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Connect: Tech to help you hold on to those healthy fitness habits

IF YOUR healthy intentions for 2019 went out of the window yesterday, don’t beat yourself up — you’re not alone. Thursday, January 17 is the day people in the UK are most likely to down their workout tools and turn to drinks and chocolates. That’s according to data from the world’s largest social network for sports, Strava, which scanned 98.3 million exercise activities to spot when our fitness intentions would fall by the wayside.

If you wobbled, help is at hand. The best way to turn temporary intentions into long-term habits is to find an activity you love. That’s where tech comes in. These clever gadgets will turn a sport you’re fond of into a fat-burning, mood-boosting passion.



For those times when it’s too wet or windy to venture outdoors, you need a turbo trainer. Lock your bike into the wheel-on KICKR SNAP (top) and you get a decent outdoor cycling feel without fighting the weather. It measures speed, distance and power, plays nice with training platforms such as Zwift, and offers controlled resistance that adapts to the climbs and efforts in those virtual worlds. There’s also ANT+ and Bluetooth for looping in other accessories. £499.99,


Garmin Edge 1030

Hunt Strava segments as you ride, and get turn-by-turn navigation, rider-to-rider messaging and early warnings when you’re approaching a potentially calamitous hairpin. £499.99,


Pivot Yoga

This smart yoga-training system can take your at-home yoga sessions to the next level. The outfit looks, feels and washes just like regular workout gear but it’s way cleverer. Small embedded motion sensors wirelessly control an on-screen avatar so you can see if you’re hitting the right form, helping you to strike perfect poses without an instructor. $99 (£77), plus $19 (£15) monthly subscription,


Nadi X Smart Yoga Pants

Need a nudge to get into downward dog? The sensors in these app-powered smart leggings provide haptic feedback to gently buzz when you’re hitting the right form. $249 (£193, plus shipping),

Crossfit/strength training


Nexus does the complicated job of tracking more than 140 strength-training moves common in Crossfit. Motion sensors and machine learning decipher when you’re doing a deadlift, a double under, a barbell clean or just reaching for your towel. With real-time feedback on power, work, round splits and rest times, you can train smarter, spot over-training and avoid injury. The partner app lets you monitor progress and compete against users worldwide. $299 (£233, free shipping),


JaxJox KettlebellConnect

The JaxJox adjustable smart kettlebell packs six weights in one, ranging from 12lb to 42lb. It records reps, sets and power, and offers 14 days’ workout time on a single charge. £329.99,


Garmin eTrex 30x

This powerful trekking partner lets you hit the trails safe in the knowledge that you know where you are. Its 3-axis compass, combined with GPS and GLONASS, provides a fast, reliable fix on your location, while the barometric altimeter pinpoints altitude. It’s preloaded with satnav-style routable mapping and a 4GB internal memory that’s expandable with a micro-SD card so you can add more. £219.99,


Leki Micro Vario Carbon Poles

Hike further for longer. These height-adjustable 226g super-lightweight sticks pack down to just 38cm for easy stowage and can make you ten per cent more efficient on the hills. £149,


Under Armour HOVR Connected Shoes

These connected kicks feature embedded sensors to track pace, distance, duration and speed, along with running-form metrics such as cadence and stride-length. They fire real-time readouts to the MapMyRun app and, post-jog, you get coaching tips to help you improve running technique. From £105 (full range available Feb 1),


Jaybird Tarah Pro

Stacked full of neat tricks, the Tarah Pro has 14 hours of battery life, rapid charge, swivelling buds for under- or over-ear wear and magnetic clips for easy stashing. £139.99,


SIXPAD Training Suit

This super-compressive suit makes your muscles work 1.3 times harder during your workout. Once you’ve squeezed into the sleeves, tights and waist belt, targeted compression provides extra resistance around key muscles. Ideal for adding extra effort to HIIT-style workouts. £275,


Scosche Rhythm 24

Wrist-based optical heart-rate trackers struggle to track high-intensity effort accurately but chest straps can be uncomfortable. These forearm or biceps-worn straps offer a third way, with excellent accuracy and comfort. €99.99 (£88),


Sony WF-SP900 Headphones

Doing laps with your head in the water can be isolating and dull. These headphones let you tap into the motivational powers of music to jazz up your water-based workouts. The built-in player stores up to 1,000 songs, while six hours of playback can be extended to 21 hours with extra juice from a charging case. £219,


Nike Swim Hand Paddles

These resistance paddles build more strength from every stroke, while perforations reduce shoulder strain and double straps make for better fit. £17.99,