Noel Leem­ing’s tech ex­pert Stephen O’Lough­lin an­swers your ques­tions on liv­ing smarter.

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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. noelleem­


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