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Best running gadgets for fitness

Free running is all very well, but we’ve all got different goals and circumstances. Some run to lose weight, others to boost their aerobic fitness, while speed is the top priority of the more experienced.

Either way, there are gadgets that can help you get through the run – from tiny MP3 players, wireless headphones and the latest in running-centric trainers, armbands and backpacks – to those that help you monitor your progress. Think activity trackers, GPS watches and heart rate monitors.

Griffin Adidas miCoach Armband

Echewing GPS watches and activity tracker armbands for a free app such as RunKeeper, Endomondo Sports Tracker or MapMyRun is fine, but where will you put your phone? A downright awkward gadget to carry while on a trail, Griffin has come up with a simple armband that keeps a smartphone dry and out of the way.

An ultra-lightweight nylon band that easily adjusts in diameter, its moisture wicking claims are less impressive than its ability to stay in place. Some won’t like the restrictive feeling on their upper arm, but there’s no doubting its usefulness. As well as easily trailing headphones through a t-shirt sleeve, there’s a port for connecting the Adidas miCoach Connect heart rate monitor – hence the otherwise irrelevant branding tie-up.

Sennheiser Adidas PMX 685i Sports

Though boasting a rather odd design, it’s good to see a running-specific pair of earphones. The sweat and water-resistant – and even washable – Sennheiser Adidas PMX 685i Sports neckband headset is worn across the back of the head, thereby avoiding the back-and-forth of a headband, something that automatically makes then suited only to running.

It’s not just about fit. The actual tips of the earphones take a slight step back to avoid blocking out all noise – crucial if you’re running along roads – though still manage to deliver full, bassy sonics.

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