December 14, 2017

Boosting Fitness Standards and Healthy Lifestyles through Technology

By Iminza Keboge
Published March 17, 2017

Companies like Garmin and MTN are creating a range of wellness devices that enrich the lives of people through wearable location and communications.Commentators say that people around the world are focusing on being active and healthy.

Consequently, companies like Garmin and MTN are creating a range of wellness devices that enrich the lives of people through wearable location and communications.

The range of watches developed by Garmin, a satellite navigation company operating out of South Africa, in collaboration with MTN, a telecommunications concern in Nigeria, track, monitor and record daily health activities to motivate people towards a healthier lifestyle. Some wearables are also smart devices that pair via Bluetooth® with one’s smartphone to receive current weather conditions, forecasts, voice call/text message notifications, emails and more – right on the Garmin fitness device.

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“Our Garmin watches support various mobile devices operating on the Android, iOS or Microsoft platforms giving all Nigerian customers the chance to get fit and healthy while staying connected” says Mike Clarke, Business Development Manager for Garmin in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Through Garmin’s mobile app, Garmin Connect Mobile, members are able to review, analyse and share their activities right from their smart phone device as all the data you rely on is easy to retrieve and view on the app.

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“Building off of our partnership and recent launch with MTN Ghana, we are excited to extend our footprint in Africa and partner with the leading telecommunications provider to bring these innovative solutions into Nigeria where we have seen an increasing interest and adoption of healthy lifestyles by many people” says Jenna Chisnall, Marcomms Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Among the products available include those that track one’s daily activity and sleep patterns and receive smart notifications with Wrist-based Heart Rate plus GPS.

In partnership with MTN, these wearable tech watches will be made available through selected MTN Service Centres in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja.

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“Each new customer will be delighted to know that with every Garmin device purchased they will receive 300MB monthly for 3 months from MTN to get them on their way to a healthier lifestyle,” says Rahul De, MTN CMO.

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