My view on the @GarminSA Vivo Move Activity Tracker.

A Garmin Brand Ambassador get-together is always a highlight as the Garmin crew go out of their way to make it a special occasion. One of the surprises at the last meeting was that each Brand Ambassador got spoiled with a Garmin Vivo Move activity tracker.

20161104_120112For me personally the Vivo Move is currently one of the most stylish time pieces in the Garmin range, largely because of its friendly, analogue watch face. Apart from the Vivo Move’s elegant looks, it plays an essential role in my daily training and activity analyses.

Being the proud owner of a Forerunner 235 you might think why the need for an additional activity tracker. Well, sometimes you have to dress up a little and when that sporty looking watch doesn’t go with the outfit, you might miss out on tracking your daily activity. With the Garmin Vivo Move, your entire wardrobe is covered leaving no excuse to miss out on capturing your daily activity.

What I like about the Garmin Vivo Move:

  • It’s a great-looking watch!
  • It’s simple. It has an accelerometer inside for counting steps and sleep, and two bar dials behind the watch hands that give a rough idea of how far you’ve walked each day and how long since you last moved.
  • It has a one-year battery life so you don’t have to worry about charging the device.

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More on the technical side:

The bar dials on the watch face is for a quick glance at how you’re doing. You’ll have to head into the Garmin Connect app to see exactly how many steps you’ve taken, and roughly how many calories they’ve burned off.

The good news is that the app is pretty comprehensive, building a profile based on your body metrics and tying in with other apps such as Strava and MyFitnessPal. Everything syncs between services automatically, which saves a lot of hassle.

In the Garmin Connect app you can also see your sleep breakdown. Tracking sleep is a great way for people (active and sedentary) to realize how important shut-eye is and how it affects everything from work to appetite to training.

THE BOTTOM LINE:

Garmin’s more serious fitness trackers and exercise watches are mostly a case of function before form, but the opposite is true here. The Vivo Move is a great-looking watch that doesn’t try to squeeze in too many features, instead it just focuses on the basics.

Follow this link to find out more about the Garmin Vivo Move:

http://www.garmin.co.za/fitness_products_vivomove.php