Alright lard–buckets, no more excuses about your gadget dependency impeding you from getting off the sofa. There’s tech galore to deal with your paunch, with some killer new toys set to hit the shelves and synergise your fitness drive and gadget habit. Here’s our pick of the five best pieces of kit to liven up your new Lycra workout outfit.
Wii Fit, £70
Preorders have already sold out, so it’s official – Wii Fit is going to turn gamers from gunters to gym–bunnies. The bundled balance board calculates your BMI before sending you off to lark about ski–jumping, try your hand at yoga and, er, dodge pandas being thrown at your head. It’s genius, make no mistake.
Orange eDiet, £TBA
Orange’s app concept, due later this year, will act as your personal Mr Motivator, minus the luminous spandex. Enter your weight and height to get your BMI and it’ll tell you what to do to lose your double chin. On top of that you can snap pictures of barcodes, enter the details and get the calorie count.
Adidas Samsung F110 miCoach, from £20
Hardcore runners only here. Strap the bundled heart–rate monitor to your chest, stick the stride sensor on your sneakers and off you go. You’ll get audio feedback on distance covered, as well as telling you when you’ve hit your ‘energy zone’. Drop below it and the MP3 player will chuck on a motivational power ballad.
Nike+ SportBand, £40
Like Nike’s tie–in with the iPod, SportBand monitors distance, time, pace, calories burnt or even just how long you’ve got ‘til Neighbours starts. It all works courtesy of the USB–toting wristband, which you can slap into your PC and check on your progress. Nike says they’re bringing the brand to the iPhone too. Talk about a full–on gadget/fitness mash up.
Nokia Sports Tracker, £Free
Finally, that GPS on your N95 has a use beyond finding new pubs near your flat. Sports Tracker plots your route using the satnav, which you can then share with mates via the power of social networking. Like miCoach it’ll monitor your distance, pace and average speed. A nice compromise if you’ve got a fancy N series already and want to max out its powers.
You can hear more about these top 5 fat busters on this week’s Stuff.tv podcast. Go on then, off you waddle.