Has your activity tracker given up? Are you looking for a new one? The Garmin VivoFit Wireless Fitness Band may be the perfect solution for a replacement activity tracker. Each activity tracker has advantages and disadvantages. The first step to understanding if a tracker is going to be right for you is knowing what type of activities you participate in, are you just running and walking or are you swimming, cycling and playing sports?
Features and Design
The Garmin Vivofit offers a wide range of features to its users. The band is close fitting, without being too snug or loose. This limits the amount of snagging that can occur. The activities monitored are varied and include cycling and swimming, for individuals who do more than run or walk as part of their monitored activities. It pairs with a heart rate monitor, so you can keep track of your heart rate, in addition to your sleep cycle and calories burned.
The clasp is sometimes an issue with activity monitors; however, not so with the Garmin. The clasp is secure so you do not have to worry about losing it while participating in your active lifestyle. The device is water resistant, not water proof, so it is good for swimming but not diving activities.
The design is for wear 24/7 and has a changeable rather than rechargeable battery. This does add to its size, so if you are looking for a device that is very sleek, with little to no bulk, it is important to be aware that this device has some bulk to it, though minimal. The batteries are easy to find at most local stores or online.
One of the advantages is the device works to help you increase your fitness goals by reviewing your data and giving you new goals to stretch yourself. For beginners, this is a great way to get started. The fact that the battery does not need to be recharged means you can wear it all the time, no need to worry about forgetting.
The monitor comes with an accurate sleep tracker. Unlike some models, which can disengage during sleep, the Garmin seems to stay engaged and active for the entire night. Tracking sleep patterns is easy. You set it before you go to sleep and disengage when you wake up.
If you are inactive for a certain length of time, a bar will start to appear on the screen/display of the device, after a certain period that line grows until it fills the screen. You will need to take a short walk in order to reset the bar. This is just one way this activity tracker helps to motivate individuals to keep moving, keep their metabolism working, and lead a healthier lifestyle.
The application is easy to use; the device synchronizes well to the software. It does so via a smart phone with Bluetooth 4.0 or through the USB connection and your PC. The interface will help you keep track as well as record all your information. It uses this information to increase your daily activity goals via the device.
While there are numerous advantages, there are also disadvantages to this device. The following are some of the disadvantages found with this model.
• No backlight. If it is dark outside, such as an early morning before dawn run, or late at night, you cannot see the display
• The battery is not rechargeable. It uses easy to find watch batteries, which should last a year; however, with continued use, you may need to replace the batteries every few months or so. This is a disadvantage to individuals looking for a rechargeable product
• It is not waterproof. Water resistance will not save it from an accidental dip to the bottom of the pool
• It responds to vibrations. Significant vibration can fool the device into thinking you are walking. If you are planning on riding a motorcycle or are traveling down a bumpy road, consider recording your steps before you leave or turning the device off until you reach your destination to avoid false data
• As with all of these devices, there is a level of inaccuracy. It is important that when you set the device up, you walk as normally as possible. This will help to ensure that the device records more accurately
• There is no way to judge stairs. Many people use the stairs at their office as a way to increase the amount of movement and exercise they get in a day. This device does not count these steps
• Limited activities. If you are highly active and you want to count these activities outside of walking, running, cycling, and swimming, this may not be the device for you.
The Garmin Vivofit is a great monitor. It has a number of advantages, such as having compatibility with heart monitors and PCs. It still has the advantage of being able to connect wirelessly to your smartphone and the software is easy to use. The device will even increase fitness goals to help keep you moving and provide you with inactivity alerts.
Overall, the device has more advantages than disadvantages for your standard activities such as walking, running, jogging, cycling, and swimming. The band fits well and stays on, something that can be a problem with other models. The big question is whether it is worth the money. The Garmin has numerous features and is at the higher end of the mid-range pricing wise for this type of fitness tool. If you have the money and want a device that should last for a year between battery changes, has decent customer service, and seems relatively accurate, then this is the device for you. However, there are models that offer the same features for less money.