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7 great ways technology can help you keep fit

Innovations that help you stay healthy

Forget the stereotype of the gadget-loving couch potato. These innovations can help you stay trim, monitor your fitness and even save your life.

Gadgets to keep you fit

While some of the technologies we've outlined seem somewhat niche, others can be useful regardless of a person's current state of health. Some simply make it more convenient to strap on an MP3 player and set off on an extended run, while others seek to instruct you as you train.

While there are gadgets out there to help you monitor your speed and heart rate if your goal is to beat a personal best, not all are designed to help you give Paula Radcliffe a run for her money. If just thinking about going for a run brings you out in a cold sweat, fear not – we've found some gadgets designed for gentle exercise, so you needn't run the risk of pulling a muscle.

Nintendo's Wii Fit is probably the most fun and least strenuous of all the gadgets we've tried. You can simply recreate a series of stretches, exercises and yoga poses based around the bundled balance board and optional exercise mat. The Wii Fit can be used alone or with friends, which is great for some healthy competition.

For users of the firm's DS handheld games console, Nintendo is launching My Health Coach: Weight Management this summer. The software comes with a pedometer, which counts the steps you take during the day. This data is transferred to your DS, which monitors your health programme. The software also features daily challenges, trivia games and hints and tips.

And while you're using your DS to keep your body in shape, you can keep your brain in shape too, with Brain Training. The software offers daily mental-agility challenges and games to keep you on the ball.

If you're more interested in monitoring your food intake, Orange's e-Diet is ideal. Expected to launch later this year, the site (which will also be accessible from mobile phones) will allow you to look up the calories in various foods, track your daily intake and calculate your BMI. e-Diet will also provide motivational messages – just in case you feel like indulging in some chocolate.

FitBug.com is a similar website that works in conjunction with The Bug (a pedometer). You connect this to your PC and upload data to the site; FitBug analyses your activity levels and matches them to a health or slimming plan. The £9-per-month Bupa-backed system has been designed with the help of sports nutritionist Becky Stevenson, who is currently working with the British tennis team, and fitness expert Georgina Jupp.

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  2. Healthy competition
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  8. Get shapely, safely

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