Diet & Nutrition

Gemma McCaw shares 5 handy gadgets that can re-energise your workout

Reached a plateau in your health and fitness goals? Technology could help revamp your exercise regime, writes Gemma McCaw.

By Gemma McCaw
Keeping fit needn't cost a lot of money, but if you're finding yourself lacking in motivation, there are some great gadgets available these days to help you stay on track.
In fact, monitoring your health and fitness at home has never been easier, with technology helping you obtain better feedback about what's happening in your body.
The more insights you can gain into your health, the better placed you'll be when it comes to looking at how you can improve it.

Smart watch

Ranging in price from about $50 to over $1000, smart watches help you track your fitness and health at any time of the day.
One of the handiest functions on virtually all of them is the pedometer or step counter. Knowing just how many steps you take each day can be a huge motivator – with adults recommended to take at least 10,000 for general health.
Heart rate, sleep, calories consumed and distance covered can also be monitored, meaning you have a clear picture of your physical wellbeing every day.

Wireless headphones

Whatever your activity of choice, wireless headphones provide a soundtrack for your path to fitness.
They're sweat-resistant, fit snuggly in your ears and can stand the intensity of any workout. The Bluetooth wireless function means you can listen to your favourite tune and slip your phone into your pocket, instead of lugging it around at the gym while you work out. They're great for long walks and listening to your favourite podcasts too.

Drink device

Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your body, especially when you're exercising.
Although water bottles certainly aren't new, smart bottles are, and they remind you when it's time to take a sip! While there are a few on the market, the SmartBottle by Frank Green links to your phone via Bluetooth to enable you to track your water intake, set hydration goals, and even see how many plastic bottles you are saving from the landfill!

Appy vibes

One of the most important yet often over-looked aspects of your wellbeing is mental health.
It's important to set aside some time each day to relax and put your mind at ease, which is where technology can again come in handy. There are a huge number of apps to help with relaxation – I recommend Calm, a mindfulness and wellness app that offers daily meditation lessons covering anxiety, focus, stress, sleep, relationships and more.
Do yourself a favour and download it today.

Blender blitz

A good blender is one kitchen gadget I simply couldn't live without Every morning I whiz up a delicious smoothie of fresh fruit, leafy greens and a glug of yoghurt or oat milk. Great for kids and adults, it's a fantastic way of getting your five-plus in one easy hit.
Blenders come in all different shapes and sizes, with even the most budget-friendly suitable for most jobs.