Vivofit2: the right fitness tracker for weight management

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    Activity trackers are a big seller when it comes to those trying to manage their weight. The hope is that tracking your activity will help you bump it up and support weight loss, but that isn’t always the case. Choosing the right tracker can be the difference between moving forward and standing still.  I have been scoping the market for the right tracker to recommend to my clients and believe that I have found it. In comes the Garmin Vivofit 2, a low-cost and easy to use fitness tracker that I have been trying out for 10 months. In these 10 months I have done everything from home construction projects to hiking on hot, hot summer days and this products has stood the test.  Whether these devices are actually useful in weight management will be debated in a future blog post (and that is a really good question to answer so stay tuned)- today I just want to talk about why this it the right one should you decide to try fitness trackers.   Why it’s the right one for weight management   Let me run down the key reasons it is the best product for those looking to improve their activity level.   1.        Low cost   2.        Simple to use   3.        Don’t have to charge it   4.        Activity reminders / sedentary alerts   5.        Self-adjusting step goals      Low cost   Unlike many fitness trackers available this product does not have a touch screen, can’t connect to satellites orbiting the plant, or by an extension of your smartphone. All of this makes it very inexpensive in comparison to other products, at under $100; and to be fair do you really need all of that stuff? Your smartphone can do everything a smart watch can do, just better!    Simple to use   Because it doesn’t have all of the features of other products it is extremely easy to use. If you are familiar with tech using this product will be a no-brainer, if you are less-than-tech-savvy you will still be able to understand how it works pretty quickly.   Don’t have to charge it   This product uses a coin cell battery, just like the one in any typical wrist watch, so that you won’t have to remember to charge every week. Instead you replace the battery once per year, so easy! The side effect of this is that you can be wearing it all the time, and since it is waterproof up to 5 meters you probably won’t every have to take it off – keep tracking!   Activity reminders / sedentary alerts   By far the coolest, and most useful, feature of the tracker is the little beeps that go off when you have been sitting for 45 minutes and then every 15 minutes after that until you get up and move around. What I love about it is that it takes longer to clear the longer you have been sitting, helping you avoid too much sitting! This feature by itself is worth the dollars spent because even when you get tired of watching every step on the counter tool the band still reminds you to not sit for too long at once.   Self-adjusting step goals   Want to improve at your own pace? This feature is great because it keeps you reaching for more steps by increasing the step goal every time you reach your daily goal, or decreasing if you are falling short. Tailored goals, it doesn’t get better than that!   

Activity trackers are a big seller when it comes to those trying to manage their weight. The hope is that tracking your activity will help you bump it up and support weight loss, but that isn’t always the case. Choosing the right tracker can be the difference between moving forward and standing still.

I have been scoping the market for the right tracker to recommend to my clients and believe that I have found it. In comes the Garmin Vivofit 2, a low-cost and easy to use fitness tracker that I have been trying out for 10 months. In these 10 months I have done everything from home construction projects to hiking on hot, hot summer days and this products has stood the test.

Whether these devices are actually useful in weight management will be debated in a future blog post (and that is a really good question to answer so stay tuned)- today I just want to talk about why this it the right one should you decide to try fitness trackers.

Why it’s the right one for weight management

Let me run down the key reasons it is the best product for those looking to improve their activity level.

1.     Low cost

2.     Simple to use

3.     Don’t have to charge it

4.     Activity reminders / sedentary alerts

5.     Self-adjusting step goals

 

Low cost

Unlike many fitness trackers available this product does not have a touch screen, can’t connect to satellites orbiting the plant, or by an extension of your smartphone. All of this makes it very inexpensive in comparison to other products, at under $100; and to be fair do you really need all of that stuff? Your smartphone can do everything a smart watch can do, just better! 

Simple to use

Because it doesn’t have all of the features of other products it is extremely easy to use. If you are familiar with tech using this product will be a no-brainer, if you are less-than-tech-savvy you will still be able to understand how it works pretty quickly.

Don’t have to charge it

This product uses a coin cell battery, just like the one in any typical wrist watch, so that you won’t have to remember to charge every week. Instead you replace the battery once per year, so easy! The side effect of this is that you can be wearing it all the time, and since it is waterproof up to 5 meters you probably won’t every have to take it off – keep tracking!

Activity reminders / sedentary alerts

By far the coolest, and most useful, feature of the tracker is the little beeps that go off when you have been sitting for 45 minutes and then every 15 minutes after that until you get up and move around. What I love about it is that it takes longer to clear the longer you have been sitting, helping you avoid too much sitting! This feature by itself is worth the dollars spent because even when you get tired of watching every step on the counter tool the band still reminds you to not sit for too long at once.

Self-adjusting step goals

Want to improve at your own pace? This feature is great because it keeps you reaching for more steps by increasing the step goal every time you reach your daily goal, or decreasing if you are falling short. Tailored goals, it doesn’t get better than that!