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FIT AND YOU ’ LL KNOW IT

RUNNING, SWIMMING, CYCLING, ROWING, CHEESEROLLING… NO MATTER HOW YOU GET YOUR FITNESS KICKS, WE’VE PICKED THE BEST KIT, APPS AND EXPERT ADVICE TO HELP YOU GO THE EXTRA MILE

FITNESS TECH

KEEP ON MOVING

Dave Wright, creator of the Myzone fitness wearable and advisor to Ukactive, on staying fit past January

1 Goal machine The key to exercise sustainability is setting realistic expectations. You need to set longer-term targets and try to connect socially with like-minded people. Fitness tech with online communities can be really effective here.

2 Track star There are loads of fitness trackers out there, but before buying, identify the problem you are trying to solve and what exactly you want to track. If it’s purely about recording steps, smartphone apps do that for nothing.

3 Cheer leader If you get lonely working from home, exercise can be a powerful depression fighter. It promotes neural growth, reduced inflammation and activity patterns promoting calm and wellbeing. It also releases nice endorphins.

STAY INDOORS

DON’T LET WINTER WIN: THIS KIT LETS YOU SHAPE UP AT HOME

Safely in the pack It’s heavy, so make sure you lift with your knees, but it folds down to reasonable size for storage when it’s nice outside.

Fans in the road Riding indoors is very sweaty. The Kickr Headwind fan (£199) cools and simulates the windspeed you’d be feeling riding outdoors.

Wahoo Kickr 2018 from £999 / uk.wahoofitness.com

Winter’s here and it’s far too cold and wet to go out on the bike. Time to start racking up the virtual miles so you’re not at the back of the pack when spring comes.

Right out of the box, you’ll notice the Wahoo Kickr is considerably heavier than your fancy carbon bike, but that just makes it stable and confidence-inspiring while you’re trying to push 400 Watts for that bit of interval training.

It can be used with all types of bikes too, with height adjustments for those with wheels from 24 to 29in and hub options for traditional QR skewers or more modern Thru Axles. As your bike is mounted directly to the trainer, it’s almost silent while you’re pedalling – great if you’re watching TV or listening to podcasts while working out.

Setting up is as easy as riding a bike: download the Wahoo fitness app and it connects to the Kickr via Bluetooth; a quick calibration and you’re ready to ride. The app also acts as a workout hub, showing your speed, distance, time and cadence, shouting out information for the last km. It also supports heart-rate monitoring, as long as you’ve sprung for extra sensors.

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