sport chic

Fight the fat with the treadmill desk

Used by the likes of Google, Microsoft, Nike and The White House active workstations enable you to work AND walk at the same time. Basically you can get physical at work – so to speak – without impacting on your busy schedule.

treadmilldesk

There are different models to suit your office needs so you can get the right active workstation to best meet your needs. The desks are ergonomically engineered with built in cushioning on the desk front for your wrist, with a large desk size to replicate conventional desk space.

The workstations are also Bluetooth-enabled to wirelessly sync with a computer. This shares your data with a proprietary app that sits on your computer desktop. You can track your steps taken, walking time, calories burned, distance travelled all on your computer screen as you walk.

Perfect way to get fit this New Year!

Available to buy in the UK from www.lifespan-fitness.co.uk. Priced from £1499.99

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The Geek’s Guide to Fitness!

Geek's Guide to Fitness
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Four fab fitness gadgets for the new year

New year, new you and all that! Shake off those excess pounds with these four, fab fitness gadgets.

Cycling

The CycleOps JetFluid Pro Trainer is great for all you budding cyclists out there who want to train indoors too in the winter months. Simply hook your bike up to the Pro Trainer and it basically becomes an indoor exercise bike.

Price £240  Available from www.rutlandcycling.com

Swimming

If you’re a fan of swimming and want to try and improve your technique then check out the Finis Forearm Fulcrum. This clever little strap improves your stroke by keeping your hand, wrist and elbow in the correct position.

Price £12 Available from www.amazon.co.uk

Toning

The Reebok EasyTone Step will develop your core strength. Small but very effective the EasyTone Step rests on air chambers that create an unstable surface improving your balance too.

Price £60 Available from www.johnlewis.com

Running

Always getting cold hands when running in winter, then the SealSkinz Ultra Grip Hi Vis Gloves are a January must have. They are waterproof, windproof, breathable and offer great grip too.

Price £30 Available from

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Unflattering Facebook photos top new poll of weight loss triggers

Pics of muffin tops, bingo wings and double chins on social networks make Brits more body conscious than ever before. This summer one in five Brits will be spurred on to get into shape after seeing themselves tagged in an unflattering Facebook photo or holiday snap.

The new research by Fitbit, America’s fastest growing fitness and wellbeing brand, revealed 20% of Brits now consider themselves to be more body conscious since the possibility of being tagged in a photo on Facebook or other social networks. And a third have had to de-tag themselves as they were embarrassed to appear fat and unattractive to their Facebook friends!

In fact, when it comes to getting in shape, Facebook shame came above preparing to bare all on holiday (17%) and not being able to squeeze into a favourite summer dress (16%), the traditional triggers to losing weight for summer.

Of course, when we do feel good about ourselves then we are more willing to be posted across social networks, with 40% more likely to share photos of themselves when content with their shape.

In the research of 2,000 Brits by One Poll, other key weight loss triggers include partners (14%) and healthcare professionals (11%) telling us that we need to shape up, seeing a friend or family member lose weight (7%), trimming down for a wedding (6%) and seeking a sex drive boost (4%).

The new Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale, now available in the UK, helps monitor and manage weight, BMI and percentage body fat and syncs to the Fitbit profile, providing an overall picture of weight and fitness goals.

The Fitbit Aria (£99.99) is available to order now at Fitbit.com and fromAmazonFirebox.co.uk and Apple stores.

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Sport Chic: Tour de France Training Bike

The 2012 Tour de France will start on June 30 from Liège in Belgium and end on July 2 in Paris and is the world’s best known cycling race. Fancy taking part this year?

The Proform Tour de France indoor cycle is the official training bike for the competition and combines cycling’s most prestigious event with the latest technology.

The bike utilises iFit Live technology which is powered by Google Maps so users can see and experience the Tour de France course for themselves.

Basically, the route is pre-programmed and is viewed on Street View – just like you’re actually there. It also features Real Road Resistance technology which means the bike will incline and decline as it progresses along a route to simulate the mapped terrain. Fancy being King of the Mountains? You can compete against others with the same technology from around the world.

If users tire of the Tour de France route they can make up a course of their own using Google Maps. Maybe they would want to cycle the Great Ocean Road in Australia or along the coast of South Africa around Cape Town – they can all be cycled from your own front room!

The bike has been designed to provide the optimum cycling experience by simulating the combined resistance from four major factors that affect road cyclists: body size, wind resistance, road grade and tyre contact. All very clever.

By experiencing the thrills and spills of the Tour de France, people can take part in the world’s best cycle race without leaving the house!

The bike is priced at £1,299.  Find out more at www.proformfitness.co.uk.

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