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  • Elevate™ wrist-based heart rate monitor
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Smart Activity Tracker with Wrist-based Heart Rate plus GPS

- GPS tracks distance and pace while mapping out your run or walk 
- Swim-friendly, sleek band is comfortable to wear all day, and the always-on touchscreen display shows your stats, even in sunlight
- Measures steps, distance, calories, floors climbed, activity intensity and heart rate on your wrist
- Receive full suite of smart notifications, which includes email, call, text, social media alerts and more — all from your wrist
- Auto sync to Garmin Connect™ Mobile to join fitness challenges, review data and receive smart coaching
- Wrist circumference: 5.4" to 7.6" (136.0 to 192.0 mm), regular; 7.1" to 8.8" (180.0 to 224.0 mm), x-large

Measure Activity Intensity with Wrist-based Heart Rate

vívosmart HR+ activity tracker uses Elevate™ wrist heart rate technology² to monitor heart rate at the wrist 24/7. That gives you the freedom to work out however you want, with no additional heart rate strap needed. Using heart rate, vívosmart HR+ provides calories burned information. Whether you’re going for a jog, playing a pick-up game with friends or trying out a new boot camp class, it quantifies the intensity of your fitness activities using intensity minutes. This feature lets you monitor your progress against activity goals recommended by health organizations such as the American Heart Association, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. Additionally, you can use your vívosmart HR+ as a heart rate strap on your wrist when paired with other compatible Garmin devices.

Take Your Activity to the Gym or the Trails

vívosmart HR+ smart activity tracker² is able to track distance, time and pace for indoor or outdoor activities. With GPS, you can get even more accurate distance and pace stats as well as a map of your activity when running or walking outdoors. In addition to tracking your runs, steps and calories, vívosmart HR+ measures floors climbed and intensity minutes.

Get Connected

vívosmart HR+ automatically syncs with your smartphone throughout the day to save your stats to our free online community. Simply download Garmin Connect Mobile to your phone or log on to Garmin Connect™ via your desktop, where you can save, plan and share your activity and beat yesterday in your daily step count. Connect with other users to challenge and compete. For detailed calorie tracking, you can create an account at MyFitnessPal and link it to your Garmin Connect account. This allows you to compare calories consumed to total calories burned, which vívosmart HR+ records throughout the day.

Move IQ

With Move IQ, you don’t need to start or stop your activity timer when you start a new activity. vívosmart HR+ can automatically tell the difference between movements like walking, running, biking, swimming and even using an elliptical. You can review all your daily activities on Garmin Connect.

Smart Capabilities

Stay active and connected with vívosmart HR+ smart activity tracker. Each time you receive a notification from yourcompatible smartphone, your vivosmart HR+ gently vibrates and automatically displays the information. Simply touch and swipe the screen to read more. Other connected features allow you to control music and your VIRB® action camera (sold separately) or find your misplaced phone.

Beat Yesterday, Every Day

vívosmart HR+ learns your current activity level, then assigns an attainable daily step goal. As you meet your milestones, it will adjust your goal for the next day, gradually nudging you toward a healthier lifestyle. Throughout your day, it reminds you to stay active with a move bar and vibration alert if you’ve been inactive for 1 hour. Go for a short walk to reset the move bar.

Why does Heart Rate Matter?
Heart rate training is all about stimulus and response.
In Cardio, the workload (how fast you run, climb the stairs, or how hard you pull the rower handle) is the stimulus and the heart rate is the response. 
Being able to see the exact response to a given stimulus (how high your heart rate goes when you hike up a hill and how fast you come back to normal when you reach the top) allows you to gauge the appropriateness of the stimulus and whether the response is positive or negative. 
Since you don’t know the response, you have to MEASURE it. Not as easy, but today’s technology is making it easier than ever
Heart Rate Training gives intelligent direction to Cardio, allows you to measure IF your workout was good or bad, AND can allow you to make the necessary adjustments for your next workout to be effective.
What you get out of it?
Heart Rate Training during Cardio, is just like periodization in weight training. That is, we should do it to bring about positive adaptations, not just to burn calories.
What kind of changes can we create through Heart Rate Training? 
Weight Loss – Tracking Heart Rate can help with weight loss. We know that Base, Moderate intensity, and High intensity intervals all have their place in increasing the percentage and amount of fat burned through our metabolism. Tracking your heart rate can help you achieve these all-important weight loss adaptations.  
Endurance – Tracking Heart Rate helps with endurance training. In general, to run, cycle, swim, row, faster for longer, we (along with several other prominent exercise scientists ) abide by the 80/20 rule. 
That is, 80% of your week’s heart rate training should be around your aerobic base (zones 1 and 2 by the 5 zone system). 20% of your training should be around anaerobic threshold (zones 3-5 by the 5 zone system). 
Most heart rate monitors today have the capability to compile your week’s (and even your month’s worth) of data to show you how much time you spent in each zone. 
Analyze the look back and plan the next week accordingly. Sometimes you need to slow down to speed up!
Muscle Growth – Tracking your Heart Rate can help with Muscle Growth. A strong cardiovascular system improves type 1 muscle fiber functionality, increases blood flow through new capillaries, and even bolsters mitochondrial density (cellular powerhouses) so that you can lift heavier weight for more reps with less recovery. 
All of that equates to more intense weight lifting that will force the growth of muscle tissue.
Recovery and Program Progression – Tracking your Heart Rate can help you recover better. Muscles won’t grow, endurance won’t improve, and weight won’t be lost if you don’t recover well. 
A lack of recovery between intervals (Heart Rate stays high when it would normally drop) or even exaggerated spiking (Heart Rate is higher than normal during a particular workload) can both be indicative of poor recovery. Maybe your sleep is affecting your recovery.  Maybe you need to take a rest day, or maybe your nutrition is sabotaging your efforts. Tracking your heart rate can clue you in! 
How to get started
You can pick up something simple that links to you phone via Bluetooth and use your favorite fitness app.  Or you can get real fancy and go for something James Bond would wear.  Either way, pick something that is convenient and that you can grow into.  
After you’ve gotten into the habit, now it’s time to start using that information. You can subscribe to our free, educational podcast with our Metabolic Expert— Coach Dan to jumpstart your general knowledge. Or, if you’re a “go the whole 9” kind of person, you can complete a metabolic assessment to get a personalized breakdown of your heart rate zones and how you should train them. 
Remember, we often change on the inside before we see it reflected on the outside.
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