The mission

With the festive Quality Street eaten and the new year’s beers drunk, our man is feeling worse for wear. Can he reverse the slump and feel healthier after a month using the latest fitness tech?

The man

With his mid-30s fast approaching, Chris Barnes is up for doing whatever is necessary to fend off the middle-aged spread before it takes hold. As long as it doesn’t mean joining one of those gym things...

The tech

Fitbit Charge 2 £129.99, fitbit.com

TRX Home Gym £141, trxtraining.co.uk

Tangram Smart Jump Rope £69.95, tangramfactory.com

Concept2 Model D Rowing Machine £860, amazon.co.uk

Beast Sensor $249 (£202), thisisbeast.com

Moov Now £59.99, welcome.moov.cc

Bose SoundSport £139.95, bose.co.uk

dhb Run Hoodie £30, wiggle.co.uk

iPhone 7 From £599, apple.com

New Balance Vazee Pace 2 £80, newbalance.co.uk

It’s happened. For the first time in my life, I have a love handle. Or the start of one. Either way, I don’t want it to get bigger. OK, so I went overboard at Christmas, but who doesn’t? Anyway, it’s February

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