Garmin Vivosmart fitness tracker now in the Kenyan Market


Activity trackers are the hot new gadget to have in this day and age. Like high-tech pedometers, these gadgets can count your steps and then estimate distance and calories burned.

Fitness trackers are meant to monitor your activity, but the general idea is that they spur you on to exercise more, while in the end helping you to get fitter or lose weight.

Some of the fitness trackers have a display which shows this information, and can either be worn on your wrist like a watch or clipped onto your clothes. The data they store is synchronized with your smartphone, tablet or PC .

Activity trackers have not fully been adopted in Kenya and that does mean they are not allowed into the market.  Car & General has now introduced Garmin Vivosmart activity tracker to the Kenyan health and fitness market.

The Garmin Vivosmart displays steps, calories, distance and time and has vibration alerts for calls, texts and emails from a smartphone. Prolonged periods of inactivity decrease the body’s production of fat-burning enzymes. Garmin Vivosmart vibrates after one hour of inactivity as a reminder one needs to move.

“An activity tracker is a device that monitors and tracks fitness-related metrics such as distance walked or run, calorie consumption, heartbeat among others. Vivosmart learns ones current activity level and assigns attainable daily goals,”  Charles Ndegwa, the Garmin Business Manager at Car & General. said

“It has a heart rate monitor to record the heart rate and gives calorie burn information for any fitness activity such as a run or a cardio class at the gym”.

Car & General is the distributor of Garmin for navigation and hand held devices that offer surveying, farming, wild life conservation, hiking, fishing and many more.


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