We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

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.

Keep on running

For those after a gadget to motivate and track some serious fitness progress there's plenty to be had – from the Nike + system (reviewed here) which uses an iPod and a pair of trainers to wirelessly monitor your pace, calories burned and distance travelled, to the Adidas-branded Samsung F110 mobile phone that offers similar functions (reviewed here).

The GMaps Pedometer is a Google Maps widget that records distances travelled during a running or walking workout by simply entering the route taken.

If you're after a watch that doubles as a heart monitor, look to Suunto's training devices (suuntowatches.com), which come bundled with a heart-rate monitor belt. Worn across the chest, the belt monitors your heartbeat and communicates with the watch to calculate calories burned.

Garmin's Forerunner watches are also able to measure your heartbeat while training. The entry-level Forerunner 50 uses a foot pod to monitor speed and distance; the top-end Garmin Forerunner 405 (reviewed here) employs GPS satellite technology to track your position and progress. Both feature a USB stick that plugs into the user's PC and automatically downloads workout data stored on the watch.

Visit PC Advisor's dedicated Games website to download hundreds of the latest titles, to read gaming news and reviews and to pick up tips and discuss your favourite games in the popular PC Advisor Games forum

  1. Innovations that help you stay healthy
  2. Healthy competition
  3. Remote healthcare
  4. Technology closer to home
  5. Seeing the light
  6. Gadgets to keep you fit
  7. Keep on running
  8. Get shapely, safely

IDG UK Sites

Best January sales 2015 UK tech deals LIVE: Best New Year bargains and savings on phones, tablets,...

IDG UK Sites

Chromebooks: ready for the prime time (but not for everybody)

IDG UK Sites

Best Photoshop Tutorials 2014: 10 inspiring step-by-step guides to creating amazing art,...

IDG UK Sites

Mac tips tricks & hacks: 10 things you didn't know your Mac could do