What Is Wearable Tech?

Well it can be anything from a shirt that detects whether you’ve got a temperature to glasses that that help combat seasonal affective disorder. It can be any piece of clothing or accessory incorporating computer and advanced electronic technologies. 

Garmin has wearable tech in the form of running and multisport watches, golf GPS watches, and activity trackers. The vívofit and vίvosmart activity trackers are the newest edition to the wearable tech range and are designed to be worn all the time. The aim behind them is to  get people moving to improve their general health and wellbeing.

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Research shows prolonged periods of inactivity such as sitting at a desk decreases your body’s production of fat-burning enzymes. You can reverse that effect by taking frequent, short walk breaks throughout your day. That’s where the Garmin vívofit and vίvosmart activity trackers can help. You might lose track of time but they won’t. They display a ‘move bar’ after 1 hour of inactivity which builds when you’ve been sitting too long. Just walk a couple of minutes to reset.

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The vívofit and vίvosmart activity trackers

The Garmin vívofit and vivosmart activity tracker with smart notifications count your steps and calories as well as monitoring your sleep. They learn your current activity level then assign an attainable daily goal. As you meet your milestones, your goal is adjusted for the next day, gradually nudging you towards a more active lifestyle. They follow your progress 24/7, and can stay on for more than a year without a battery change, and are water resistant, so you rarely have to take them off. 

If you worry about missing an email or text while you’re out doing something else, the Garmin vίvosmart also has smart notifications. It alerts you each time you receive a text, email or call on you Bluetooth Smartphone or device by gently vibrating and displaying the information. Simply touch and swipe to read more, or to see your activity statistics such as steps or calories. Garmin vίvosmart also gives you control over your music, with the ability to start/stop your music, go to the next/back track and adjust the volume.

The vίvosmart has smart alerts

Both the Garmin vívofit and Garmin vívosmart sync with Garmin Connect, Garmin’s free on-line fitness community at http://connect.garmin.com/. There you can track your progress, earn virtual badges, join online challenges and connect, compete and compare with friends and family around the world. For detailed calorie tracking, you can create an account at MyFitnessPal and link it to your Garmin Connect account.

Play harder, Work smarter, Live better with vívoactive, the vivoactive GPS smartwatch that enhances your active lifestyle. This ultra-thin, lightweight GPS smartwatch with a high-resolution color touchscreen comes with built-in running, biking, golfing, swimming and activity tracking apps that let you view your stats, even when away from your phone. vívoactive features vibration alerts for incoming phone calls, text messages and other notifications, wireless sync with Garmin Connect Mobile and up to 3 weeks battery life. Customize with free watch face designs, apps and widgets from our Connect IQ store.

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For those who already take regular exercise or want to go to the next level, there are additional features to keep people motivated. You can use vívofit and vívosmart with a heart rate monitor to record your heart rate and zone data and get more accurate calorie burn information for any fitness activity, such as a run or a cardio class at the gym. You can also pair vívosmart with other Garmin products such as bike speed sensors or the VIRB HD action camera (sold separately). 

The great thing about wearable technology is that you don’t have to be ‘sporty’ to benefit. Garmin’s activity trackers are suitable for anyone from complete beginners to professional athletes. They work around your goals and suggest new ones, encouraging anything from a healthier lifestyle to a personal best, or even a world record.

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