“Health conscious customers are becoming more interested in the meaning behind their activity stats,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “As in, I like seeing the data, but how does it correlate to my overall wellbeing? With its new fitness and wellness monitoring tools that tell you things like fitness age and stress level, the vívosmart 3 is able to provide users with those answers, and that is a game changer for the activity tracker industry.”
Since 2013, Firstbeat’s automatic VO2max fitness level detection technology has been onboard Garmin’s high-end Forerunner & Fenix devices, giving users a valuable tool for viewing their current fitness level and monitoring changes as they occur. The vívosmart 3 brings this feature to Garmin’s lifestyle oriented vivo series for the first time and introduces Fitness Age, a new interpretation of your VO2max that places the feedback in a more relatable context.
Wellness monitoring takes a significant step forward with vívosmart 3 with the debut of All-day Stress monitoring, which relies on Firstbeat’s analysis of heart rate variability data. By analysing beat-to-beat changes in heart rate function Firstbeat is able reveal the interplay between the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the autonomic nervous system as they work to meet the demands of life. As a result, moments of stress and rest throughout the day are revealed and can be used to see the specific impact of experiences and environmental factors. In turn, this information becomes a guide for understanding lifestyle decisions and promoting the type of balance that supports enhanced personal well-being.
This same type of HRV analysis provides the foundation for the Firstbeat Lifestyle Assessment, a professional-grade health and wellness tool frequently utilized in corporate health programs. Over the past decade, Firstbeat has performed over 200,000 Lifestyle Assessments worldwide. Experience and data collected along the way proved vital to ensuring that this type of advanced analysis was robust and ready for the challenges of daily-wear consumer products like the vívosmart 3.
The vívosmart 3 also ensures wearers receive accurate estimates of the number of calories burned throughout the day and during activities with the help of Firstbeat’s heartbeat-based energy expenditure algorithm.