Yesterday’s announcement by Discovery Vitality that it is adjusting the rate at which members earn reward points for exercising has certainly raised a few eyebrows across internetland. The firm says it’s changing its policy in order to help people get fitter, and also because its current system was open to abuse by users who were recording non-exercise movements on their fitness trackers. As part of the latter problem, the firm has reduced the number of apps it will accept as verifiable providers of data to ones it is confident can’t be rigged.

We’ve heard rumours – all unverified – of people tying fitness bands to dogs or just activating them by driving very slowly to make it look like they are exercising at a brisk pace. Discovery’s new app suite, therefore, is focused on measuring your heart rate while exercising and rewarding you for hitting exertion targets.

A few people have commented that the image of the heart rate table we uploaded yesterday was a bit hard to read. The original is available on Discovery’s site over here, but for your benefit we’ve included it below too. Careful. It’s quite big.


[Image – CC 2.0/Jerry Meaden]
Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar,, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.