"Let's get physical!" bellowed Olivia Newton-John back in the '80s, and unlike her luscious perm, it's advice that stood the test of time. Indeed, now that the sun's showing its face again we should all be looking to get a little bit fitter, even if it's for no other reason than getting outside and enjoying the great British summer.
Naturally, there are more benefits to leaving our cushy couches behind and indulging in some exercise, other than soaking up the sunshine. For starters, it'll mean you can enjoy all the ice-cream and delicious BBQ grub you want without feeling guilty. And as if that wasn't enough, it'll also help you stay (or get) in shape with the summer holidays on the horizon.
Whatever your reason for working out, we want to help you get the best results. But because we can't step in as your personal trainer (sorry, we don't have the time or the qualifications) we've whipped up a list of fantastic fitness tech instead. Take a look.
Fitbit has dubbed the surge a "fitness super watch" because of its ability to track almost everything your body is doing during a workout. The digital timepiece keeps tabs on steps taken, distance travelling, calories burned, active minutes, hourly activity, and even stationary time to help you analyse your routine from start to finish.
Built-in SmartTrack and Multi-Sport modes also help you track runs, bike rides, and other workouts, while a PurePulse Heart Rate monitor lets you continuously keep tabs on your ticker. A long-life battery and GPS tracker are the icing on the cake, and mean that you'll have enough juice to go the distance.
Jaybird Wireless Earbuds
A workout without a pitch perfect playlist is like a bowl of plain vanilla ice-cream. It's decent, but you know it'd be better smothered in chocolate, whipped cream, and sprinkles. Still, once you've whipped up the greatest workout playlist known to man, you'll need to do it justice by picking up a pair of earphones tailor made for the cause.
That's where the Jaybird X3 bluetooth earbuds come in. Created with fitness in mind, the stylish buds will last a full 8 hours between charges, and a sport a water resistant Hydrophobic Nano coating to protect against sweat and rain. Oh, and if you're worried about getting in a tangle mid-workout, you can wear the headphones in an under-ear or over-ear position to keep the cord out of sight (and out of mind). Perfect!
Breville VBL096 Blend-Active Personal Blender
The Blend-Active Personal Blender is designed for those on-the-go types who like to enjoy nutritious shakes and juices with their workout. Hey, that sounds a lot like you. What a coincidence! Okay, you're clearly intrigued, so allow me to continue. The bullet-shaped blender offers simple and quick blending in a portable, shatterproof bottle you can take on your fitness-fuelled travels.
With one touch controls making the actual blending process a breeze, and dishwasher safe blades keeping the washing up at bay, the Blend-Active is a no fuss machine that prioritises usability above all else. Couple that with the fact you get four spill-proof bottles in the box and an instruction booklet packed with recipe ideas, and we'd say this little ditty is quite the catch.
Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale
If you are trying to lose weight in time for your big vacation, you'll want to keep track of all those dropped pounds using the Fitbit Aria smart scale. Unlike bog-standard scales though, the Aria doesn't just let you know how much you weigh. It'll also give you a low down on your body mass index, lean mass, and body fat percentage, so it's also a useful tool for anyone looking to tone up and add some muscle to their resumé.
What's more, it also displays weight stats and progress trends in easy-to-read charts and graphs. And as you'd expect from a Fitbit product, it'll sync up with your fitness tracker so you can set goals and use the Calorie Coaching feature to achieve them in no time at all. Every little helps!