INTERMEDIATE: FOR A MODERATE WORKOUT, WEIGHT TRAINING, LIGHT SWIMMING, RUNNING GARMIN VÍVOSMART HR+ WORKOUT TRACKER:
Garmin has been one of the pioneers in mobility tracking with an expanding portfolio of sports and health wearable devices. Its latest Vivosmart HR+ fitness band is a notch above the regular fitness bands and well-designed for intermediate level users. Like Fitbit Alta HR, Vivosmart focuses on tracking wrist-based heart rate using its proprietary ELEVATE technology to measure the activity intensity in various settings from walking, running, climbing, weight training, swimming or biking.
However, unlike Fitbit Alta HR, Garmin Vivosmart HR+ incorporates a premium GPS sensor which accurately tracks your walks and runs outdoors, great for those who are training for marathons. It also includes a barometric altimeter, which with GPS helps track, measure and map steps, distance, calories, floors climbed and heart rate.
It is perfectly suited for gym level activity tracking as well, i.e. weight training intensity to calorie burns per workout. Vivosmart HR+ is also smart enough to receive notifications via its always on smartphone connected touch display. While it can control music on your phone, Vivosmart HR+ can capture spectacular video footage with its Garmin’s VIRB action camera (sold separately).
The battery life is close to 5 days without active GPS usage and up to 8 hours with GPS usage which is great for intermediate users. Garmin Vivosmart HR+ is priced around USD180 and comes in three colors – Shark Fin Gray, Imperial Purple and Bolt Blue.