Friday, 16 January 2015

Garmin Vivofit Review - Activity Tracker


I have a love/hate relationship with technology. I love the way it makes so many things easier, but I don't like how much I have gotten to relying on it. So when I was sitting next to someone at work who was telling me how much he loved his fitbit (another brand of activity tracker) I wasn't really interested. However the more he talked about it the more I started to think about it. Did I really want another piece of technology in my life and did I need it? I am also aware of the impact on the earth each new purchase we make has.

I started researching with two criteria; it had to have the time and the steps on the actual band. I didn't want to be syncing it all the time. I came across the Garmin Vivofit and the things I liked about it are:
  • It is waterproof to 50m and I have tested this at the beach and in the shower
  • It has the time and date on it, incredibly handy
  • It has a 1 year watch battery, so once you put it on, you don't have to take it off to charge every few days
  • The whole reason for it, it displays how many steps I have done on the band.
I didn't know if it would motivate me to move more, but it really does. I am finding that I have gotten into the habit of going for a walk morning and night to make sure I get between 10,000 - 15,000 steps a day. The recommendation is a minimum of 10,000 steps a day.

Weekends I really have to make an effort to move otherwise I find I may only get 5,000 steps.

The other reason why I keep it on all the time, is it records how much you move in your sleep and how many hours sleep you are getting. I assume the less you move the deeper you are sleeping. This is just a nice little bonus, but not the reason I bought it.

Would I recommend it? It depends on a few things. Are you already really active? Do you already have a watch? Then no I probably wouldn't think it would be a benefit, but if you really feel like you need a push to move more, then definitely give it a try. 

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