1. Comprehensive Activity TrackingThe Vivosmart HR comes packed with a wide range of data tracking capabilities. Steps, floors, distance, calories, and activity can all be viewed with a simple finger swipe. Each metric is shown alongside a visual icon and can be displayed in any order you choose, or hidden if it doesn't interest you. Let's take a closer look at each.
Step CounterSteps are tracked using Garmin's internal accelerometer. This accelerometer can accurately calculate steps and recognize false-positives. With other trackers, stories of 800 steps being taken in the shower are not uncommon. With the Vivosmart HR, things are much more reliable. The step goal also changes dynamically to reflect recent achievements. The aim here is to gradually improve your step count each day. As averages are used, you don't need to worry about a particularly lazy day messing with your stats, either. Another great feature is the inactivity monitor. Fail to move within an hour, and you'll be prompted to 'MOVE!' as soon as possible. The best part? Meeting your daily step goal is rewarded with a firework display. A tiny digital one, of course.
Floors ClimbedThe Garmin Vivosmart HR also boasts a barometric altimeter that measures your stair climbs. The default is 10 floors, but you can change this to meet your own goals.
Distance TraveledIt's also easy to see your total walking distance for the day. This metric is simple, but great for motivation when you realize all that office wandering can count for something. Tell that to your boss!
Calories BurnedThis is where the built-in optical sensor shines, as heart rate calculations are used to estimate the calories you burn. The Vivosmart HR provides a holistic view of calories, as the figure also includes your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). That's the calories you burn just from existing. Go you!
Active MinutesActive minutes are recorded when the wristband tracks movement, alongside an increased heart rate. Default goals are based on the recommendations for weekly exercise: 30 minutes of moderate activity, five times per week. As such, the default is 150 minutes weekly. This metric is great for the uber-active looking to smash personal goals, yes. But it's also excellent for the less active or able, who wish to step-up their activity to meet health guidelines.
2. Accurate Sleep TrackingActivity is great. But hey, so is sleep. The Garmin Vivosmart HR automatically tracks your sleep stats to see if you're getting enough rest. Sleep is a vital component of exercise recovery, so Garmin's detailed sleep tracking is a considerable advantage over other devices. Here's what the tracker can tell you:
- Sleep time
- Wake time
- Light sleep duration
- Deep sleep duration
3. New Age Optical HR SensorThe Garmin Vivosmart HR can measure your heart rate continuously. Many competitors can either track resting pulse rate or track your workout intensity. Few do both, and this is where the Vivosmart HR takes pole position. A green LED sensor is used on the underside of the band, which serves 3 purposes:
- Monitor heart rate 24/7 (including at rest)
- Monitor heart rate during a workout
- To broadcast your heart rate to other devices