The day before I started my Whole30, my hubby surprised me with a Vivosmart fitness watch. My little sister had gotten one for christmas from her husband, and I thought it was awesome. I felt like I could benefit from having one, but knew I’d probably have to wait until my birthday, (May). Jayson is so sweet. He wanted me to have it for my whole30 journey. I’m so thankful to have him. 🙂 Here is what it looks like…
I love how simple it is. There are options to have the underside a different color, but I went with all black. There are also two sizes to choose from, small, or large. I got the small, and it can even go three notches smaller than the setting I have it on.
This is the back. It has the Garmin logo, and then a nice little cover to make sure it doesn’t come undone.
I thought I would share my opinions of the fitness watch. I honestly don’t know much about other fitness watches out there, but I do know that Vivosmart is one of the only ones that you can link up to your phone. I love that feature! It will alert you when you’re getting a phone call, if you receive a text, Facebook notifications…really any notifications you have set up on your phone, the Vivosmart will alert you of those. I love this, (and so does Jayson), because I don’t always keep my phone right next to me. I love that I can know when someone is trying to get a hold of me, and not keep my phone right by me at all times. All it does to alert you is it gives out a little buzz. It doesn’t make any sound. This is what it looks like when you have notifications…
I don’t know how clear the picture will show up, but it gives the number of notifications you have, and you can touch that and read through them all. You can also read emails, and it will alert you of those. You can’t respond to anything, but you know what is waiting for you when you get the chance. Vivosmart also tells you the time, day, and date…
I love that I don’t have to get my phone out every time I need to know what time it is. And I love that I always know the date. And just to clarify. The watch will always be black or “sleeping”. To turn it on, you just double tap the face of the watch. You can program it to come up with whatever you want. I set it, so that when I turn it on, it will show me the time and date. Then you simply swipe to either side to access the other features. There are a few features that you hold down to access. For example, when you go to sleep, you turn it on, hold down and a menu will come up and you hit the moon. And guess what? It tracks your sleep for you. There is an app that you download on your phone to track everything your fitness watch keeps track of. I don’t know if that makes sense. But if you log your sleep it will tell you how long you slept and your sleep rhythms. You can also see it more in depth on your computer. After you wake up you just press down on the face of the watch again and it will start the day. I could go on and on and on about all the cool features. But I’m just sharing my favorites.
So besides being synced to your phone, and tracking your sleep, it also tracks your steps…
It gives you a goal for the day, and then shows how many you’ve gone, and how many you have left. I love when I feel the buzz on my wrist and look down and see a big “GOAL!” on my watch. If you meet your goal, it will automatically add steps onto your goal for the next day. If you don’t meet your goal, it will lessen the amount of steps.
Other things I love about the watch…
It’s waterproof. I wear it in the shower everyday, and I wore it swimming also. So, basically I never take it off. I love that it is waterproof.
It tells you how many calories you’ve burned.
I can control my music on my phone, (I guess that’s part of being synced to your phone).
It tells you how many miles you’ve walked in a day.
If you aren’t active for an hour, it will buzz and tell you to move. If you get up and move for 2 minutes straight, it will reset. The longer you are inactive, the longer you have to move to reset it.
If you can’t find your phone, you can use the “find my phone” feature. Pretty nice.
You can log and keep track of your workouts. My watch came with a heart rate monitor that I wear during my workouts, so it will log what my heart rate was, and the zone I was in, etc. Here is the monitor…
It is really lightweight and comfortable. You wear it just below your sternum, so it is super accurate. I love it.
The other thing I like is that it can sync up with the “My Fitness Pal” app. They work together to track calories, steps, etc. I’m not a huge calorie counter, I don’t believe it’s helpful to weight loss, but it is a good way to keep track of everything you eat. It might be a good way to see how and what you eat everyday.
The other thing I thought I’d mention is that the battery life is over one week. Once it needs to be charged, it will notify you. I usually charge it at night, and it’s ready for when I wake up.
There really are so many more things the Vivosmart can do. It has been a really big motivator for me, and I’m so glad I got it. Thank you, Jayson! I love it so much! If you’re thinking of getting a fitness watch, this is the one to get. It is an investment, but so worth it!! I’m happy to answer any questions anyone has.