By the end of October, I was amazed at the impact just those 3 changes had made. I'd lost all the weight and was starting to develop muscles again. Then I plateaued. Without a specific target, I was lacking in motivation. Step in the Garmin vivoactive® because in December, completely out of the blue, the PR people behind Garmin Ireland contacted me about road-testing one of their activity watches - perfect timing.
But I'll cover off the activity first - as that's probably the main reason anyone would buy one of these watches. It measures my steps every day and allows me to see my progress over a number of days (the orange days are GOOD!)
First unexpected benefit is that it hooks up with your watch and alerts you when you get texts/calls/social media activity.
Oh and when you drive off, leaving your phone on the charger at home, you get a 'phone disconnected' buzz before you've gone too far...BONUS - no more forgotten phone!
Second unexpected benefit is the sleep monitoring functionality. Who'd have thought I'd become so obsessed about my sleep patterns? It's fascinating stuff! Over the past month, I've realised that I average about 4.5 hours of deep sleep and 3.5 hours of light sleep (I love my sleep!)
So this watch is ticking boxes for me on the basis of sleep alone - it's the first stat I check each day when I sync the watch to my phone. I should point out that I have no idea how it measures the sleep other than on a movement basis? I'm sure there's a whole section in the manual about this but who reads the manuals? Not me.
Any cons to owning a watch like this? The main one I think is many women will find it's a bit big for the female wrist. I do like it as I'm used to wearing man-sized watches but I think more women will prefer the newer Garmin vivosmart® HR which is smaller:
The other disadvantage is that I have become so addicted to this watch, I've not really worn any other since early January! My Michael Kors and my DKNY, which were on heavy rotation prior to the Garmin coming along are looking very lonely. But it doesn't mean I'll never wear them ever - I do pop them on now and again and I'm sure I'll rotate all three of them in time - using the Garmin perhaps only when I'm training (and sleeping!). Time will tell.
So tell me - have you jumped on the activity watch trend? Are you as obsessed with sleep as I am?Please let there be more of you out there as sleep obsessed as I am :)
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