Five of the best resolution enforcers
While the Wii Fit balance board may have had all the attention, this device literally runs rings around it. Hooked up to the nunchuk end of your controllers, you'll now have to jog on the spot to get your on-screen character to move. Compatible with more than 80 titles, an hour's gaming can generate 7,500 steps and burn some 225kcal – and of course there's the fun of adding an extra dimension to your gaming. Available for Dh199 at all Jacky's Electronics outlets in the UAE.
Withings Connected Scales
This super-stylish set of scales is so smart that its function actually manages to outweigh the form. Step aboard and it'll measure weight and body mass index, then upload the data via the built-in WiFi connection to a website that'll track the data over time in graph form. There is also an iPhone app so you can access those graphs just about anywhere. Available online for Dh700 from madeindesign.co.uk
This slightly more unconventional approach to quitting may well be worth a try, as it eases you off cigarettes in stages without nicotine patches or gum. Stage one – smoke as normal over a seven-day period, recording each cigarette with the touch of a button. Stage two – the keyring sounds each time you're allowed a smoke, with ever increasing gaps, over a period of two weeks to 34 days. It's not for everyone, but heavier smokers will certainly benefit. Available online ffor Dh250 from anhealth.co.uk
Power Plant Growing Machine
Many have tried those on-sill herb gardens and most generally fail after crop one, but this one uses Nasa technology to put the green in all of our fingers. Just add water to a special nutrient mix then pour it over a spongy strip inside. Then, sow your seeds on the sponge and stick it on the window sill, and, with a little maintenance, watch the fruits of your limited labour appear. Available online for Dh210 from firebox.com
Digital Coin Counting Money Jar
Empty your coinage from your pocket into this high-tech savings jar each day and watch as the lid keeps a running total of your deposits. Stick to higher value coins and set a target to reach before dipping inside. If the temptation is too much you can adjust the counter manually. Currently only available for British pound and Euro counters. Priced Dh80 at flashwear.com
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