• Garmin Vivosmart HR+

    Garmin have released their new activity tracker the Vivosmart HR+, which now has wrist based heart rate, activity tracking and GPS.

    Garmin Vivosmart HR+

    The vívosmart HR+ adds new features to the company’s popular vívosmart activity tracker product line, including GPS, additional running data and Garmin Move IQ auto activity detection. With Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology the vívosmart HR+ provides 24/7 heart rate monitoring.  It also tracks steps, distance, calories, floors climbed and activity intensity. It features an always-on, sunlight-readable display and water rating of 5 ATM, so it’s swim and shower safe.

    “With a compelling combination of GPS, wrist-based heart rate, long battery life and water resistance, the Vívosmart HR+ was designed to keep up with users’ active lifestyles,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “Wherever your day takes you the vívosmart HR+ is made to help motivate and track all your active moments.”

    The addition of GPS to the Vívosmart line allows users to even more accurately track distance, time and pace for their activities, as well as view a map of their activity on Garmin Connect. Additional running features include personal records, virtual pacer, Auto Pause, Auto Lap and walk/run mode. Using Elevate wrist heart rate technology, Vívosmart HR+ monitors heart rate at the wrist and quantifies the intensity of users’ fitness activities using intensity minutes. This feature helps users monitor their progress against activity goals recommended by leading health organisations.

    The Vívosmart HR+ also includes Garmin Move IQ, a feature that continuously monitors for periods of sustained activity. It automatically recognises walking, running, biking, swimming and elliptical training so users can easily track their exercise throughout the day without needing to start a timed activity. Once synced with Garmin Connect, users can review their full day of activity in a convenient timeline view.

    Users can easily stay connected with family, friends and work during activities with smart notifications, including incoming calls, texts, emails, social, calendar reminders, and any other notification from a compatible smartphone. Other connected features allow users to control music on their smartphone and find their phone when they’ve misplaced it.

    Throughout the day, the Vívosmart HR+ automatically syncs with the Garmin Connect Mobile app to save users stats. In Garmin Connect, users can track workouts, sleep patterns and trends, join online challenges to compete against friends and earn virtual badges. They can also receive Garmin Connect Insights, smart wellness insights personalised to each user that provide cues to help them reach goals, shout-outs when milestones have been met and relevant healthy tips from experts. Insights also show users how they are doing in comparison to people like them for extra motivation.

    The Vívosmart HR+ has up to five days battery life in watch/activity tracking mode (with 24/7 heart rate monitoring, no GPS) or up to eight hours using GPS.

     

    Posted by Victoria Gardner
  • 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.

     Alesha Dixon Celebrity Ambassador Yoga Outdoor Workout

    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.

    Model Dancer Performer DJ Celebrity Sundried Alesha Dixon

    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.”

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • 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. 

    “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.

    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. 

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Garmin Announces New Activity Tracker The Vívosmart 4

    Garmin Vivosmart 4 Activity Tracker Sleep Monitor

    Garmin have announced the vívosmart 4, a slim, smart activity tracker that introduces a wrist-based pulse ox sensor. This allows users to gauge their blood oxygen saturation levels at night to better understand their sleep quality. The vívosmart 4 also introduces a Body Battery energy monitor that estimates the body’s energy reserves, letting users know the optimal time for activity and rest. Body Battery at 90? Go crush that cycling class! Clocking in at 20? Better take it easy.

    “Sleep quality plays a critical role in your overall physical health,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Poor sleep quality may contribute to the development of significant chronic conditions. With its slim design, the vívosmart 4 is comfortable to wear at night and pulse ox provides customers with information they can use to improve their health.”

    In addition to pulse ox, the vívosmart 4 features Garmin’s new advanced sleep monitoring which estimates light, deep and REM stages of sleep, along with movement throughout the night. Upon awakening, users can review their sleep stats in the Garmin Connect Mobile app. 

    Garmin’s most fashionable activity wristband tracker to date, the ultra-slim vívosmart 4 blends smarts with style, and is available in multiple colors with metal trim accents in silver, gold and rose gold. The vívosmart 4 is safe for the pool and shower and boasts up to 7 days of battery life between charges.

    The innovative Body Battery energy monitoring feature lets users see their body’s energy levels at any given moment, which can help with scheduling workouts, rest times and sleep. Using a combination of data gathered from stress, heart rate variability (HRV), sleep and activity, a higher Body Battery indicates the time is optimal to be active whereas a lower number suggests rest is in order. Body Battery assists users in making sense of patterns, demonstrating how behaviors and activities of the past few days influence how one feels at a given moment.

    The vívosmart 4 comes fully-loaded with a newly redesigned Elevate wrist-based heart rate sensor, new abnormal heart rate alerts, VO2 max, and activities for walks, runs, strength training, pool swims, yoga and more. The vívosmart 4 includes all-day stress tracking and a new relax reminder feature that suggests users take a moment to do a breathing routine when it detects elevated stress levels. It’s easy to stay connected with the ability to check the weather, control music, receive smart notifications with vibration alerts, “find your phone,” access social media notifications, and even reply to texts with preset messages (Android only).

    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 vívosmart 4 has a suggested retail price of £119.99 and comes in several stylish color and bezel/buckle options including: berry with rose gold bezel, powder grey with silver bezel, azure blue with silver bezel, and black with slate bezel. To see more of what the vívosmart 4 has to offer, check out this feature benefit video or visit Garmin.com/vivo.  

    Posted by Alexandra Parren