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2018 IS finally here, and we are well and truly into our fitness regime/detox and all of our New Year’s resolutions, right...? No? Don’t worry too much, as we still have 11 more months to truly push and achieve all of the health and fitness goals we set out on January 1. Whether you’re looking for some new kicks for that extra spring in your step or the latest gadgetry to help you along in your journey to better health, we have compiled another list of goodies – whatever your budget may be – to help you get fit and look good this year.


On Cloud X – RRP £125

On are a revolutionary Swiss running brand created by former athletes. Their aim is to create a running shoe that gives the perfect running sensation for a cushioned landing and a firm take off. The Cloud X is one of the latest styles in their creations that we looked at. These shoes are noticeably lightweight and extremely comfortable which is ideal for not just running but also a mixture of workouts and activities. The secret to this shoe’s success lies in the sole, which uses zero-gravity foam, trademarked CloudTec. A breathable, engineered mesh upper and dynamic colour options make this shoe the perfect training partner. Visit https://www.on-running.com/en-gb/ to view the range and for more details.


Ultimate Ears Blast Speakers – RRP £199

Ultimate Ears have a reputation for powerful sound and quality custom-fi tted earphones used by musicians in live concerts. This technology has been adapted to their range of powerful portable 360-degree sound speakers such as the BLAST. Make no mistake these really loud speakers pack a 12-hour battery life as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology. Its secret weapon is the addition of Amazon Echo allowing you to control your workout music with your voice. Other impressive features include waterproof protection for up to three feet of water meaning there is no limit to your activities. See https://www.ultimateears.com/en-gb.


New Balance Visaro Boots – RRP £160

If you are looking to upgrade your football boots, you should consider the Visaro 2.0 boots from New Balance. It features a vari-zone ariaprene upper, giving you incredible ball manipulation. It feels comfortable thanks to the fresh foam in-sock, which gives extra cushioning. And the super-flex sole plate means you will experience exceptional ground contact. Visit https://www.newbalance.co.uk.


New Balance Sportswear Green Hoody CXXV – RRP £55

New Balance has launched a sportswear range to celebrate the 125 year anniversary of Liverpool Football Club. As part of the collection this hoody features a grey LFC embroidery to the left of the chest with a grey CXXV (Roman for 125) below it. It is comfortable and stylish, made with 60 per cent cotton and has a full front zip opening and pockets to either side. This hoody is great during or post workout and it is an added bonus if you support the club. Visit https://store.liverpoolfc.com to buy.


Garmin Forerunner 645m – RRP £349.99

Garmin show no signs of slowing down with product releases with their recently announced new smart watch Forerunner 645 Music. This is an all-inclusive watch with GPS, contactless payments and integrated music with storage space for 500 songs. The idea is you can go on your run or workout and leave your phone behind. You can enjoy a full week of battery life in smart watch mode and five hours in constant GPS mode with music. See http://www.garmin.com/en-GB/ for more.


HTC Vive – RRP £599

Now this is a little different from the other items but still quite effective. Virtual reality, or VR, made waves in 2017 and is set to add to that in 2018. The HTC Vive is one of the VR products out now in the market. It does have a big price tag at £599, but you get a headset, two intuitive wireless controls and two base stations with 360 degree play tracking coverage. With games like BoxVR and Racket NX you can experience high-intensity cardio workouts from the comfort of your own home. Perfect if you’re not a fan of working out in the winter weather. See https://www.vive.com/uk/ for more details.

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