In the past year the wearable tech market has really exploded. From Bluetooth rings to Smart Eyelashes we’ve seen them all, but there’s nowhere it’s been more dominant than in the fitness category. To improve your heath and keep yourself accountable, you just can’t go wrong with a fitness band, and the latest band out of Garmin will track to improve your sleep and monitor your heart during fitness activities too.

Garmin has entered the fitness ring with the Garmin vivofit, available now  at Best Buy. It’s unique in that it starts each day with a personalized daily goal to track your progress and gear you up when it’s time to get moving.

Here’s a look at the detailed specs on the Garmin vivofit:

  • Tracks your activity level and assigns you a personal daily goal
  • Displays your steps, calories, and distance
  • Sleek design that doubles as a watch
  • Monitors your sleep
  • Pairs with a heart rate monitor so you can monitor your heart during fitness activities
  • Has a year long battery span
  • Wireless synching
  • Water resistant
  • You can share your data with your smartphone via the Garmin Connect app so you can look at your overall progress

Exceed your goals

Every day is different, and when you’re goal is to improve your fitness, every day means you get a little stronger, a little faster, and a little smarter about how you move. The Garmin vivofit will push you to achieve your goals and then exceed them by mapping your current activity level and assigning you an attainable goal each day. As you progress, the vivofit will adjust your goals to push you to do more.

Monitors your activity and your inactivity

It can be easy to lose track of time when you spend hours each day hunched over the computer or sitting at a desk, so the Garmin vivofit will keep track for you. After one hour of inactivity the vivofit will let you know you’ve been sitting too long by moving a red bar along your display, and that’s your cue to get up and take a short walk break or move around. After you’ve walked, the bar will reset itself.

Features to expand your movement

The Garmin vivofit will monitor your steps, calories, and distance, but you can also use it with a heart rate monitor to record your heart rate and heart zone data. Once you have this information you can use it to get the most accurate calorie count for all of your fitness activities.

Battery life to spare

Out of all the fitness bands I’ve tried and read about, I’ve never heard of one with a battery life as long as the Garmin vivofit. This always-on band monitors your fitness and sleep 24/7 and has a battery life of more than one year without a single charge. It’s also waterproof so you won’t have to worry about taking it off in the shower or when exercising in inclement weather.

Connect it to your smartphone

Your smartphone is where you keep all of your data. Whether you need to keep track of your phone book or your grocery list, it’s the go-to device for staying organized. Now the Garmin vivofit lets you keep track of your fitness right on your phone when you use the Garmin Connect Mobile app. Once there you can earn badges for your fitness activities or join online challenges.

It has a sleek design, user-friendly features, and it lets you stay connected with your smartphone to monitor and compare your progress – sounds like the Garmin vivofit is a winner in the fitness band department. Check out the Garmin vivofit, available now  at Best Buy.

Shelly Wutke
Editor TV & Home Theatre
I'm a Vancouver freelancer and tech enthusiast. When I'm not writing you'll find me on my farm with my alpacas, chickens, and honeybees. Visit my website Survivemag