The year 2020 is officially upon us, which means it’s time to start making good on all those New Year’s resolutions. For many of us, our resolutions include specific fitness goals or a greater focus on our overall health. One brand that can help reach those goals is Garmin, whose extensive catalogue of fitness trackers, watches, and wearables are a boon to anyone looking to conquer their newly pledged athletic aspirations. Here’s a list of some of our favorites.
The first item on our list is arguably the best multisport smartwatch on the market. Garmin’s Fenix 6 was released in the second half of 2019 to immediate acclaim, thanks in part to its sophisticated design, exhaustive tracking features, and long-lasting battery life. How exhaustive? You could write an entire series of articles on the all Fenix 6’s various sport features and functionalities. It tracks almost any metric you can think of, from steps to stairs to calories. Not to mention it clocks advanced metrics like heart rate and pulse oximetry.
It’s preloaded with activity profiles to help you with any sport, including trail running, swimming, hiking, rowing, skiing, and more. It’s got hydration tracking and the all-new PacePro feature, which will help keep you on pace with course-adjusted guidance. And that’s just the tip of what this thing can do. Garmin released several variants of the Fenix 6, including the base model, a Pro version, and even a solar-powered unit. The higher you go up the price ladder, the more features you get. For example, all “Pro-class” models come with built-in music storage, topographical sport maps, and Wi-Fi connectivity. Now, granted, the Fenix 6 is a whole lot of watch. It’s got a ton of features, and it’s definitely a decent chunk of change, which means it might not be for everyone. But if your resolutions include serious physical activity that require comprehensive metric tracking, or if you just want to start 2020 with a gorgeous multisport smartwatch on your wrist, the Fenix 6 is one of the best options around.
Despite having made some of the most stunning and celebrated sports watches of all time, Garmin had yet to produce one with an OLED display. That changed in September, when Garmin unveiled its first-ever OLED smartwatch, the Venu. In terms of fitness and activity tracking, the Venu closely resembles the Fenix 6 in several key areas. It tracks basic metrics such as steps, distance, and calories, and advanced metrics like heart rate and pulse oximetry. It also measures pace, monitors your sleep, and has an exhaustive multisport mode. In fact, in terms of activity tracking, the biggest difference is that the Venu doesn’t have all the same outdoor tracking modes as the Fenix 6. That might not be a big deal if your resolutions don’t include serious outdoor activities that would benefit from more robust route-tracking features. But the bigger difference between the Venu and every other Garmin watch is its touchscreen display. The Venu’s crisp, customizable, always-on AMOLED display is an elegant step forward for Garmin, one that elevates the overall aesthetic of its multisport watches—not to mention, it makes readouts, notifications, and animations easier to see. If you’re resolute on keeping both your resolutions and sophisticated sense of style, the Garmin Venu is a great option.
For current and aspiring runners, the Garmin Forerunner 945 is an excellent choice. Like many of its predecessors, the latest Forerunner offers some of the most comprehensive sport-tracking features on the planet. For running alone, the Forerunner 945 tracks distance, pace, cadence, ground contact time, vertical oscillation, and more—basically everything you need to make you a better runner. It has all the GPS features you’d expect from a Garmin device, including built-in color topo maps that include elevation data, street info, and POIs. The Forerunner 945 also supports onboard music playback, meaning you can leave your phone or portable music player at home. For those reasons and more, the 945 ranks as one of the best running watches on the market. And for those who want/need a little assistance and/or some serious stat-tracking to help keep tabs on their running-based resolutions, the Forerunner 945 is the watch to get.
Since the debut of its first vivo device, Garmin has continuously released trackers lauded for their looks, performance, and long-lasting battery life. The Vivosmart 4 continues that tradition by incorporating the very best features of previous models into its slim, barely there design. In addition to the standard activity tracking functions (steps, distance, calories, etc.) the Vivosmart 4 boasts a stellar battery life of up to 7 days. Additional widgets for weather and an alarm app help make the Vivosmart 4 more capable than your standard activity tracker. And, its companion app does a great job of tracking health metrics and gamifying fitness goals—for those who find a reward system appealing or need some extra motivation to help conquer their resolutions.
Index Smart Scale
In addition to its multisport watches and trackers, Garmin also makes the Index, a Wi-Fi-enabled smart scale. More than just body weight, the Index also measures Body Mass Index (BMI), fat percentages, bone mass, muscle mass, and more—key data points that will help you achieve your desired body weight resolution. The Index integrates seamlessly with Garmin Connect, enabling you to chart your progress and get statistical readouts and trend analysis of how you’re doing. If your resolution is more about general weight management, or if you’re looking to achieve a certain body percentage (body fat, muscle mass, etc.) be sure to check out the Garmin Index.
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