New year, new you
It used to be difficult to calculate the amount of calories you burn with every gym session or workout, but not any more. These specially designed exercise gadgets, which allow you to see the technical breakdown of your workout, will help you train better, harder and smarter to help you meet your new year resolution goals.
1. Fitbit Charge HR
Reach your fitness goals with Fitbit Charge HR’s ($218) new SmartTrack exercise recognition feature, which can now detect the type of activity you’re engaged in.
The fitness band, with its enhanced PurePulse Technology, can even track and monitor heart rate trends during intense workouts and when you’re at rest.
Apart from these features, it can also monitor your sleep patterns.
Available at major electronic retailers.
This fitness band can measure and log up to six different exercises, including cycling and cardio boxing, and even has in-built guided workouts to help users keep in shape.
Prices start from US$79.99. Available at www.moov.cc.
3. Samsung Gear S2
At just 11.4mm thin, the Samsung Gear S2 is a powerhouse smartwatch that is both dust- and water-resistant, with a battery life that lasts up to three days.
Great for health-watchers, the watch comes with a 24-hr activity log that can track water and caffeine intake.
The Gear S2 is compatible with most Android smartphones running on Android 4.4 and 1.5GB RAM and above, and is available in two designs, Samsung Gear S2 ($448) and Samsung Gear S2 Classic ($548).
Available at telecommunication operators, Samsung experience stores, consumer electronics stores and selected retailers.
4. Sony Smart B-Trainer
The Sony Smart B-Trainer ($399) measures your heart rate, calories burnt, and even the angle of elevation as you run. To top it off, the gadget doubles as an MP3 player and has an in-built GPS to track your running distance.
Also, the Smart B-Trainer automatically plays music according to your heart rate. It will play songs with a faster tempo to encourage you to run faster to meet your pre-set target and vice versa.
Available at Sony stores and Sony retailers.
5. Xiaomi Mi Band
If you are new to fitness wearables and can’t quite decide on which specific one you are looking for, then the Mi Band ($19.90) could be it.
The Mi Band, which is worn on your wrist, has an in-built pedometer and measures your sleep cycles. The gadget, which can run for up to 30 days with a single battery charge, also doubles as an alarm clock and can notify you when you have an incoming call on your smartphone.
Available at www.mi.com/sg.
6. Misfit Shine
What sets Shine apart from the rest of the wearables is that you get to choose how you want to wear it. The gadget is actually just a pendant, so you get to choose if you want to wear it as a necklace, a clip-on or as a wrist accessory.
Shine measures steps, calories burnt and distance, and automatically monitors the quality of your sleep and duration. It also has a watch function that the Mi Band lacks.
For those who prefer to wear their fitness wearable as a fashion statement, Shine has a Swarovski edition that has got all the bling.
Available at the Apple Store.
7. Garmin Swim
The Garmin Swim ($239) is, as its name suggests, a wrist-wearable specially designed for swimming. Just strap it on, hit start and plunge into the pool while this wearable measures and records your performance.
Concentrate on perfecting your swimming strokes while Garmin Swim measures and records distance, pace, stroke count and stroke type. The device is water resistant up to a depth of 50m, making it safe for pool or open sea swimming, but not deep sea scuba diving.
Available at authorised retailers, including Best Denki and Lazada.
8. Asus ZenWatch 2
The ZenWatch 2 ($229) is great for expressing your personal style. Not only does the watch come with 50 professionally-designed and changeable watch faces, it also comprises a fitness tracker to set workout goals.
With an impressive range of software features such as the Asus ZenUI app and Business Helper, the watch will help you stay on track even with a busy schedule.
Available at authorised ASUS retailers.
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