Get in shape at the office with these fitness gadgets

Courtesy of Nike

Courtesy of Nike

Thien Huynh, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 3:23 PM ET

It’s only a week into 2013, which likely means it only took a week for you to fall off your fitness resolutions. It’s totally understandable considering how difficult it is to find time to head to the gym. And even if you do get to a gym, there’s the unpleasantness of having to squat, lunge, and lift amongst other sweaty people in close quarters…and that’s just in the locker room. Fortunately, there are many gizmos that can help you avoid the gym, but still get a great workout.

For: Running from meeting to meeting

Product: Nike+ SportWatch GPS Powered by TomTom, $169

Where to buy: Available at Best Buy, Future Shop and TomTom.com

If you are a number cruncher and an avid runner, then this is the watch for you. The Nike+ SportWatch GPS tracks all your runs using TomTom technology. It even records your distance and pace, while you’re running in between boardrooms or sneaking in a workout using the emergency staircase. The watch also reminds you to go for a workout with Run Reminders and keeps tabs on your personal records, imported from Nikeplus.com. Unlike some of your co-workers, it even gives you encouraging messages along the way. Just don’t let your micro-manager boss get a hold of the GPS watch or they’ll be able to track your exact whereabouts and calculate how many calories you lost during washroom breaks.

 For: Developing a firm business handshake

Product: The Xtensor Hand Exerciser, about $29.95

Where to buy: www.thextensor.com

Everyone’s trying to tone up the belly after the holidays, but few pay attention to the body part that is used most in the workplace - the hands.

The Xtensor fits over your hand like an exoskeleton glove (very Terminatoresque, and is able to stimulate muscles and tendons in the fingers, wrists and elbows through handy workouts. Flexing with the Xtensor will make your reaction-times much quicker – making you the fastest in the office to point the finger at someone whenever something goes wrong and the first to raise your hand to take credit whenever things go right.

For: Ergonomics

Product: GymyGym Chair, $780-99 (free shipping)

Where to buy: www.gymygym.com

The GymyGym Chair is an expensive office workout gadget, but it is actually fair value, considering all the money that some people waste on monthly gym memberships that go unused. Now there’s no excuse not to get off your butt to workout, because you don’t actually have to get off your butt. Exercise stations at the back, sides and bottom of the GymyGym chair offer 16 workouts for your arms, chest, legs, back, and torso right at your desk. As an added bonus, your boss is going to think you are diligently working up a sweat every time he or she walks past your desk. Ideally though, this chair is designed for a home office. But if you do have the privilege of using it in your workplace, make sure to bring a towel, change of undershirt, and deodorant to work as well (because no one likes the smell of flop sweat in the morning).

For: Getting a "leg-up"

Product: Webble Footrest, about $149.95 (free shipping)

Where to buy: www.webblefootrest.com

Imagine slaving away on some boring report, while unbeknownst to your co-workers, your feet are riding a skateboard-like contraption under your desk. The Webble may look like a space-aged skateboard, but it is actually a footrest with a spring suspension that is designed to improve flexibility, blood circulation and posture.

The breathable mesh on the device is so easy on the feet that you might even feel tempted to peel off your socks and go barefoot. Just remember to put your shoes back on when your boss suddenly calls you in for a meeting.

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