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Put a spring in your step and get active with these healthy must-haves!

Russell Hobbs Desire Juice Maker

The juicing health craze is a global trend that sees the hottest health junkies drinking their greens instead of just eating them, while enjoying the added benefits of glowing skin and a happy immune system. With an extra-wide feeding chute that fits whole fruits and veggies, juicing has never been easier or tastier. All of the parts of the juicer are removable and dishwasher safe and the juicer also includes a free cleaning brush which means that you have no excuse not to get juicing!

R830 from loot.co.za

Put a spring in your step and get active with these healthy must-haves!

Gefu Spirelli Spiral Julienne Slicer

R299 from yuppiechef.com

Remember your mother telling you not to play with your food? Well, this Gefu Spirelli sticks it to your mother’s rules and encourages a more playful approach to cooking. Great for those who like to jazz up their veggies, the Spirelli makes spirals out of veggies such as carrots, cucumbers and marrows. Just like using a pencil sharpener, the Spirelli is perfect for making creative dishes like veggie spaghetti or even making yummy garnishes if you like your home cooked meals to be Instagram ready.

Jawbone UP24


R1899 from kalahari.com

They say that “when you know better, you do better” and the makers of the Jawbone UP24 fitness band seem to agree. Tracking your eating, activity and sleep, the UP24 fitness band helps you to make better choices by presenting all of your health information in an easy to understand format while encouraging you to set goals with its “Today I Will” feature. With this nifty fitness band you can also encourage your friends and family by building teams, allowing you to share your progress while giving and receiving encouragement. Comfortable and stylish, the UP24 fitness band is easy to wear all hours of the day.

Withings Smart Body Analyzer

R1890 from store.orange.com

Tired of dodgy gym scales that swing recklessly between kilos within a single week? Well then the Smart Body Analyzer might be just what you need with its ultra-precise weight and body fat tracking capabilities. A bit of an overachiever, this device also measures your heart rate and tracks the quality of the air in your indoor environment. The device also syncs with a handy app (available on Android and iOS), which presents your measurements in a format that allows you to easily track your progress.

Misfit Shine

R1200 from dionwired.co.za

2014 has definitely been the year of the wearable, and what sets the Misfit Shine apart from other activity trackers is that you actually wear it on your clothing instead of your wrist or in your pocket. This means it gives you a more accurate reflection of your body movements during the day, and frankly – it’s just really good-looking, like a metallic macaroon. It also comes with various ways to wear it , like the Pebble watch strap, and a sports necklance. The Misfit Shine is water-resistannt, and comes with a coin cell battery that lasts about four months.

Garmin Forerunner 15

R2299 – R2499 from garminonline.co.za

Not only for fitness junkies, the Forerunner 15 GPS watch is great for anyone who just want to get off the couch and get moving. Tracking your heart rate, calories burned, steps and distance, the Forerunner 15 even offers reminders to get moving when you’ve been sitting for too long. Available in a variety of colours, the Forerunner 15 is waterproof and comes with foot pod capabilities, meaning that you can train indoors or outdoors. Your information from your Forerunner 15 can also be uploaded to Garmin Connect, a free online fitness community where you can save, plan and share your fitness achievements.

Samsung Galaxy S5

R489 per month x24 on Vodacom Smart S

When you buy the newest Samsung Galaxy device, you’re not just buying a smartphone, you are also buying a heart rate monitor, and access to a fatastic fitness app called S Health. Samsung was the first of the big brands to truly integrate fitness into it’s user experience. Flip the phone over, and on the back you’ll see a little button where you can rest your fingertip to get accurate heart rate activity readings. Create a profile on S Health to for daily activity tracking, or better yet, pair the Galaxy 5 with Samsung’s Gear Fit band.

Adidas Clima Tank

R250 from sportmanswearhouse.co.za

While burning up the calories from last night’s dessert, keep cool and dry with the Adidas Clima Core Tank. Both stylish and functional, this tank top works just as hard as you do. In terms of fit, this coral and white tank is stretchy and comfortable; perfect for chilled yoga sessions or high impact cardio classes. Plus, the high quality fabric means that the tank will look brand new, no matter how many sweaty gym sessions it endures.

Adida Adistar Boost

R1800 from sportmanswearhouse.co.za

Perfect for the high mileage runner, these bright running shoes are surprisingly lightweight while offering comfort cushioning and support with revolutionary new foam technology. Adidas have ticked all the boxes with the Adistar Boost running shoes and as soon as you take them for a test run, you’ll be sure to agree. Plus, with smart additions such as the GEOFIT collar for all-important ankle and Achilles support, you’re sure to happily clock up the miles with these colourful running shoes.

Camelbak Kids Skeeter

R429 from capemulti.co.za

Enjoy the fresh, spring air by getting the family out into the great outdoors for a hike, or some mountainbiking. We love these colourful Camelbaks for kids – they are lightweight, made from a durable material and carry 1.5 litres of liquid inside the resorvoir for that all-important hydration stop, including the patented Big Bite Valve (no fiddling with clumsy open-and-close knobs). Camelbaks are built to last, with all kinds of clever technology keeping the inside materials and tubing supple and easy to clean: that’s why they come with a lifetime guarantee.