The 10 apps and gadgets that will boost your health and wellbeing

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From Spiralizers to waterproof MP3 players, a growing number of gadgets are set to revolutionise the world of health and fitness.

Eating a nutritious diet and working out regularly are becoming easier and quicker goals to achieve, thanks to emerging technology such as the Fitbit One tracker, that measures your daily activity and sleep cycle, or the Zoku quick pop maker that uses a rapid freezing mechanism to create healthy yoghurt lollies in just seven minutes. 

Behold our favourite clean-living gadgets of 2015, from humble-but-useful devices to the savvy inventions that blow our minds...


  • Fitbit One tracker

    The Fitbit One is super-attuned with sensory powers that can detect nearly all of your daily movements, whether you're running 5K a day or lazing on the sofa.

    During the day, it tracks your steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs climbed. Come nightfall, it measures your sleep cycle to help you see how to sleep better.

    Basically, it lets you know a little TMI about what your body is doing each and every day, so you can track progress and set goals. 

    Fitbit One Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker, £79.99, Argos

  • Spiralizer

    Spiralizers are all the rage right now, offering a quick and easy way of supplanting pasta for carrot ribbons, actual noodles for "cunoodles" (cucumber noodles) and a whole range of other healthy swap-ins. 

    Health gurus the Hemsley sisters are devotees; "Rather than heavy, glutenous pasta, we use ‘courgetti’ – long strands of raw courgette cut using a spiralizer or julienne peeler," they say. "If you don’t have one of these, try a vegetable peeler for very wide ribbons, pappardelle-style."

    Spiral cutter, £26.95, Selfridge's

  • Microwave steamer container

    One of these bad boys will let you steam fish and vegetables quickly and easily in the microwave. You'll get all the goodness of steam cooking, combined with speed. And a shorter cooking time will enhance the steam effect of preserving nutrients and retaining natural flavour, moisture and freshness. 

    It's a win-win situation.

    Sistema Microwave Steamer, £3.49, John Lewis

  • Waterproof MP3 player

    Just as music helps you run, so it will also propel your swimming efforts. This incredible device lets you listen to tunes off your MP3 player underwater without the need for earphones.

    Instead, it uses audio vibrations to transmit sound straight to your inner ear, giving you the sensation that music is playing "inside" your head. Radical. 

    Finis Neptune Underwater MP3 Player, £114, Simply Swim


    Ditch that tub of raspberry ripple ice-cream and craft your own frozen yoghurt treats using this genius pop maker.

    The "quick" in the product title is the key here, with a rapid freezing mechanism ensuring the icing of up to nine healthy popsicles in just seven minutes. 

    Zoku quick pop maker, £39.99, Lakeland

  • Oil mister

    Reign in how much oil you use with a spray pump. Instead of dousing a salad or baked potato skin in the slick stuff, this nifty design will allow you to apply a fine mist, in cooking, grilling and prepping food. The same goes for covering the surface of a pan. 

    A pump like this could also be used for a light coating of vinegar. 

    Oil spray pump, £13.18, Nisbets

  • Power Press Push Up

    Love 'em or hate 'em, push-ups are just brilliant for building your core body strength and giving hard-to-access muscles a workout.

    This very clever machine targets specific muscles - chest, shoulders, back, and triceps - with a colour-coded system that lights up when you are working out a particular area of your body. The board comes with multiple positions and angles to sculpt and maximize upper body definition. And you can do all this from the comfort of your living room floor. 

    Power Press Push Up – Complete Push Up Training System, £49.95, Amazon

  • Indoor Griddle and Grill

    Don't be a slave to the weather and instead cook up light, healthy meals on this indoor grill, which can be used to create anything from grilled salmon to marinated prawns and vegetable kebabs.

    Griddling is, of course, far healthier than frying since you cook food in its own juice, and without added fat. Nutrients are retained without the need for lots of oil. 

    Cuisinart Griddle and Grill, £100, Selfridges

  • Spaghetti Measure

    Portion sizes are key to healthy eating, and since the best of us are prone to over-indulging on the spaghetti front, this custom-made measure could come in useful.

    Using a lever, you can open the camera-style aperture to the required portion size, from one to four servings.


  • Chef'n FreshForce Citrus Juicer

    Fresh juice is great, but not if it hacks 20 minutes off your mornings just to make it. This super device take the pain out of juicing, extracting 20% more liquid using far less strength than a traditional glass version requires. 

    With two settings, it juices everything from lemons, limes and mandarins to oranges or tangerines.

    Chef'n FreshForce Citrus Juicer, £40, John Lewis

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