TECH FOR FIT­NESS FREAKS

These fit­ness gad­gets will help you mon­i­tor your work­outs and keep you on track, write Jen­nifer Dud­ley-Ni­chol­son and Rod Ch­ester

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CHARGE 2 FIT­BIT

Re­vamp­ing your best-sell­ing de­vice can be a dan­ger­ous task but Fit­bit has added use­ful fea­tures to its sec­ond Charge fit­ness tracker. For starters, the OLED screen on the Charge 2 is sig­nif­i­cantly big­ger and more use­ful, let­ting users see sev­eral vi­tal sta­tis­tics at a glance and read in­com­ing text mes­sages. It also de­liv­ers enough room for guided breath­ing ses­sions, two or five min­utes in length, to lower your heart rate and stress level. The sec­ond Charge will also rate your VO2 Max as a more ac­cu­rate fit­ness mea­sure­ment, though you have to delve into the app to find it. Sleep, stair­case, and au­to­matic ex­er­cise track­ing also fea­ture.

$248 / HARVEYNORMAN.COM.AU VIVOACTIVE HR GARMIN

This sits some­where in the mid­dle ground be­tween an ad­vanced run­ning watch and a ba­sic ac­tiv­ity tracker. It has GPS to mea­sure your pace and dis­tance on a run, cy­cle, swim or a host of other sports, but you can’t pro­gram in­ter­val runs or get ad­vance run­ning data. It’s wa­ter-re­sis­tant to 50m and has 13 hours of bat­tery life with GPS on.

$399 / GARMIN.COM.AU SE­RIES 2 AP­PLE

The sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Ap­ple Watch has built-in GPS and is wa­ter-re­sis­tant to 50m, mak­ing it a more com­plete ex­er­cise watch. The com­bi­na­tion of the new op­er­at­ing sys­tem and faster chip means you no longer have to wait long for apps to open. You can ex­pect about five hours of bat­tery life when us­ing GPS, and the Watch uses a com­bi­na­tion of stored data and sur­round­ing Wi-Fi net­works to iden­tify its po­si­tion, elim­i­nat­ing GPS de­lay.

FROM $539 / AP­PLE.COM/AU SPAR­TAN UL­TRA SUUNTO

Suunto watches have al­ways been pow­er­ful and ro­bust, but with this range Suunto has im­proved the way you nav­i­gate through menus with both but­tons and a touch­screen, got rid of the satel­lite an­tenna bump that is in the Am­bit range and added a “heat map” in the app to help you dis­cover new routes. It doesn’t have a wrist-based heart-rate sen­sor but it is wa­ter-re­sis­tant to 100m, de­signed to work with more than 80 sports, and has a bat­tery life of up to 26 hours in train­ing mode. Suunto has al­ready added a few fea­tures through soft­ware up­dates with more up­dates to come. It’s mod­ern, pow­er­ful and shows a lot of prom­ise.

$930 / SUUNTO.COM/SPAR­TAN

BIG­GER OLED SCREEN, AU­TO­MATIC EX­ER­CISE TRACK­ING

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