How do I get super-fit without leaving my warm home?
NICK ODANTZIS REPLIES:
We get it – going outside the comfort of your house, especially at this time of year, is about as appealing as a slap to the face. But that’s where home-based fitness tech comes in. And we’re not talking about a ropey old workout bench or anything here.
As long as you like cycling or running (we’re guessing that’s a lot of you) then we have one word for you: Zwift, an online virtual world in which you can train your body without leaving home. With Zwift running on your laptop or tablet, acting as your view to the virtual world, you can race yourself, or others, in real time. It’s also compatible with Strava for like-for-like comparisons.
Cyclists can get that mountain-conquering experience when Zwift is paired with a turbo, such as the Wahoo KICKR Smart Trainer ($1,599.99, au. wahoofitness.com), while runners can power up their marathons with the beta of Zwift and a treadmill like the Technogym MyRun (technogym.com). You’ll also need a footpod such as the Polar Stride Sensor ($119, polar.com) for Zwift to recognise your runs.
GARY W., NEWCASTLE