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Meet the four new Fitbit’s: The Versa Lite, Inspire and Inspire HR, and Ace 2

Fitbit has announced four new products, including a smartwatch, two bands and a new fitness tracker for children.

Link your Huawei wearables with Discovery Vitality and earn points

Today, Huawei South Africa announced their partnership with Discovery Vitality. This means you’ll now be able to earn Vitality points from Huawei fitness trackers and smartwatches. Time to get off the couch, hey? Discovery Vitality gives users special benefits and rewards in exchange for getting fit… or, depending how you look at it, in exchange for their personal fitness data. Fitness track...[Read More]

VO₂max: the gold standard for measuring fitness explained

If you could pick one measure to evaluate your health, what would you pick? Blood pressure? Cholesterol? These are commonly measured by your GP, but there is something that is more informative: maximal aerobic capacity, otherwise known as VO₂max. This measure tells you your maximum (max) rate (V) of oxygen (O₂) uptake and use during exercise. The greater this is, the better your health. In fact, V...[Read More]

Fitbit Charge 3 review: No need to charge this Charge a lot

Fitness trackers are still worth your time — even though smartwatches are on everyone’s wrists right now. Apple just launched the brilliant Watch 4 that has made insane progress in the wearables sector. But you know what’s still buggy about smartwatches? Battery life. This is where fitness trackers enter the space with confidence. With a smaller range of apps and functionality, they can last...[Read More]

Plantronics BackBeat 500 Fit – Fit’n’this whole playlist into your day

There aren’t many choices for music-loving fitness fanatics when it comes to headphones — and we’re not talking about the in-ear wired mess you can get at every corner shop for R50. No, real on-ear Bluetooth-enabled cans that sit comfortably and blast out tunes at a decent level — that’s what we’re into. In comes the Plantronics BackBeat 500 Fit — discreet supra-aural (on-the-ear...[Read More]

A brief history (and a look into the future) of fitness technology

Have you recently taken ownership of a shiny new activity tracking device? For many people, the essential fitness kit now includes gadgets designed not for sitting and staring at a screen, but for encouraging users to get up and move. And they even come with political recommendations. For the UK Government, apps like MapMyRun and Strava and wearable technologies made by Fitbit and Jawbone are the ...[Read More]

Fitbit Ionic – A powerful fitness tracker surrounded by smartwatch scaffolding

How smart do you like your fitness trackers? If the answer is ‘not very’ then Fitbit has had you covered for a while with its merry band of clever, if not particularly connected, trackers. But now it’s gone the other way and made a proper frontman in the form of its first smartwatch, the Ionic. It’s a bold if somewhat belated move – rivals like the Apple Watch Series 3 and the forthcoming Samsung ...[Read More]

Star Wars fans can now indulge their obsessive behaviour while getting ripped

Can you tell what a geek looks like any more? Of course you can’t, it’s all acceptable now to be a teeny bit obsessed — which means that Star Wars fans have been hitting the gym. Actually, they’ve always been there but it’s acceptable now to admit to being a fan of the Force. Which means that you could get away with installing these Star Wars-themed workout items from...[Read More]

How wearable devices are reinventing our cities as open-air gyms

When Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, arguably the “father of gymnastics” and the inventor of the horizontal and parallel bars, opened his first gym (or Turnplatz) in 1811, he decided to locate it outdoors in Berlin. At the time – and for thousands of years beforehand – physical exercise was primarily an open-air activity. Only in the 20th century did the gym begin to be relegated indoors, due to the increa...[Read More]

Samsung renews its fitness front with the Gear IconX and Gear Fit 2

Big fan of Samsung’s particular style of wearable fitness devices? Well, you’ve got a pair of new options on the horizon as the company just announced the Gear Fit 2 and Gear IconX. Neither is a huge surprise: they broke cover ahead of schedule in late April thanks to leaked photos and details, but now we’ve got the official word and timeline on when to expect both. And it’...[Read More]

Fitbit Blaze – A few good reasons to Blaze it

Here we are in May and still the Stuff team’s kinda working on its fitness. Still. To be fair, the sudden cold snap has made us all want to hibernate somewhere warm, but we’re also still pounding the pavement and parking further away from the mall entrance than necessary in order to rack up the steps. It helps to have gadgetry, like the Fitbit Blaze, to keep us motivated. You might rem...[Read More]

False start! Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 and IconX wireless earbuds leak

Samsung’s next two bits of wearable tech just well and truly jumped the gun. Photos of the Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker and IconX wireless earbuds have turned up online, before Samsung had made either one official. The pics were leaked to Evan Blass over at VentureBeat, proving once again that @EVleaks is still the man to beat when it comes to digging up info the manufacturers aren’t rea...[Read More]

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