Fitness and wellness doesn’t just mean spending hours in the gym and an extensive wardrobe of leggings and sports bras any more. Health technology has well and truly arrived, and you can now work on improving your life, wellbeing and health with gadgets of every kind. From sensors to handheld tools to home tech, whatever you’re looking to fix, there’s a fitness gadget for it. Here’s our pick of the best ones out there.
If the post-workout sore muscles you suffer from can‘t be soaked away in a bath and make walking up a set of stairs a truly uncomfortable experience (we’ve been there and trust us, we understand), Theragun is the fitness gadget that’s calling out your name. A self-massage tool, it was developed by chiropractor James Wersland following a motorcycle accident, and it’s designed to allow you to get rid of muscle soreness, tightness and bodily aches and pains when you can’t get to a massage therapist.
The massage gun sits comfortably in your hand, allowing you to use it all over your body to relieve tension and stress. And it really works. We recommend giving it a go on the soles of your feet to massage away post-run soreness and feel as though you’re walking on air.
The Tone Capsules
Nootropics are a health gadget that you can’t be without. Ok, so you swallow them instead of wearing them on your wrist, but they’re still a piece of relatively new technology which will improve your life. Formulated by leading nutritionists, these nootropics contain a groundbreaking combination of science-backed, functional ingredients which will put you closer towards achieving your health goals. The Tone Capsules are the ideal choice if you’re looking to lean up and increase your muscle definition - if you have other goals, check out our other capsules, designed to help you relax, focus and recover.
These capsules are proven to help improve definition and body tone, reduce cravings for food and gently raise your metabolism. Some of the magical ingredients behind how they work include matcha green tea, which helps protect against heart disease, improve skin quality and increase energy and focus levels, and yerba mate, the leaves of an evergreen tree native to South America, which has a high antioxidant content and have been shown to potentially help delay the absorption of fat in the body.
HATCH Sleep Sound Machine + Bedside Smart Light
Struggle to sleep? If you’re spending your nights tossing and turning as opposed to sleeping like a baby, you should firstly check out our The Relax Capsules, nootropics designed to reduce stress, promote relaxation and help you get a great night's sleep. Once you’ve got those backing you up, the HATCH Sleep Sound Machine + Bedside Smart Light is the health gadget which will help you to fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow. A smart light and noise machine, it has multiple light settings including sunrise and reading. The sound setting includes up to 31 customisable choices, with our favourites including rain sounds, white noise or even a soothing voice. If sleep is a struggle for you, this bedside companion could just be the thing which helps you to get the rest you need.
Sometimes when you’re searching for the best fitness tracker, you want something that doesn’t look, well...like a fitness tracker. That’s where the Motiv Ring comes in. A chic and stylish ring that will blend seamlessly with your other jewellery or stand out beautifully if you don’t tend to wear any, it’s the most discreet and best-looking fitness tracker we’ve seen.
Once you’ve sized your finger, which the company make it very easy to do, all you have to do is slip it on and the 24/7 tracking of your heart rate, sleep and activity and more will begin. These stats, available on an easy-to-use online account, will help to give you a truly comprehensive review of your health and wellbeing.
Iris Illuminating Eye Massager
Many things conspire against us in our constant struggle to face the world with bright, open eyes. Lack of sleep, too much screen time, too much salt and the involuntary rubbing of one’s eyes at a news cycle that seems to beggar belief are just some of the things which puffy eyes are caused by. While this massager does look as though it might belong in your bedside table drawer as opposed to pressed against your face, it’s the one thing we’ve found which reliably and quickly depuffs tired, sore eyes and leaves us ready to take on the world.
The tool twists and massages with an adjustable intensity, meaning you can set it higher or lower depending on how early you woke up to work out this morning. To use it, apply your favourite eye cream and massage gently around your eyes while it works its buzzing magic.