Activity/Fitness Trackers with Discovery Vitality

AntennaMan

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Me and my wife are both interested in boosting our Discovery Vitality points and gets started on the Vitality Rewards stuff.

To this end, we want to get Activity Trackers to connect to Discovery so that our workouts can help boost our Vitality status (We are currently on Diamond and we're planning on staying there).

We don't want to have to drop mega-bucks on the devices.

So first question:
Which device do you use and does it work well?

Next:
Is heart-rate measurement a must-have?

Any other suggestions/recommendations?
 

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http://sport.takealot.com/sport-garmin-vivosmart-black-bundle-large/PLID40992997

This seems the cheapest option for tracking heart rate. Only need to put on the heart rate strap when doing relevant exercise to get rewards. Otherwise, steps will be tracked. Otherwise, you could get 25% off at sportsmans warehouse on an activity tracker with built in HR tracker to the band:

http://www.sportsmanswarehouse.co.za/product/garmin-vivosmart-hr/4030

So effectively R2600
This indicated that the Garmin might not be that good.

The Polar Loop doesn't look too bad. The only feature missing seems to be heart rate monitoring and you can get that by buying an additional chest strap.
 

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http://sport.takealot.com/sport-garmin-vivosmart-black-bundle-large/PLID40992997

This seems the cheapest option for tracking heart rate. Only need to put on the heart rate strap when doing relevant exercise to get rewards. Otherwise, steps will be tracked. Otherwise, you could get 25% off at sportsmans warehouse on an activity tracker with built in HR tracker to the band:

http://www.sportsmanswarehouse.co.za/product/garmin-vivosmart-hr/4030

So effectively R2600
I got the following recently...

http://www.sportsmanswarehouse.co.za/product/fitbit-charge-hr-activity-tracker

It's gone up in price by R400 since I got it a month ago. Works very well and means I don't have to waste time in the gym. Got 15% discount from them, I think you need to make sure you do your fitness assessment first before the benefit goes back to 25% for that year....:crying:
 

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I got the following recently...

http://www.sportsmanswarehouse.co.za/product/fitbit-charge-hr-activity-tracker

It's gone up in price by R400 since I got it a month ago. Works very well and means I don't have to waste time in the gym. Got 15% discount from them, I think you need to make sure you do your fitness assessment first before the benefit goes back to 25% for that year....:crying:
I was under the impression that you wouldn't be able to use fitbit devices for HR information - well for vitality rewards purposes anyway?
 

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I was under the impression that you wouldn't be able to use fitbit devices for HR information - well for vitality rewards purposes anyway?
Correct (unless am doing something wrong) , I just use the HR function for personal information. I get plenty of rewards/points for the steps though...
 

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Correct (unless am doing something wrong) , I just use the HR function for personal information. I get plenty of rewards/points for the steps though...
Hmm. I've heard that it's well worth it and easier to get rewards with a HR enabled device
 

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Hmm. I've heard that it's well worth it and easier to get rewards with a HR enabled device
I suppose it depends on the type of activity - I play a lot of squash so I get more than enough points from steps...
 

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I suppose it depends on the type of activity - I play a lot of squash so I get more than enough points from steps...
We don't really run around that much. But we do activities that pushes the heart rate up, so we should then probably look at something that includes a HR sensor.
 

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Rewards are only a smoothie or a coffee?

A sugar laden smoothie to undo all that work you just did lol
 

AntennaMan

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So I got myself the Muvit HRM from Makro at R399 (actually R399 - 20%, thanks ebucks!). It is a bluetooth HRM that connects to various apps on my phone. I can then track my HR during workouts and upload to Vitality.

I'll give it a couple of days to see how well it works.
 

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I got the Apple Watch through the deal they have. It has a heart rate monitor and you only pay when you dont meet a goal. Considering a light 20 min jog is 300 points, this should rarely happen if you are committed.
 

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I got the Apple Watch through the deal they have. It has a heart rate monitor and you only pay when you dont meet a goal. Considering a light 20 min jog is 300 points, this should rarely happen if you are committed.
I'm not willing to sell my soul to the devil...
 

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