As a Medical Doctor who loves to stay healthy, I have been exercising fairly regularly, or so I thought! To objectively document my moves I did try out four different wearable devices that were supposed to help give me the data I needed, [mainly my heart rate and the number of steps I walked]. Imagine my surprise when all of them turned our to be almost useless!
Heart rate tracking has to be 24 X 7 for it to be of any real use to a medical professional or even anybody who is seriously interested in monitoring their health. And most of the devices that claim to track your heart beat do so only when asked to or when you press a button! That probably explains their cheap prices too. Anything cheaper than 3000 Indian rupees or around 40 US $ most likely will be a waste of your money if you are looking for serious round the clock fitness tracking at the time of writing this.
So I did some serious research on the best wearable device for me and honed in on the one you see in this picture below!
This is a device that fits the bill perfectly for me.
Here are the plus points after over a week of constant use:
It is super comfortable to wear, so that you hardly notice it is there on your wrist.
It is water proof and shower proof
The charge easily lasts a week.
The heart rate monitoring works 24X7 and is very accurate
The app is also easy to use and gives quite detailed analysis of your day and week.
It even tells me how many stairs I have climbed and descended.
It tells me the amount and quality of my sleep.
It reminds me to move with a vibratory alert if it detects that I have been sitting at one place for too long.
You can set your personal goals and see how you have performed daily and weekly etc.
You can even link to other apps that monitor your dietary intake.
Here are some of my reports as it looks on my phone app:
I am glad to see that my results are quite good for my age! Bit at the same time I used to think that I exercise enough and take enough steps but this device was like a reality check! I realised that on the days I miss my club I was really not exercising or walking enough!
This shows that for most of the days in the past week I barely reached my own goals for steps taken! Point taken!
Thank you Garmin for this device, the Vivo HR and I would highly recommend it for anyone out there who would like to keep track of their health and activities. By the way they have a HR + which has GPS too, but as I did not need GPS tracking for my exercise I selected the HR.
Wishing you the best of health!