Garmin vívofit: Gear Review

I have had my Garmin vívofit for about a week, and I’m in love. I went back and forth for months about whether or not to get a pedometer and I finally did it.

Here is part of my though process for wanting to purchase a pedometer:

Reasons for:

It’s the cool new thing.

I needed a watch.

I’m competitive and like to stay active, now I have a daily goal aside from just get to the gym.

Reasons against:

Do I really care how many steps I take?

Have to sync with phone to see progress (therefore kills phone battery).

I bike a lot.


One afternoon, perusing the internet, I went for it.

Ultimately, I decided to get the vívofit because Garmin has various other components that are compatible should I ever decide I want them. My personal reasoning on vívofit vs the leading competitors:

vs. JawBone: I can see the time, date, steps complete, steps until goal, and total mileage all on the face of my vívofit.

vs. FitBit: similar to the JawBone, there is no face on the band themselves to get information.

vs. Nike Fuel Band: vívofit is all one piece so there are no joints to break. My friend Caroline has one that she loves…except that she has sent it back at least 3 times for repairs.

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So, after a week with my new gadget I have a short and sweet list of my likes and dislikes.

Things I love:

I can tell the time, and I don’t really notice it’s there.

Visible step count! Thats the whole point, right?

Super easy to sync to my phone or my computer, can be done simultaneously or every few days.

It tells me when I have been inactive for an hour.

Things I would change:

I wish it was better at tracking biking (but I also realize thats not why I bought it).

In addition to the red line that signifies an hour of inactivity, I wish there was a small vibration.

I should get a black band, so on the rare occasion I dress up its not as obvious.


In my research of the best pedometer I found a New York Times Article (which I can’t for the life of me find now) that really stuck with me and I thought I should share the basic idea: purchasing a pedometer does not make you healthy. It is a way to track your activity, but you have to be motivated enough to get off the couch in the first place. I have found a lot of satisfaction in meeting my step count goal on a daily basis. 10,000 steps is much more difficult than I expected, but its a good feeling at the end of the day and I’ve surpassed it by a few hundred steps!



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