We asked the team at Mad4Hair to road test fitness tracking devices and the Headspace meditation app for a week.
The FitBit Flex
To FitBit or to not FitBit? They are all the rage at the moment but at $105 a pop, are they all they are cracked up to be?
Ryan gave the FitBit Flex the thumb’s up. “It kept me accountable. It made me walk more and more aware of my sleep patterns. It was very easy to use and easy to navigate.”
But the downside? “It has a short battery life with a maximum of five days before needing to recharge.”
Ryan gave the device 4.5 out of 5 Healthy Together Wodonga stars.
Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit
Matt tested out a similar device to the FitBit, the Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit, a combined fitness tracker with smartwatch which will set you back about $150.
But as Matt says, you may get a little more bang for your buck.
“It has a whole range of functions from physical activity tracking, heart rate, sleep tracker and pedometer and provides me with an up to date summary of my activity. In addition it syncs with my mobile and emails so I can check my messages from these devices. I only need to wear one device as the Samsung also acts as a watch. The device is easy to use, comfortable and better than the FitBit.”
But like a FitBit it does need to be charged regularly.
Matt highly recommends the device, giving it 4.5 Healthy Together Wodonga stars.
“People who use a lot of technology don’t would still find this device great to use. It helps with motivation.”
Tash opted for having a mental break and tested the Headspace meditation app, available to download on iOS or Android, the first 10 meditations are free. It’s described as a gym membership for your mind and guides you through mediation sessions.
Tash said: “The app is simple and easy to use. It’s very easy to find 10 minutes out of you day to do these meditation sessions. I really enjoyed using the app.”
But it was maybe a little too relaxing. “The voice of the presenter at times relaxed me too much as I started to get sleepy. I also would have liked to be able to previews some of the sessions and be able to move between stages.
Overall Tash gave the app 4 stars and encourages others to use it as a starting point for meditation.