• Alesha Dixon Announced As New Ambassador For Garmin

    Alesha Dixon Garmin Ambassador

    As a singer, dancer, rapper, model and television presenter, Alesha is used to the demands of a busy schedule and maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is important for whatever life throws at her. In between rehearsals, performances and training with her long term PT Janet Malinowska three times a week, Alesha has her three-year-old daughter to keep up with alongside taking her five dogs on regular walks.

    With the help of Garmin’s vivo range, Alesha is able to stay on top of her busy schedule, track her activity and maximise her training sessions. Alesha is a keen runner and incorporates a mix of cardio, yoga and strength training into her activity alongside maintaining a successful career as a performer and presenter.

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    Alesha said: “It’s fantastic to be working with a brand like Garmin who are so passionate about fitness and helping people to achieve their goals. Keeping fit is a huge part of my life, and with the vivo range I can keep track of every part of it – strength training and the rep counters are really useful things for me to have, alongside contactless payment and smart notifications when I’m on the go. What’s more is that they look great too, so I can still wear them when I’m performing or in front of the camera.”

    Boasting a range of smart watches and fitness trackers, the new vivosport, vívoactive 3 and vivomove HR has been designed for those who choose a healthy active lifestyle, whether you run, swim or go to the gym. Alesha’s campaign is part of Garmin’s global Beat Yesterday campaign, which is about inspiring people to push yourself faster and further than yesterday, competing with no one but yourself.

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    Richard Daish, Head of Marketing UK and Ireland, said: “Alesha embodies everything that it means to Beat Yesterday through her active lifestyle and challenge driven attitude in everything she does. Her genuine passion for fitness and thirst for life is infectious and she is a great example of how you can achieve anything you set your mind to – making her the perfect ambassador for our wellness product range.”

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  • Introducing The Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music

    Garmin Vivoactive Smart Watch Fitness

    Garmin today announced the vívoactive 3 Music, a GPS smartwatch with integrated music that lets users bring along their favourite tunes to every workout or activity. Featuring Garmin Pay contactless payments and thousands of ways to customise with free watch faces, widgets, data fields and apps through the Garmin Connect IQ store, the vívoactive 3 Music is the perfect accessory for running errands, running a 10k, and everything in between.

    “Music can be a huge motivating component of any workout or activity, and we’re excited to give our customers the ability to ditch their phones and listen to their favourite songs right from their wrist,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “And with Garmin Pay, you can leave your wallet back at home, too, making it easier than ever to just get up and go.”

    Featuring the same fitness, wellness and smart connectivity features first introduced on the vívoactive 3, the vívoactive 3 Music gives users an extra pep in their step with on-device music storage of up to 500 songs. Download offline music playlists from select music streaming services like Deezer (coming soon), iHeartRadio, or transfer music from a computer directly to the watch. Once the music is loaded, pair the vívoactive 3 Music with a set of compatible Bluetooth headphones (sold separately) and go.

    Garmin Pay, a contactless payment solution, means vívoactive 3 Music wearers can leave their cash and credit cards at home and still stop for a coffee, pop in a store, or grab a bite to eat throughout their day. Utilising their Garmin Pay wallet, users have the same rewards and benefits of the physical cards, with the convenience of having them right on the wrist for contactless payment.

    With Elevate wrist-based heart rate and over 15 pre-loaded GPS and indoor sports apps including yoga, running, strength training and more, the vívoactive 3 Music is packed with features to keep up with a varied active lifestyle. The always-on Garmin Chroma Display is easy to read — even in direct sunlight. Like all of Garmin’s wearables, it is safe for swimming and showering and has a battery life of up to 7 days in smartwatch mode and 5 hours in GPS with music mode.

    Customisation has never been easier with thousands of watch faces, widgets, data fields and apps available to download from the Garmin Connect IQ store. Keep tabs on when your ride is arriving with both Lyft ETA and Uber ETA, turn on the lights at home with the SmartThings app, or check the AccuWeather MinuteCast app to find out when the rain is going to start.

    The redesigned Garmin Connect makes it easier than ever to beat yesterday with colourful activity cards that give users an at-a-glance to the most important stats. Simply scroll down to compare today’s totals to past results or tap in for more detailed information. Activities and other stats captured by the device are presented in vivid detail with data customised and filtered so that the user is only seeing what is most relevant to his or her goals. Users can connect with friends and family to motivate one another, join challenges, engage in friendly competitions and score colourful new Garmin Connect badges when goals are crushed.

    The vívoactive 3 Music comes with a black silicone 20mm quick release industry standard band and has a suggested retail price of $299.99 and is available now. Accessory bands in different sizes are available for purchase separately for $29.99. 

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  • Garmin Vivosport Smart Activity Tracker

     Garmin Vivosport Activity Tracker

    The Garmin vívosport is a smart activity tracker with Elevate 24/7 wrist-based heart rate and GPS to accurately track every walk, run, and ride. With an always-on Garmin Chroma colour touchscreen display and new built-in sports apps for everything from strength training to cycling and cardio, the vívosport is optimised for both indoor and outdoor workouts. 

    Smart notifications keep users connected as they jump from one activity to the next, and fitness and wellness monitoring tools provide valuable information like fitness, age, and stress level. Safe for swimming and showering and featuring a battery life of up to 7 days in smartwatch mode and 8 hours in GPS mode, this ultra-slim tracker is built for life on the go. The vívosport is one of the many new wearables from Garmin being launched in conjunction with IFA in Berlin, Germany, September 1-6. 

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    “We realize that many customers prefer to work out with a slim fitness band but don’t want to compromise on the fitness and connectivity features typically found on smartwatches,” said Andrew Silver, Garmin EMEA Product Manager. “With vívosport, you get the best of a smart activity tracker and a sports watch in an ultra-slim, ultra-sleek design.” The vívosport features helpful fitness monitoring tools including VO2 max and fitness age which provide users with valuable data to monitor changes in their fitness level. Increased activity – like walking the dog or training for a 5K – will improve these numbers over time.

    The vívosport also includes all-day stress tracking by measuring users’ HRV (heart rate variability). The ability to view both current stress levels at the wrist and a longer timetable of stress on Garmin Connect allows customers to identify patterns and consider making lifestyle changes to avoid or better cope with stress-inducing situations. A Four-Fold Breath relaxation timer further helps users balance stress and rest.

    With built-in sports apps for walking, running, biking, cardio and strength training, the vívosport is the perfect accessory for running the neighbourhood, conquering a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) class or counting reps and sets in the gym. And thanks to Garmin Move IQTM, the vívosport automatically classifies multiple activities, and with auto-start will automatically start and stop timed runs and walks. Give loved ones peace of mind during outdoor workouts with LiveTrack, a feature that tracks activity and location in real time. Designated individuals will receive invitations via email, Facebook or Twitter with a link to a web page that includes the position of the connected vívosport device. 

    The vívosport is the only fitness band to include this LiveTrack feature. Stay connected on the move with vibration alerts for emails, texts, calls, calendar reminders, app alerts, social media updates and more from a compatible smartphone. Users will also benefit from the ability to control music on their smartphone from the vívosport, send an alert to locate a misplaced smartphone, and control a Garmin VIRB camera (sold separately). Throughout the day, the vívosport automatically syncs with the Garmin Connect mobile app to save stats for easy access later.

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    In Garmin Connect, a free online community, users can see their workouts, strength training activities, stress levels and sleep patterns displayed on detailed graphs. View outdoor workouts on detailed maps, compete in weekly challenges and connect with other fitness enthusiasts, right from a compatible smartphone or desktop computer. The ultimate companion for both indoor and outdoor activities, the vívosport features a sunlight- readable always-on, Garmin Chroma colour touchscreen display and ultra-slim, sporty band available in black/slate (small/medium and large), black/fuchsia (small/medium only) and black/limelight (large only). The vívosport has a suggested retail price of £169.99 and is available from Q4 2017. 

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  • Garmin Vívoactive HR review GPS smartwatch with wrist-based heart rate

    Garmin Vivoactive HR

    Garmin’s new Vivoactive HR now comes with GPS and Garmin Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology. The Vivoactive HR helps keep track of active moments throughout the day, counting steps and floors climbed, intensity minutes, monitoring sleep and features built-in GPS-enabled sports apps for walking, running, biking, swimming, golfing, paddle boarding, rowing, skiing and snowboarding. 

    The Vivoactive HR uses 24/7 wrist-based heart rate data to calculate calories burned as well as the intensity of fitness activities, providing proper credit for users’ array of workouts.

      With up to eight days’ battery life in watch/activity tracking mode (with 24/7 heart rate monitoring, no GPS) or up to 13 hours using GPS, the Vivoactive HR keeps up with users’ active lifestyles and keeps them connected. The Vivoactive HR sends any notification from a compatible smartphone, including incoming calls, texts, emails, calendar reminders, social media alerts and more. Additional on-device smart capabilities allow users to check weather information, control music on their smartphone, control a VIRB action camera, locate their smartphone, and allow friends and family to track activities in real time with LiveTrack.

      The ever-expanding Garmin fitness segment develops technologies to enhance and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Whether users are runners, cyclists, swimmers, multi-sport athletes, or simply looking to stay active throughout the day, there is a product that can help them reach their health and fitness goals.

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