Band-ing with the best for good health

Aug 24 2014, 01:25 IST
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SummaryA rise in obsession for physical well-being has opened a new market in the country for fitness bands—wearable gadgets that track one’s day-to-day activities. Here’s listing a few of them

Anirudh Vohra

A RISE in fitness obsession among Indians has opened a new market all together, as several companies launch products to ease out and help those who love to sweat. From smart scales to check one's weight to games that help one burn those extra calories—name it, they got it.

On the long list of items is an item known as fitness band, life band or, in simple English, wrist band. These wearable devices keep track of one's movement through the day, the periods of inactivity and even sleep. Not just that, once linked to smartphones, they can even tell the calories one has consumed, the calories one has burnt and also how will this translate, meaning, lost weight or gained.

We feature a few of these products available in the market today...

Garmin Vívofit

Vívofit comes with a decent sized curved display which shows steps, goal countdown, calories, distance, time and date. It also tracks the sleep patterns of the user. Powered by a commonly available replaceable battery which lasts for over a year. A pack of three colour bands worth R1,990 can be orderd to keep up with the fashionista in you.

Price: R9,990 (approx)

Nike Fuelband

A wristband and a cool wearable gadget, it works for one’s fitness at various levels. It has motion sensors that keeps track of one’s movement through the day by translating one’s activity into ‘Nike Fuel’ and lets one compare oneself to others. The fuelband is available in three colours.

Price: R13,168 (approx)

GOQii fitness band

The fitness band with a personalised coach, something none of the other fitness devices have so far. Along with the band, which tracks one's daily activities and calories burned, there are experts who try and make sense of this data and coaches, who help one make “sustainable and incremental changes towards a more healthy and active lifestyle”.

Price: R9,999 (approx)

FitBit Flex

Flex consists of two separate parts —the sensor and the strap. The sensor is small, thanks to the fact that it doesn't include an LED display. The FitBit will periodically connect to one's phone, keeping one’s stats up to date. Flex managed up to nine days of use. Fitbit ecosystem is a great way to start using technology to keep on top of one’s personal health.

Price: R10,485 (approx)

LG Lifeband

The new computerised wristband tracks workouts and calories burned and syncs with the LG fitness app on an iPhone, iPad or Android device. It can also control music on

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