If we’re friends on Insta you may already have seen that I have a new Garmin in my life!
After lots of back and forth and wayyyy too many hours of research I decided to take the plunge and get the Garmin Vivoactive as both my activity tracker and my running tracker!
I really wanted an all-in-one watch that also had a heart rate monitor built into the band, but most of the reviews I read said the non-Mio HR wrist monitors were inaccurate. Since I just bought my Mio Link HR band anyway, I decided to just keep it and pair it with the Vivoactive (which does not have a HR monitor built in).
There is no doubt that the newest Garmin is BEAUTIFUL!
It’s shiny, it’s white and it’s super thin and lightweight.
It’s also sleek enough that I think it pairs well with my regular jewelry and I feel like I can easily pair it with most of my work and dress up clothes.
I tried the Vivofit 2 on at the store and I didn’t feel like it was nice enough to wear to work everyday, which is why I ended up opting for the Vivoactive. The Vivofit 2 looked really cool with my casual clothes, but since I spend the majority of my life at work having a device I could wear to the office was important to me.
I’ll be honest and say I’m a little sad to retire my Garmin 220 (for sale on ebay here) already since I just got it for my birthday last August, but there are so many feature upgrades in the Vivoactive that it felt like a good decision.
The Vivoactive features I’ve discovered and already love:
- Being able to control my music right from the watch *
- Getting phone notifications right on the watch screen *
- Being able to track treadmill runs without a foot pod
- Being able to track cycling and swimming **
- Activity/step counting so I can compete with Adam who just got the Basis Peak
- Smart alarm that vibrates to gently wake me up
- Sleep tracking
* I love that I don’t have to wrestle my phone out of my Armpocket during a run now to mess with my music or to see who is calling/texting/emailing me.
** I’m not a cyclist at all, but I do like swimming and now I can take my watch in the pool this summer!
I just got the Vivoactive this morning so I haven’t had a chance to take it on a real run yet, but I did a weight lifting session and I did a one mile run on the treadmill just to see how accurate the treadmill tracking was (very accurate).
Here it is paired with my Mio Link heart rate band.
This was actually the very first time I’ve ever tracked my heart rate during a lifting session. I love getting some data from my lifting; I can’t believe I never tracked my heart rate during strength training before!
That first spike you see there around the 4:10 mark is when I was doing my toughest set of pull-ups and where my heart rate gets high around the 12 – 19 minute marks I was getting in some good squats!
I was somewhat surprised that my heart rate actually got so high at points, but it just goes to show that weightlifting can be just as hard (and rewarding) as running when you push yourself!
So far I am really loving my Vivoactive, but we haven’t spent much time together yet. I’ll keep you updated on how things go in case you’re considering getting one! If you have any specific questions about it leave ’em in the comments down below.
I hope you’re having a great weekend!
What do you think about smart watches like the Apple Watch and Vivoactive? Would you ever replace your trusty Forerunner with one?
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