With summer around the corner and hours of sunlight after work, there’s no better time to get out and do some exercise.
Whether it’s running, cycling or if you still prefer the four walls of your trusty gym, here are the best tech buys to help with your fitness routine.
From massage machines to wireless earphones, there’s something for all fitness fiends here.
Take a look below for our top gadgets of 2022.
Time to track Garmin Epix
If your idea of exercise is day-long hikes and trail runs in the hills, the Epix is your best friend.
It’s packed with tracking modes covering everything from climbing to paddleboarding, and offers rich colour maps you can view from the watch’s vibrant Amoled colour screen.
It also doubles as a smartwatch, letting you pay your way or keep a close eye on WhatsApp chats, and can last for weeks away from its charger.
Polar’s Pacer has pretty much everything you could want in a sports watch without burning a big hole in your bank balance. It has a slim, light look with a screen that’s easy to see in direct sunlight and has the sensors on board to track runs, swims and more.
You can use Polar’s Training Load Pro insights to make sure you’re not overdoing it with training, and a walking test makes it easier to assess your current level of fitness.
Huawei Watch GT Runner
Huawei’s first running-focused watch can track more than pavement and off-road pounding just like its other GT series watches but serves up dedicated software smarts for treadmill and parkrun lovers.
It can generate personalised training plans to help you run your first 5k or a faster marathon and predict how quickly you’ll get to that finishing line. It gives staples like letting you view notifications, plus it controls your music and offers a two-week battery life.
Fitbit’s most attractive and slender tracker handles staples like counting your steps and monitoring sleep and heart rate with ease.
It packs in sensors and uses data such as your activity tracking to deliver a daily readiness score out of 100.
If that score is low, Fitbit will recommend what you should do to help your body recover instead of powering through another spin class.
Jabra Elite 4 Active
The Elite 4 Actives are slapped with a strong IP57 water resistance rating, making them fit for tough workouts.
There’s active noise cancellation when you don’t want to hear the hubbub from the gym floor and a fast charge mode that will top you up with an hour of play time before you need it before it’s time for a lunchtime HIIT session.
Philips TAA6606BK Headphones
Philips uses bone conduction technology for its headband-style ’phones to make sure you can still hear the world around you when you take the exercise time outdoors.
Unlike a lot of bone conduction headphones, there’s a dedicated bass mode to get more of an audio thump and it even finds room for a safety light for an extra hit of visibility for night-time exercise time.
JLab Go Air Pop
These dinky truly wireless earbuds offer an IPX4 water and sweat-resistant design, and let you choose from three EQ modes directly from the buds.
These can make them better suited to bass-heavy workout playlists or will hone in on voices when you swap music for some podcast or audiobook time to keep your mind distracted from entering the pain cave.
Recovery Day Achedaway Cup Massage
This smart suction cup can be dropped on to all parts of the body including the back of the neck and legs, and will deliver a blend of red-light therapy and massaging technology to boost blood circulation and help aching limbs recover quickly.
There’s an app to control cupping time and it has an easy clean design if you want to share that cupping love.
Therabody RecoveryAir JetBoots
Slip on these inflating boots and they’ll deliver a pneumatic compression massage with multiple pressure and time settings to give you full control of how long and intense that massage is.
There are no wires to get in the way and it features an easy-to-reach control panel to adjust boot settings.
Hyperice HyperVolt Go 2
When the soreness sets in, a massage gun that’s small enough to throw into a travel bag will pummel away at the pain with a pick of three percussion massage intensities depending on how deep you want to go.
It uses Hyperice’s QuietGlide technology to massage with minimal noise and has a battery to help tackle those aches for three hours before it needs powering up again.
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