Mat to Marathon: Smart Wearables for Every Activity 

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We’re as bored about hearing about the Coronavirus as you are, trust! So, we vow never to bring it up again. Except for now, obvs! Only because the much-awaited 2022 Comrades Ultra Marathon is back after an almost two-year hiatus. 

Yup, on Sunday 28 August, running enthusiasts will take on the Kwazulu Natal streets to test both their mental and physical boundaries. Fortunately, we’ve got the perfect devices to track those km’s. For everyone else? We’ve got a little something up our sleeve or rather, on our wrist for you, too!

Our latest wearables not only cater for different forms of exercise, but you’ll find there’s a device to suit every budget! Let’s dive right in (since many of them are water resistant) and find one that’s made for you. On your marks, get set, GO!

NOVICE EXERCISERS

The Mi Smart Band 6, recommended retail price: R899

Don’t let the sleek design of the Mi Smart Band 6  fool you! This clever device includes 30 workout modes to record your heart rate and burned calories, including popular exercises like HIIT, Pilates, and Zumba. With up to 14 days of battery life, you can shake your booty without any disruptions. Sp02 tracking then detects your blood oxygen saturation level to prevent you from popping and locking too hard. Ready to sweat it out? 

Mi Smart Band 6 Black

Redmi Watch 2 Lite, recommended retail price: R1,199

Achieve your fitness goals with a device that includes 100 extended workout modes. The Redmi Watch 2 Lite comes with better visual and touch control than that of the previous model allowing you to obtain important data on the go. You can then track (and show off) your routes and workout sessions with ease thanks to four global positioning systems including GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and BDS. Catch you outside!

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Mi Watch Lite, recommended retail price: R1,199

Whether you’re indoors or outdoors, the impressive Mi Watch Lite keeps track of your movements in real-time. Oh, and when you’re underwater thanks to built-in standalone GPS, a water resistance level of up to 50 metres, and swimming stroke recognition. Enjoy three colour options for the watch case, five for the strap, and over 120 themed watch faces. That’s not forgetting smartphone notifications with emojis included. 😍

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ADVANCED COMPETITORS 

Mi Watch, R2,299

With a 16-day, ultra-long battery life – you can take on the Comrades or any other sporting event stress-free! The Mi Watch also clearly displays incoming calls, notifications, fitness, and more! Thanks to a bunch of fancy words like optimisation and algorithms, this device improves movements and mileage accuracy for more precise data. Plus, all-new blood oxygen testing capabilities allow you to check your health status because, safety first! 

Xiaomi Watch S1 Active, R2,899

Where do we start with the Xiaomi Watch S1 Active? How about with its built-in Alexa, 117 fitness modes, all-day health monitoring, and a high-quality dynamic watch face? That should about do it. There are also its Bluetooth capabilities that allow you to answer phone calls with just one tap on your watch. Last (but not least) this nifty device includes NFC technology that supports contactless payment with MasterCard. Hustle for that muscle!

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Like we said, we’ve got a wearable for every wrist, wallet, and willingness to exercise. With that said, we wish the Comrades 2022 runners the very best of luck ahead of the big day! We’ll be cheering from the side-lines or behind our TV screens, probably. Head to our online store to purchase your new smart device whether for the marathon or next workout sesh. 

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