New Garmin vivosmart 3 adds stress tracking and fitness age

Garmin's newest wearable offers a few promising new features, such as all-day stress tracking, fitness age based on VO2 max score, and a Strength Training activity.

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Feeling stressed a lot? Wondering what your "real age" is? Garmin’s vivosmart 3 might be the wearable for you.

The company’s newest activity tracker, introduced today and listing for $140, has a few features designed to set it apart from competitors such as Fitbit’s $150 Charge 2.

  • All-day stress tracking reads your heart rate when you’re at rest and figures out how stressed (or not) you are. Your current stress level (and score) is displayed in a wedge graph on the device, while you can see a timeline of stress levels in the free Garmin Connect app.
  • Your fitness age is calculated based on your VO2 max score. Vivosmart 3 is the first Garmin vivo product to estimate VO2 max, a measure of aerobic fitness level previously offered only in Garmin’s running watches. (Charge 2 offers a VO2 max score as well but not a "fitness age," though it indicates how well you compare to others in your age/gender group.)
  • A new Strength Training activity counts reps, sets and rest times during your workout. (Fitbit’s trackers don’t track this.)
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Other vivosmart features

In addition, vivosmart 3 offers some features you’ll find on some Fitbits, Garmins, and other trackers, such as the following:

  • A new breathing exercise designed to help you lower your stress through guided breathing.
  • Automatic tracking of exercises such as walking, running, biking, swimming, and elliptical training, and automated sleep tracking.
  • Intensity Minutes, measuring your activity intensity against goals recommended by health organizations.
  • Smartphone notifications, such as email, texts, calls, calendar reminders, social media updates, and app alerts.
  • Remote control of music on your smartphone, or a Garmin VIRB camera.

Based on an early look, vivosmart 3 appears to be a promising addition to Garmin’s ever-expanding wearables lineup. I’ll post a review of vivosmart 3 soon.

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