At My Health & Fitness, we firmly believe that regular training and exercise is the most powerful gift you can give your body. With our certified personal trainers we’re always looking to help clients reach their goals, and with that in mind, we’ve researched three fitness wearables available on the market today that can help you keep track of your movements even when you’re out of the gym.
So, without further ado, let’s get stuck in.
The Jack Of All Trades
Fitbit Charge 2
If you’re looking for an all-rounder, look no further than the Fitbit Charge 2, a market-leader that is hugely popular with sports enthusiasts. It’s feature rich, boasts an OLED display, and offers Android and iOS support. The net result is a smorgasbord of apps, a goal counter and activity reports, a calorie tracker and even updates on the quality of your sleep in addition to the usual step count and distance travelled metrics.
Bear in mind that it’s only waterproof resistant up to a depth of 10m, meaning this won’t work for swimmers. It also lacks touch-screen support, something both the Vivoactive and Mi Band 2 offer out of the box.
Still, all things considered, the Fitbit Charge 2 won’t let you down.
Price: R2, 389
When Money Is No Object
Garmin Vivoactive HR
The Garmin Vivoactive HR weighs in at a hefty price tag but comes with a whole host of features to keep you busy. The one benefit it has over the Fitbit right off the bat is the heart rate monitor. Other small additions, like a battery level monitor and a stroke counter for swimming means it’s an all-purpose wearable that’s useful whether you’re on land or in the water. For the former, it provides a useful pace measurement setting that shows you how fast you’re running (something the Fitbit doesn’t provide), but the one downside is that it doesn’t come with an ultra-crisp OLED display. Garmin build quality is legendary, but whether that justifies the nigh-on R4,000 price tag is up for debate.
Price: R3, 989
Xiaomi Mi Band 2
Xiaomi is a Chinese electronics brand that has entered the South African market and undercut the competition at every turn. The Mi Band 2 is a true rival to the Fitbit Charge and Garmin Vivofit, and though it’s understandably lighter on features, it’s got everything you need if you’re only concerned with staying fit. Boasting a heart rate monitor and a step counter along with a nifty touch screen display (OLED, no less), it supports Android (though not iOS) and comes with a whopping battery life.
It doesn’t give you any of the fancy stuff, like setting achievements (something the more expensive Vivofit accommodates) but if you’re not too fussed about getting apps or global satellite positioning and simply want to know how many calories you’re burning, how many steps you’re taking, and how far you’re going, this is a great bet.