Monday, June 13, 2016

Garmin Vivosmart HR - The Benefits of Using An Activity Tracker

I procrastinated for the longest time over getting an activity tracker for myself. I pondered on if it was worth the money. I wondered what kind of benefit an activity tracker could possibly do for me that any numerous phone apps couldn't. And then.....I finally caved and got one. And when I say I caved and got one, I really mean I was selected and given one for testing purposes which made the selection process quite easy. The activity tracker that I received is the Garmin Vivosmart HR. To say that I am pleasantly surprised by how useful a tool this is would be an understatement. I have always considered myself a fairly active person but after getting this activity tracker I soon learned I could be doing WAY more.

To start off, this activity tracker is fairly slim and not too bulky which for me is perfect. I didn't want to have some big bulky thing hanging out on my wrist. It fits snugly on my wrist without being uncomfortable and is very easy to use. It is small enough where I can usually get away with wearing it just about anywhere. The band is made out of a soft durable rubber material which is also surprising comfortable on my wrist. It comes equipped with a heart rate monitor which in my book was another bonus. The heart rate monitor is on the back of the device and sets snugly on your wrist and seems to be pretty accurate. It does take a little bit of getting used to the feeling of the heart rate monitor on the back of your wrist and it will leave an indent on your wrist from where it is positioned.

The Garmin Vivosmart HR is a little powerhouse of information. It monitors your steps, heart rate, floors climbed, intensity minutes, calories burned, totally daily miles and much more. It can even monitor your sleep and sleep patterns. It works pretty seamlessly with the Garmin connect app and MyFitnessPal app. With these two apps configured correctly all of your information is stored and presented in an easy to read and understand format. The MyFitnessPal app is where you will enter in all of your meals. This app then will send that data to the Garmin Connect app and give you very detailed information on your calorie intake, how many calories you have burned and so on. Using all of this information combined I was able to make some serious gains in my overall fitness journey. I was able to easily pinpoint areas that I needed to work on and set goals for myself to improve. 

It didn't take me long to really fall in love with having a fitness tracker and really seeing the benefits to having one. Since I started wearing an activity tracker I am much more aware of my daily activities and am able to see the areas I need to work on more easily. If I had one complaint about this particular activity tracker is that it doesn't just have a "walk" feature button. It comes with "run", "cardio" and "other" but no "walk" button. I usually just use the run feature button on my daily walks and manually revise the activity in the Garmin Connect app. It isn't that big of a deal BUT it is something that makes me scratch my head and say...."why didn't they put a walk feature button on this?" I have had my Garmin Vivosmart HR for about 75 days. In that time I have been able to really test out the functionality and durability of this product and I have been very happy with it. This little activity tracker is even water proof/resistant with a water rating of 5ATM. It does exactly what I need it to and gives me the tools and information necessary to help me reach my health and fitness goals. Thank you Garmin for putting out a fitness tracker that not only functions well but is also reasonably priced. This particular model ranges in price from $129.00 - $149.00.

All in all, this is a great fitness tracker for someone that wants to improve their overall fitness and activity levels. There are several functions and capabilities it has that I haven't mentioned just for the sake of not writing a book on this post. This is a great product and I would have no problem at all recommending this to family and friends. It is worth the investment and is a great tool to utilize in monitoring your fitness journey.

Do you have an activity tracker? Which one is your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section. I would love to hear them. 


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