Vivoactive lives up to its name, and more


Research shows prolonged periods of inactivity, such as sitting at a desk, decreases the body’s production of fat-burning enzymes. Walking for a few minutes will reset the move bar and can help reduce health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle.

Vivoactive, a lightweight and ultra-thin smart watch with built-in sports and activity tracking apps, is helping users develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle, capturing more of their activities with GPS-enabled running, cycling, golfing, swimming and activity tracking.

Vivoactive is comfortable for all-day wear and smart notifications keep users connected with pressing work matters, family and friends. With the new Connect IQ store, users can easily customize Vivoactive with free watch face designs, widgets and additional apps.

Vivoactive features a sunlight-readable, high-resolution colour touch-screen and can be accessorized with interchangeable bands to complement any outfit or occasion. Available in slate, red, blue, berry, purple, and black or white leather, Vivoactive can be styled to complement any outfit and occasion.

Tracking Stats

Whether hitting the pavement or the links, users can track statistics even when out of range from a smart phone with Vivoactive’s built-in GPS-enabled sports apps. It also connects to a whole range of sensors and devices. Even more data can be captured by pairing Vivoactive with a heart rate monitor or bike speed sensor — it can also be used as a remote for a Garmin VIRB Elite action camera!

Vivoactive’s built-in accelerometer tracks speed and distance when GPS is unavailable, such as when running indoors. Additional features include vibration alerts for heart rate, pace and run/walk intervals. The cycling app measures time, distance, speed and calories for training rides or a daily commute.

Golfers can download course maps from more than 38,000 courses worldwide, which stay up-to-date automatically. Using GPS Vivoactive can measure layup and dogleg distances, as well as distances to the front, middle and back of the green, to improve usability over the entire hole. During a round, golfers can also keep individual stroke play score cards and measure shot distance on favourite and new courses.

All-Day Companion

Water-resistant to 50 metres, Vivoactive uses sensor-based technology for its swimming app to compute the number of lengths, total and interval distances, paces by length, by interval, and for the full session, as well as calories burned. The app also counts the number of strokes and uses this to determine the ‘Swolf score’, a measure of swimming efficiency.

Throughout the day Vivoactive automatically syncs with paired mobile devices through the Garmin Connect app, so users can see a complete picture of daily activities. In Garmin Connect, a free online fitness/golf community, users can track workouts, sleep patterns and trends, join online challenges and earn virtual badges for extra motivation.

For detailed calorie tracking, users can link their Garmin Connect account with MyFitnessPal to compare calories burned to consumed and see their net count for the remainder of the day based on goals set in MyFitnessPal.

With Connect IQ, the first-ever open platform for third-party developers to create apps for Garmin products, users can customize Vivoactive’s watch face, add data fields and get additional apps and widgets that provide information at a glance. Garmin is working with several app developers that are creating Vivoactive apps for the Connect IQ store.

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