Garmin vívosmart 3 Brings Firstbeat Fitness and Stress Tracking to Everyone

Garmin International has announced the vi­vosmart 3, the latest addition to their popular vivo series health and fitness trackers. The vivosmart 3 uses the company’s Firstbeat technology to deliver automatic VO2max fitness level detection, Fitness Age, accurate Calorie Counts, and All-day Stress tracking. The device is capable of delivering personalized insights for better health, fitness and performance.
Firstbeat’s automatic VO2max fitness level detection technology has been onboard Garmin’s high-end Forerunner and Fenix devices since 2013 and gives users a tool for viewing their current fitness level and monitoring their progress. The vivosmart 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.

Garmin’s take on wellness monitoring takes a step forward with the debut of All-day Stress monitoring on the vivosmart 3. This uses Firstbeat’s analysis of heart rate variability data. By analysing beat-to-beat changes in heart rate function, Garmin says 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. Garmin says this is a professional-grade health and wellness tool used 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 vivosmart 3.
The vivosmart 3 will be safe for swimmers and Garmin claims it will have a five day battery life.
The vivosmart 3 will have a recommended price of US$139.99 and be available from a wide variety of retail outlets.

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