Noel Leeming’s tech expert Stephen O’Loughlin answers your questions on living smarter.
Q: I would like to use technology to motivate
myself to get fit, but I’m confused. Do I need a fitness
tracker or a smartwatch?
A: Fitness trackers will help motivate you as they are able to track your steps and most can monitor your heart rate, helping you to review your commitment and progress over time. Where the smartwatch differs from a fitness tracker is in its ability to
act as an extension of your smartphone. All smartwatches are capable of tracking steps and support fitness apps such as
Endomondo or Strava. The benefit of a smartwatch is that they have other features, such as being able to read text messages, answer phone calls and control your music. It really depends on how much technology you want to use from your wrist, so if you’re wanting to gain fitness through increasing your step count, either will suit you. noelleeming.co.nz/