Fitness close to your heart

The Mio Fuse features a heart-rate monitor that tracks the user throughout his or her workout.
The Mio Fuse features a heart-rate monitor that tracks the user throughout his or her workout.
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Pietermaritzburg - The Mio Fuse isn’t a smart watch or fancy wearable that one would flash to friends.

The Fuse is a piece of technology for those into fitness.

In HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts, the Fuse is particularly useful.

During these cardio workouts the aim would be to work as hard as possible for a three-minute interval before taking a 30-second break.

During this the heart-rate shoots up before coming back down to an above-rest rate.

During the workout, picking up the heart-rate is the most crucial objective and a good measure of the amount of effort expended during a workout is key.

What the Fuse is able to do is to measure the heart-rate continuously throughout the workout, so the user will be able to monitor the amount of effort they are putting into the workout, as well as the intervals at which to work harder.

Using a flashing colour LED, the device blinks various colours throughout the workout with the colours representing one of five different zones.

Each zone can be set manually or as the defaults indicate, each colour representing a zone of heart-rate between 80 and 190 beats per minute during a workout.

The device also vibrates and displays the heart-rate throughout the workout as a reminder to the user.

At the end of the workout the Mio Go mobile app will give feedback to the user which includes average heart-rate, duration of the workout, distance, speed, pace and total calorie burn during the activity.

Further feedback includes a line graph detailing the heart-rate during the workout, which maps out at which point the heart-rate was the highest and lowest.

While tracking sleep patterns, the Fuse will measure efficiency of sleep, and details of light and deep sleep, in a clock-pie chart.

During daily activities the Fuse will also track the user’s footsteps through the pedometer.

Like many fitness tracking devices, the Fuse has a quick display to show step count, calorie burn, distance covered and percentage completed of the total steps goal for the day.

The Fuse heart-rate monitor is believed to be more accurate than those in many smartwatches and smartphones which have built-in heart-rate monitors, and definitely more accurate than apps available at online stores which use the device’s camera and flash to detect colour changes in the fingertip to measure heart-rate.

The Fuse is boasted to be electrocardiogram(EKG)-accurate, as the band’s monitor sits on top of the wrist without a need to turn it around to attain a reading from under the wrist.

EKG measurements are commonly used to cardiologists during initial evaluation processes of patients who are suspected of heart conditions.

The Fuse is made of a rubberised material and is comfortable to wear.

It has three buttons, two to toggle between quick views and a three to activate the heart-rate monitor and begin a workout.

It is important to note that all fitness bands and mobile heart-rate monitors should only be used for training purposes, after consultation with a doctor and not used to measure an accurate heart-rate for medical purposes.

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