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Thursday, October 22, 2015

My Vivofit review

 As part of signing up for a subscription for the Swedish version Runners World they sent me a complementary Vivofit from Garmin.

I had been thinking about getting a activity tracker for a while but had not pulled the trigger so the offer seemed ok.

I have now worn this for a couple of weeks and collected data. The most obvious usage is to track your steps during the day. It comes with a standard setting for a goal of number of steps for the day. If you reached your goal it will increase the goal for the next day. 

Steps is the main data that is collected, other data is calories burned and distance covered. Both these are estimated by the unit.

I guess that you get a more accurate calculations if you set up your Garmin Connect account  at You register the unit by connecting with a ant+ stick. This worked very smooth for me so I have nothing to offer you if this does not work for you. 😜

In Garmin Connect you can update your weight and set your own goals. You can also activate the heartrate monitoring. After that you can connect the unit to a heartrate strap. 

For me the most useful function is the sleep tracker. When you go to bed you set it to sleep mode and it will track your movements during your sleep and estimate how much time you spend in light or deep sleep.

My second favourite function is the synching via bluetooth with the Garmin Connect app. Just set it to sync mode and a few seconds later the data is available in Garmin Connect.

That said I'm not sure how long I will keep using it. I don't think the benefits are big enough to wear it in addition to to my watches (normal or GPS).

But I think I will have a activity tracker and the bluetooth synching in my next GPS watch.

Thanks for reading,

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