Top tech for staying healthy in 2015

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If you’re kicking off the New Year with plans to get healthy and stay there you’ll probably need all the help you can get. Thankfully there’s lots of really cool tech out there that will help you get fit and healthy. Just remember that you’ll still need to make the effort to exercise and maintain a balanced diet!

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Smart Scales

No one likes stepping on the scales after Christmas, but a set of smart scales can be your friend, not your enemy. These high tech weighing machines will display your weight, body fat percentage and BMI, but the really clever part is that your data will be recorded and sent to a companion app on your phone. You can then track your weight and body fat over time, seeing when you’re doing well and when you’ve slipped into old, bad habits.
Worth a look: Fitbit Aria
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Activity Tracker

The market was flooded with new activity trackers in 2014 so you’ll have no problem finding one to suit your needs and budget. An activity tracker will measure every step you take throughout the day and estimate the distance you’ve travelled and the calories you’ve burned. All that data is synchronised with an app on your phone so you can easily see how active (or not) you’ve been so far today, and how today compares to yesterday, or any other day for that matter. You can get trackers that live on your wrist, in your pocket or clipped to your clothing – some are even waterproof.
Worth a look: Jawbone UP24
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Heart Rate Monitor

If you’re embarking on a new exercise regime it’s important to train the right way and listen to what your body is telling you. A heart rate monitor gives you clear insight into how your body is reacting (or coping) with your training plan. You can tailor your training intensity based on how hard your heart is working, and get a real indication of how you’re progressing over time. Grab a heart rate monitor that has GPS built in, and you’ll be able to track your speed, distance and route when you’re running, too.
Worth a look: TomTom Runner Cardio
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Blood Pressure Monitor

We should all keep an eye on our blood pressure, if it’s too high or too low it can be an indicator of a potentially serious health problem. Instead of running to your doctor every day to have your blood pressure taken, you can simply buy a home blood pressure monitor. As well as giving you a reading within a minute or so, your data will also be synchronised online and with a mobile app on your phone so you can track your blood pressure over time.
Worth a look: Withings Blood Pressure Monitor
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Food Tracking App

Keeping track of what you’re putting into your body is a vital piece of the healthy lifestyle puzzle. Thankfully the days of carrying a notepad and pencil with you and writing down everything you eat are over. The modern equivalent is a food tracking app on your phone, whereby you can log everything you eat, and the app will automatically list the calories associated with said food. Some apps even let you scan the bar codes on food then automatically log all the relevant data. Many food trackers work in conjunction with your activity tracker, and will dynamically alter your allotted calories for the day based on your activity.
Worth a look: My Fitness Pal
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