Fitness Update- Garmin Activity Tracker


We are in Week 5 of our fitness journey and I have never been happier. We can both see a difference in our bodies and our minds. We are sleeping more, have more energy, are happier, and are fitting into our clothes a little better. We still have a long way to go, but it’s encouraging to see improvement! 

I’ve been tracking my progress each day on the Garmin vivosmart HR Activity Tracker which I purchased just in time to start our personal training sessions. I’ve had a wide variety of fitness trackers in the past and this one is by far the most useful out of the bunch. I’ve had three types of fitbits and this is my second Garmin- out of the two companies I’m a Garmin fan for sure.  

 When thinking about making this purchase I was also researching an Apple Watch and just couldn’t pull the trigger. I wanted the device for fitness tracking and didn’t really care about the notifications that much which would be the main reason to purchase the Apple Watch versus any other tracker. After reading multiple reviews I learned that the Garmin vivosmart HR Activity Tracker was the next best thing to an Apple Watch but the price tag was still a little high for my liking, especially for my fifth of these trackers! I found a refurbished one on Amazon for $50 instead of the usual $150. It’s been working great and I love it!  

 Why do I like it so much?   

The app is easy to use. 

It breaks down all of the data in easy to understand screens. I can scroll from my sleep schedule to my daily steps to my active minutes and take the time to absorb everything.  

It tracks my steps throughout the day.  

Instead of setting a personal goal myself (which the fitbit allows the user to do), the Garmin takes an average from multiple days and sets a goal for you. Every morning I check the goal and make a plan for the day to meet it! Whether I’m walking to my meeting across the harbor instead of driving or taking the pup for an extra long walk, I almost always meet the goal.  

It tracks my sleep. 

I’m usually a good sleeper but over the last few months I’ve noticed that my sleep cycle isn’t as great as it used to be.  Whether I need to invest in a new pillow or limit screen time before bed, I can use the data from the sleep tracker to help make a plan. It also explains why I can be extra grouchy some mornings! 

It connects to my other apps.  

I use MyFitnessPal to track what I eat and instead of having to calculate what I’m taking in versus the energy I’m exerting, I just connect MFP to the Garmin App and everything is calculated for me! I can also control my music through the Garmin vivosmart HR Activity Tracker. If my phone is on the other side of the room I can pause the music by just a tap of the tracker screen. Wondering what the weather is going to be when I only have my phone? The tracker tells you that too! 

It provides notification alerts.  

This was something I didn’t like at first because I get all of my notifications on my phone- emails, texts, Instagram likes…its aggressive. I wanted to get just my texts and calls on the activity tracker but had a hard time figuring out how to set that up. Instead I was getting every single notification and my arm vibrated so much I was getting phantom vibrations for a day or two after. But once I turned off all notifications from apps I was able to read texts via my tracker and keep working out without stopping to see my phone.  

It monitors my heart rate.  

This was the biggest reason in purchasing the Garmin. I struggle with social and travel anxiety and get anxious in situations when I know I shouldn’t. I wanted to track my heart rate to find patterns of anxiousness. Is it certain times of the day? Work days versus weekends? Right before meetings or two hours before said meeting? It’s been interesting to see what my resting heart rate is compared to the hardest point in my workout and I’ve already learned a lot about myself.  

I would recommend the Garmin vivosmart HR Activity Tracker to ANYONE looking to gain insight into their fitness. For the price, it’s been crucial to this journey and I plan to continue using it throughout the summer as work picks up and I’m running around the harbor every day. 20,000 daily steps- here I come!  



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  • Jen

    I love anything Garmin related! I have a Garmin that I use for running and I absolutely love it.

  • Annie

    This sounds awesome! I am kickstarting my fitness journey as soon as I’m healed…hopefully by May 1st!

  • Macy Volpe

    I haven’t looked into this type of tracker so this review was awesome! We are both currently saving to buy an Apple Watch in the fall when the new one comes out (because the old one will be cheaper haha) but the refurbished price for this one really sounds awesome. I need something like will help me with notifications on wedding days, so this still might help!