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Best fitness tech and weight-loss devices to enhance your workout


It’s time to upgrade your home workout (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

Looking to shift a few pounds or work on your health and fitness?

These non-surgical gadgets can make the weight-loss process easier.

Whether you’re a hardcore gym devotee or new to the world of fitness tech, these can overhaul your fitness, enhance your workouts and help you track your progress.

Check out some of the best below.

Hytro’s Blood Flow Restriction technology

Increase muscle size and strength (Picture: Hytro)

If you haven’t heard of Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) training, you may recognise it as occlusion training.

Used to increase muscle size and strength, and aid in recovery, BFR involves putting tightened straps around your limbs during resistance training.

These straps let oxygenated blood flow to the muscles while restricting what returns to the heart. The blood remains in the muscle, causing it to swell, and metabolites responsible for muscle growth are released.

BFR achieves the results you get from high intensity and high loads while working with lighter weights.

Hytro specialises in BFR fitness gear and within its Performance TechWear range are training tops for men and women that have the straps built in.

Each garment is worn like a training top and the straps can be released or tightened manually.

From £99, hytro.com/product

HigherDOSE Sauna Blanket

Sweat off fat while you relax (Picture: HigherDOSE)

A growing number of celebrities, from Jennifer Aniston to Leonardo DiCaprio, rave about the benefits of infrared saunas. It’s become such a trend that searches for sauna blankets increased by 20,600% last year.

One of the best we have tried is from HigherDOSE. Each blanket resembles a sleeping bag and, once you’re cocooned inside, the built-in infrared technology increases your body’s thermal energy.

This promotes an increase in blood flow, causing you to sweat like you’re working out all while just lying down.

Beyond the detoxing benefits, the increase in blood circulation delivers nutrients to your muscles to help with recovery.

It also helps burn calories because your body needs energy to respond to the changes in heat.

£469, higherdose.com

Lumen

Lumen uses a breathalyser to hack your metabolism

The new year is when many of us set eating habits or try to undo damage caused by festive feasting. Designed to help you ‘hack’ your metabolism, Lumen analyses carbon dioxide levels in your breath to tell you whether your body is getting its energy from burning fat or carbs.

From this, Lumen suggests meal plans, advises on the food you should be eating and calculates if you have enough energy before you take part in a workout.

It doesn’t create a one-size-fits-all diet for you, nor does it tell you to cut out entire food groups. Instead, Lumen tracks metabolic flexibility to make use of nutrients and add moderation to diets.

It’s time-consuming but we have noticed an improvement in our sleeping habits and general energy levels, as well as feeling less tired.

From £249, lumen.me

SixPad Foot Fit

Foot Fit sends targeted electrical pulses to your muscles (Picture: SixPad)

It may look like a vibration plate but SixPad’s Foot Fit is a targeted fitness solution for the lower legs. This makes it ideal for runners, cyclists or people with circulation problems.

Rather than vibrating, the Foot Fit plate sends electrical pulses into the muscles in your feet using electrical muscle stimulation technology — the same technology used to tone your abs and other muscles in toning belts.

When used on the feet, the pulses help stimulate, train and strengthen the muscles in your feet, calves, tibia muscles and thighs, all while improving circulation and balance. It’s an odd but not unpleasant sensation and the Foot Fit can be used while you’re sitting at your desk.

£350, sixpad.com

Beurer EM 39 2-in-1 Abdominal and Back Muscle Belt

Target your back and abs at the same time (Picture: Beurer)

There are countless toning belts out there but few target both your abdominal and back muscles as the EM39 2-in-1 from Beurer does.

The belt can be used on its own or while working out to strengthen the central and lateral abdominal muscles, plus central back muscles.

The adjustable intensity and training programmes make this suitable for beginners as well as more seasoned pros, and it’s also the only belt we have managed to position correctly the first time, every time.

£53.37, amazon.co.uk

Tangram Rookie smart rope

Get skipping with a smart rope (Picture: Tangram)

TikTok has been awash with smart hula hoops but smart skipping ropes such as Tangram’s Rookie are the next big thing.

You can customise Rookie’s length to suit your height or goals. For instance, making the rope shorter causes a more intense jump.

You can track your jumping habits on an app. Judging by our Apple Watch, we burn more calories from a ten-minute skip than a 30-minute treadmill jog.

£39.99, currentbody.com

EUFY C1 Smart Scale

Track your progress (Picture: EUFY C1)

Anyone looking to get in shape knows it’s not just the pounds lost, or gained, that count. The most effective way to track progress is by monitoring percentages, body measurements, muscle mass, the fat around your organs — and more. Tracking all that is possible with the EUFY C1 scales.

Standing on the scales with bare feet, sensors send small, undetectable electrical currents through your body. The more resistance they meet, the more fat you have and the scales show body measurements.

These scales are the easiest we’ve used — both in terms of set-up and everyday use — and they sync with apps including Apple Health, Google Fit and Fitbit.

£29.99, currys.co.uk

Reviber Fusion Vibration Plate Exercise

Tone up with a vibration plate (Picture: Reviber)

If you’re looking to tone up and get the most out of each workout, a vibration plate such as Reviber’s Fusion is a great place to start. When you sit or stand on the plate, it sends vibrations through your body.

Your muscle fibres respond to these vibrations to keep you steady, and these contractions are akin to those made while working out. This alone has been shown to increase blood flow, improve flexibility and reduce muscle soreness.

When the plate is factored into workout routines, it can boost fat burn and weight loss by increasing the muscle response of each movement.

You’re putting more effort into the exercise without realising, causing an increase in the amount of energy being used. Reviber’s quiet, flat-friendly plate comes with resistance bands.

£199.99, argos.co.uk

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