The Gift That Will Make Your Fitness/Tech Friend Or Anyone Happy!

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Pete and Ashley have never been so fit and I’m so proud of them. 

Seeing what dedication to exercise and really just moving more can do for you as shown by these two has really encouraged me to make it a priority in my life too. I often come up with excuses as to why I don’t work out more. I don’t have time. I’m too busy… and other reasons I create in my mind are what is keeping me from being a better and healthier me. That’s about to change.

I was so excited to receive a Garmin vívoactive from our friends at Garmin who are sponsoring this post. 

Originally I was going to wear it wear it and try it out… but before I would even claim it, Pete was wearing it and refusing to take it off. Whenever I’m working on a tech post like this one, Pete and I always work on them together. I’ve found that he sees things I don’t and that we are able to make a much better assessment of new products together. So it was no surprise that he had already opened it up and was learning all about it.


So that’s how it went for a few days. We rotated back and forth who got to wear it. 

I love that no matter what your fitness level, Garmin has a product that can help you take charge of your daily health and activity. Garmin’s vivo family of products is perfect to get going. The Garmin vívoactive is a GPS smartwatch for the active lifestyle. 

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Here are Pete’s thoughts on why he loves the Garmin vívoactive.

Stylish – I’ve been asked at least five times what I had on my wrist and then I was told how cool it looks.  Also, you can download different watch faces to keep things fresh!

Notifications – It will give you a short vibration to notify you of incoming texts, emails, and phone calls. It is perfect for when you don’t want to pull your phone out of your pocket….you can determine if it is an important message or not with a glance at the watch. The app lets you control what things will notify you in this manner too.


Fitness – the GPS features of this watch are very impressive.  You can accurately track a run/walk/swim without even bringing your phone with you.  When you return to your phone, the watch will sync the data with your phone and app for you to evaluate.
App – Garmin Connect Mobile is very user friendly and I have not run into any bugs while using it with my Android smart phone.  The app charts your daily steps, your workouts that you designate, and various health markers.  It easily connects to MyFitnessPal which is a very popular app I use to track my diet.
Waterproof – No need to take it off for swimming or showering which helps it not forgetting to put it back on.  This is a rare feature for smart watches
Battery – Seems to last forever.  I’ve only had to charge it about once a week.  
I agree with Pete on all of these. One of the features that I loved the most was the reminder to get up and move around. I spend hours at the computer and the time flies by without me noticing. I love that it vibrates to remind me to get up and stretch and take a quick walk when I’ve been sitting for too long. 
When we were on our last plane trip a week ago, we even had a conversation with another passenger about how much he loves his Garmin vívoactive too! In fact he said that he bought another one at Walmart while we was visiting Pennsylvania for a family member!

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staying fit

What advice do you give to others to stay active?

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  • I keep active by running after my toddler. Would love to be more active to be able to keep up.

  • What a great product, I just might get this for my Husband for christmas! He would love something new to play around with, and brag about haha

  • Get plenty of sleep at night, that way your butt is not dragging the next day, and you have energy to stay active.

  • this looks great — I love the integration between devices, would really be helpful in integrating my running schedule with my log.

  • I just make a goal get outside at least once a day. Even a 20 minute walk is better than nothing at all! Everyone has enough time for that.

  • I have the Garmin VivoFit and I love it!! It really makes me pay attention to my movements throughout the day and makes me get up and move more!!

  • This looks like a great product. I bet a lot of people would love to receive this as a gift this year. I know who I would pick one up for, thanks for sharing!

  • I stay active chasing around 4 little ones and I work outside as a residential appraiser. But in my spare time. I advise to stay active by making it fun.. I get a good work out playing softball ; )

  • Make some minor tweaks to your day to day lifestyle, if you find your sat still all day, have meetings standing up (much better for you) or walk and talk if it’s a 1 on 1 thing, use your breaks to get away from your desk and do a brisk walk. Simple things like always take the stairs rather than a lift or standing still on an elevator, climbing flights of stairs is really good for you.

  • I have a friend back home who is really into fitness and really into her health above and beyond anyone else I know. This would be perfect for her.

  • You have no idea how timely this post is. I’ve wanted a fit bit since my daughter took the one I was gifted… however, the Garmin vívoactive has more features and functionality for my needs. I’ll be looking for one for sure!

  • I make sure to get at least an hour of cross fitness in a day be it right in the morning or late at night I make sure to get it in my day.

  • Eat from smaller plates. Exercise 30 minutes a day. Kerp the white color food on your plate to a minimum, “more green keeps you lean”! Water, water, water! One donught won’t make you fat and obe salad won’t make you skinny! All words to live by! ?

  • My husband has been trying to get me more active and he just asks what kinds of things I’m interested in. He wants one of these watches to track his workouts now that he’s being more active!

  • This does indeed sound like an amazing gift for any one really. I would love to have one of these Garmin vívoactive smartwatches and it is on my wish list for Christmas. It is so important to stay active so my advice to anyone is to walk the distance instead of taking shortcuts. Taking the stairs is a good one instead of an elevator. We have been at the hospital a lot the past three months and I don’t think I have walked or climbed so much in my life. Thanks for sharing. I love this product.

  • I stay active by doing workouts on youtube in my living room. I go on walks or hikes to switch it up every now and then.

  • I want one of these! I run outside instead of going to the gym, and I hate that I often don’t know exactly how far or fast I ran. This would be great to keep track of my stats.

  • The bus stop is a tenth of a mile there and a tenth back! I get almost a half mile of walking done a day. I resist the urge to hop in my car…

  • I think that Garmin Vivoactive would be perfect for my daughter. She loves going on runs and I’m sure the stats on the app would help her!

  • It’s really an awesome watch to have. It would be nice to give as a gift, I hope it comes in different colors! I would keep one for myself as well.

  • I stay active by using my fitness tracker on bike rides. A few hours out there and you easily reach your daily calorie burn

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