Best fitness gadgets for Christmas: Get a head start on your New Year resolutions

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Spending a bit of time getting fitter is often at the top of most people’s list of new year’s resolutions.

And there’s all kinds of different tech gadgets that promise to help get you into shape – so many that it can be tricky knowing which ones to go for.

Whether it’s a wrist-based tracker or a sweat-resistant pair of wireless headphones, we’ve taken a look at the best gadgets for getting in shape.

Here’s our pick of the top fitness gadgets this Christmas.

Fitbit Charge 2

(Photo: Fitbit)

If it’s plain fitness you’re after then forget the Apple Watch or Garmin’s chunky wrist-huggers and give the Charge 2 a chance.

Obviously it’s not for hardcore athletes, as it doesn’t include GPS, but for everyone else the Charge 2 pretty much gets it spot on.

The price isn’t astronomical and the features it has are all the ones you really need. Well, apart from water resistance.

Buy the Fitbit Charge 2 here.

Monster iSport Victory wireless headphones

The iSport Victory headphones are sweat resistant – which is useful (Photo: Monster)

Monster has given the iSport Victory a new, reflective cable that gives it more visibility in low-light. The in-line remote is also chunky, with raised buttons that mean you can operate it just by touch, which is useful when you’re concentrating on your sport.

Lastly, the design feels tough and durable. The iSport Victory headphones are sweat resistant, so you don’t need to worry about wearing them out in the rain.

Buy the Monster iSport Victory wireless headphones here.

Skulpt Chisel

The Skulpt Chisel is the latest contender promising to give you the ultimate insight into how your body is performing.

It uses small electrical impulses to measure the density of both your body fat and your muscle quality (that’s the force your muscles can produce relative to their size).

The gadget is about the size of an original iPod and will set you back £89. That makes it more than just a casual purchase but also cheaper than a membership with a personal trainer.

Buy the Skulpt Chisel here.

Slendertone Connect Abs

Electronic muscle stimulation has come a long way since the cringeworthy efforts of the 1990s. Slendertone’s latest unisex belt focuses on the core and sends shocks of electricity through your abs to contract and expand the muscles.

The company says that 30 minutes using the belt is the equivalent to cranking out 202 sit-ups.

And, just to make it even more techy, it connects to an app on your phone that you can use to adjust the intensity and record your progress.

Buy the Slendertone Connect Abs here.

Sense sleep tracker

Don’t let anyone kid you that getting enough sleep isn’t an important part of keeping fit.

Rather than a wearable device, Sense is a spherical little gadget roughly the size of an orange that sits on your nightstand and communicates with a tiny “pill” that you stick inside your pillow.

It measures things like temperature, noise, light and movement and will wake you up at the optimum time with gentle alarms and a glowing ambiance.