Smart wearable devices enable users to monitor scientific data 24/7. Boost your metabolism anytime, anywhere.
Health and wellness have become many Filipinos’ top priorities these past months as people look to boost their immunity against the pandemic. Despite the growing emphasis on achieving a healthier lifestyle, however, many find it difficult, if not fail altogether, to meet their health, wellness and fitness goals. With the extended lockdowns changing people’s habits and limiting physical activities, more people face problems with their metabolism, which plays a critical role in maintaining good health.
Garmin, the leading brand of smart wearable devices with more than 60 million active users worldwide, uses health technology to accurately track users’ data and scientifically quantify their health status and guide them in achieving their health goals. Garmin’s 2021 Asian User Health Data Report, which tracks Garmin smart wearable users’ data from January to September 2021 using the smartwatches’ Resting Calories and Active Calories features, reveals lower active calories and higher stress levels among people in most Asia countries compared to last year, which could be attributed to the pandemic and restricted outdoor activities. The study shows the Resting Calories of men and women in Asia 55 years old and above dropped significantly. Older users, however, clocked more Weekly Intensity Minutes than younger users, indicating growing health consciousness as people get older.
Garmin’s study indicates people with a higher average Weekly Intensity Minutes consumed more calories — both Active and Resting Calories — emphasizing the importance of exercise in maintaining good metabolism, which in turn improves one’s health. To encourage Filipinos to choose a healthier lifestyle, Garmin launches a new campaign aimed at helping users stay motivated and on track in their fitness goals. The #HealthIsAChoice #ChooseGarmin campaign encourages a scientific approach to pursuing health goals for the long term, with smartwatches as a way to track progress, maintain good metabolism and keep motivated. With this campaign, Garmin hopes to make exercising and leading a healthier lifestyle an easier choice for more Filipinos.
Choosing Health with Garmin
Watch the #HealthIsAChoice #ChooseGarmin campaign video here.A sedentary lifestyle has been a pressing concern among a growing number of Filipinos even before the pandemic. Garmin’s latest report reveals Filipinos average 42.82 Intensity Minutes, the fourth lowest average values in the SEA region with Hong Kong leading at 53 minutes. The extended indoor living further limited people’s activities these past months, and specialists pointed this increases the risks for severe COVID-19 symptoms and other diseases.
Filipinos ranked fourth globally in terms of being sleep-deprived, according to a study by Sleep Cycle in 2019. The report revealed Filipinos sleep an average of 6.5 hours a day versus the recommended 7 or more hours of sleep for adults. In terms of stress level, the country was second only to Indonesia in having the highest stress level in Asia, according to Garmin’s 2021 report. Staying physically active and having adequate sleep are important in boosting metabolism and health. Improving blood oxygen health, avoiding excessive stress, building or maintaining muscle mass and maintaining proper hydration are also vital.
Garmin Asia Senior Director Mr. Scoppen Lin shared, “The public’s awareness of health has improved significantly, and a lot of it has to do with the pandemic. In 2021, Garmin’s health and wellness product lines, which feature comprehensive health functions such as blood oxygen monitoring, had a strong growth of approximately 30 percent in the Asian markets.”
Garmin’s smart wearables help users keep an eye on health factors by monitoring sleep and stress, blood oxygen saturation, heart rate and respiration rate. Garmin encourages more health enthusiasts and fitness rookies to #ChooseGarmin in their self-training and physical activity monitoring and measurement.
To motivate users to continue exercising and boost their metabolism toward achieving better health and fitness, Garmin’s devices have sensors and trackers that show users’ progress. These help users see how their bodies are reacting to physical activities. Seeing positive results can give them a sense of achievement and motivate them further in their health and fitness journey.
Comprehensive Health Monitoring Features
Learn more and activate Pulse Ox feature on your Garmin smartwatch here.
Garmin’s smart wearables monitor important health functions related to the metabolic rate such as resting calories and active calories consumption. These devices also monitor heart rate, oxygen saturation, stress level, advanced sleep monitoring, fitness age, hydration and other important health functions.
These features aid the user in determining exercise quality and developing good habits to improve their metabolism and overall health. The Heart Rate tracker, for example, can be used to measure exercise intensity. The body’s efficiency in burning fat improves when the exercise heart rate is between 65 percent and 79 percent of the maximum heart rate and the intensity of the workout results in slight shortness of breath while still feeling relaxed and comfortable.
The Stress Level widget monitors changes in the heart rate and provides Relax Reminders (when enabled) to calm down when stress levels run high. The Sleep Monitoring Tracker analyzes the user’s heart rate, oxygen saturation level, respiratory rate and activity data through the three sleep cycles (light sleep, deep sleep, and REM). It provides a score based on the quality of sleep. The Hydration widget records the user’s water intake with reminders to hydrate from time to time.
Garmin’s smartwatches also have built-in workouts, including high-intensity interval training (HIIT) in select watches, which users can access and download more from the Garmin Connect app. Fitness Age widget uses chronological age, weekly vigorous activity, resting heart rate and BMI or body fat percentage to estimate if the body is younger or older than the user’s actual age.
The most notable monitoring feature of Garmin’s smart wearables is the Pulse Ox sensors. Pulse Ox is one of the most-trusted technologies in detecting blood oxygen saturation.
Blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) refers to the concentration of oxygen in human blood and is a valuable indicator of one’s health. Insufficient oxygen in the body’s tissues can lead to hypoxia, the chronic state of which leaves the body “low on fuel” resulting in dizziness, lethargy, fatigue and frequent yawning. Long-term low levels of oxygen in the blood can cause obesity and decrease in metabolism.
The Pulse Ox feature in Garmin’s devices measures a user’s oxygen saturation concentration throughout the day and in real-time to identify the body’s ability to absorb oxygen. Tracking SpO2 gives users insights on their physical performance under all kinds of conditions, even while sleeping. Monitoring SpO2 during snoozing hours can help determine if one is experiencing any sleep disorders.
The Pulse Ox feature is available in select Garmin smart wearables in the Philippines, including the Venu 2/2s, Venu Sq, Lily, vívomove series, Forerunner 245 Music, Forerunner 745, Forerunner 945; Instinct Solar, fēnix 6/6S/6X Pro Solar, tactix Delta Solar and Descent Mk2/2S/2i. These come in diverse designs and features to match the user’s lifestyle.
Learn more and activate Pulse Ox feature on Garmin smartwatch here.
To help Garmin’s #HealthIsAChoice campaign reach more people, Dr. Geraldine Zamora recently took over Garmin Philippines’ Instagram Stories to conduct a Health Talk + Q&A session to answer health-related questions from the audiences. The whole IGS session can be found in the ‘Wellness’ IGS highlight.
“Strive to be physically fit. It’s important for us to keep moving. If you cannot find the time such as an hour or two every day, a few minutes per day would do. Try to get enough sleep at night and have a balanced diet. As much as possible, we have to try replacing ‘bad foods’ with good ones. Finally, do what you think is good for your mental health,” Dr. Zamora reminded when asked about her top recommendations for staying fit and healthy.
The #HealthIsAChoice. #ChooseGarmin. campaign will run from mid-November to December to champion a safe and healthy holiday season. It will include many exciting activities and promotions to look out for. For more information, check out the minisite here and follow Garmin’s social media pages Instagram and Facebook.
*Intensity minutes: Your Garmin smartwatch automatically tracks those moderate and vigorous activity minutes throughout the week and present them as intensity minutes.
*Resting calories: Resting calories consist of the minimum calories required to support your body’s basic physiological needs as well as your age, weight, height, gender, heart rate and VO2 Max.
*Active calories: Active calorie numbers are what is burned throughout the day only while doing physical, nonsedentary activities such as walking or working out. Garmin devices calculate active calories based on the activity level, type of activity, age, height, weight, gender and heart rate (if available).
Garmin Forerunner 255 Series Helps you Find More Reasons to Run #Garmin #Forerunner255
New GPS running smartwatches add full triathlon support, performance features and recovery insights to help athletes of all levels notch their best time
Garmin Philippines has launched the new Forerunner 255 series, which builds upon the popular Forerunner 245 series, now providing full triathlon support, new training metrics, enhanced smartwatch features (when paired with a smartphone) and more, while introducing the Forerunner 255S and Forerunner 255S Music in a more compact 41mm sized case.
“Garmin always innovates with the athlete in mind,” says Mr. Scoppen Lin, Assistant General Manager, Garmin Asia. “With the Forerunner 255 series, we have always wanted to ensure that our customers are provided with the best tools that will help them improve their performance and achieve their goals.”
“What makes this series special is that the Forerunner 255 was designed by runners for runners, providing our customers– our athletes with everything they need right on their wrist,” says Sheena Sim, Regional Marketing Manager for Garmin Philippines. “So instead of you figuring out how to analyze the data on your own, you’ll have your smartwatch, providing the insights for you.”
Here’s what’s new:
Full triathlon support: Switch up a workout routine with triathlon and multisport activity profiles. During races and brick workouts, easily toggle between sports with a single button press.
Morning report: Receive the day’s weather and daily workout suggestion, as well as information about last night’s sleep and HRV status.1 The report can even be customized so athletes can view only the details they want to see.
Race widget: View race prep information – including a race day-specific performance prediction, race day weather and a countdown clock – all in one widget. Once a race is scheduled, daily suggested workouts will adapt based on an athlete’s race plans.
HRV status: Track heart rate variability while sleeping to get a better handle on recovery and an overall wellness picture.
Daily workout suggestions: Provides an entire week of day-to-day training guidance on what workout is most effective for overall wellness and will adapt based on race plans that are set up using the new race widget.
Garmin Coach: Train for a 5K, 10K or half-marathon with free training plans that adapt based on a runner’s goals and performance.
Multi-band GPS: Garmin’s reliable GPS accuracy just got better. By enabling multi-band, multi-satellite-system tracking on the watch, athletes can receive more accuracy in their run data, even in the most challenging environments.
Native running power: When using a Running Dynamics Pod (sold separately), receive real-time metrics of how much power is being exerted on a run, built into the watch – no app required.
Offering personalized training and recovery insights, the Forerunner 255 series includes performance monitoring tools to help athletes push the limits. Athletes can also switch up workouts with dozens of built-in sports apps, including triathlon, cycling, pool and open-water swimming, track run, and more. The series also features a Wrist-based Pulse Ox3 and the Body Battery™ which shows current energy levels to help athletes find the best times for activity and rest. It also aids women by featuring menstrual cycle tracking and pregnancy tracking, helping them adjust their training to plan for upcoming races.
Whether working out alone or with friends, built-in safety and tracking features include incident detection, assistance and LiveTrack to let loved ones follow along on a run or ride. Following a workout, the Forerunner 255 series will automatically upload activities to Garmin Connect, a no-cost, subscription-free platform where athletes can view all of their health and fitness data, connect and compete with friends, sign up for challenges and more.
Packed with connected features, the Forerunner 255 series lets users get the most out of their smartwatch with smart social and SMS notifications, as well as built-in music that can store up to 500 songs from Spotify®.
The Forerunner 255 and Forerunner 255S is now available at Garmin Brand Stores, kinetic.com.ph, Lazada, Shopee and the Garmin PH Viber Community, and retails for P21,975 while the Forerunner 255 Music is also available for P25,115. With any purchase of the Forerunner 255 series from any official Garmin store, customers can avail of a 20% discount voucher for ASICS. Terms and conditions apply while stocks last.
For more information on the Forerunner 255 series, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at ph.garmin.com/news/pressroom and on our blog at garmin.com/en-PH/blog. For other promos, follow us at Facebook, Instagram, YouTube.
1 The data and information provided by these devices is intended to be a close estimation of your activity and metrics tracked, but may not be precisely accurate
3 This is not a medical device and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or monitoring of any medical condition; see Garmin.com/ataccuracy. Pulse Ox is not available in all countries.
Garmin Launches First GPS Running Smartwatch Forerunner 955 with Solar Charging
Garmin Philippines has just announced the launch of Forerunner® 955 Solar, its first dedicated running smartwatch with solar charging.
Built for the long-run, the new Forerunner 955 Solar features Power Glass™ solar charging lens, giving athletes up to 20 days of battery life in smartwatch mode1 and up to 49 hours in GPS mode2. Designed with the runner in mind, the smartwatch features an always-on, full-color display that is easy to read in direct sunlight and a responsive touchscreen that complements the traditional 5-button design, allowing for fast access to everyday health features, easier control of maps and more.
“Athletes who strive to be the best seek the best training tools, and we are pleased to introduce the Forerunner 955 Solar to our lineup of premier GPS running smartwatches in the Philippines,” says Mr. Scoppen Lin, Assistant General Manager, Garmin Asia.
“With high-end training features and performance metrics, the Forerunner 955 Solar gives you the tools to chase your goals. No matter where, when or why you run, the Forerunner 955 Solar will help you go the extra mile,” adds Stella Tan, Marketing Manager, Garmin Philippines.
Here’s what’s new
Solar charging: Power Glass solar charging gives athletes up to 49 hours of battery life in GPS mode.2
Touchscreen interface: Quickly swipe through maps, stats and more. The traditional 5-button design can be used separately or in conjunction with the touchscreen.
Multi-band GPS: Stay on track in the most challenging environments with multi-band, multi-satellite-system tracking.
Training readiness: Learn each day how ready the body is to benefit from training by taking into account sleep, recovery time, HRV status and additional metrics.
Heart Rate Viability (HRV) status: Track heart rate variability while sleeping to get a better handle on recovery and an overall wellness picture.
Morning report: When paired with a smartphone, receive the day’s weather and daily workout suggestion, as well as information about last night’s sleep and HRV status.3 The report can even be customized so athletes can view only the details they want to see.
Race widget: View race prep information – including a race day-specific performance prediction, race day weather and a countdown clock – all in one widget. Once a race is scheduled, daily suggested workouts will adapt based on an athlete’s race plans.
Real-time stamina insights: Monitor and track exertion levels in real-time during a run or ride.
Designed to be worn all day, the Forerunner 955 Solar includes advanced health and wellness features. Wrist-based Pulse Ox4 monitors blood oxygen saturation levels providing a clearer picture of sleep and altitude acclimation while Body Battery™ energy monitoring shows current energy levels which can help athletes find the best times for activity and rest. It also aids in analyzing women’s health features, including menstrual cycle tracking and pregnancy tracking, letting women log symptoms and receive insights for execercise and nutrition.
The Forerunner 955 Solar keeps the essentials on the wrist with built-in music (download up to 2,000 songs from playlists on Spotify®), and smart social and SMS notifications for alerts from an athlete’s Apple® or Android™ smartphone.
Safety and tracking features provide peace of mind while training outside by sending an athlete’s live location to chosen emergency contacts – or automatically sending a message if an incident is detected.6 While riding inside, athletes can also control a Tacx® Smart trainer via ANT+® technology right from the watch for course simulation, automatic resistance changes and workout prompts when using courses or workouts.
The Forerunner 955 Solar can be personalized with custom watch faces, data fields, and apps and widgets from the Connect IQ™ Store.
The Forerunner 955 Solar is now available at Garmin Brand Stores, kinetic.com.ph, Lazada, Shopee and the Garmin PH Viber Community, and retails for P40,865 while its non-solar charging version, the Forerunner 955, is also available for P34,995. With any purchase of the Forerunner 955 series from any official Garmin store, customers can avail of a 20% discount voucher for ASICS products until October 15, 2022. Terms and conditions apply while stocks last.
For more information on the Forerunner 955 Series, visit: https://ph.garmin.com/
1 Assumes all-day wear with 3 hours per day outside in 50,000 lux conditions
2 Solar charging, assuming continuous use in 50,000 lux conditions
3 The data and information provided by these devices is intended to be a close estimation of your activity and metrics tracked, but may not be precisely accurate
4 This is not a medical device and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or monitoring of any medical condition; see Garmin.com/ataccuracy. Pulse Ox is not available in all countries.
Stand out in a crowd with Garmin Instinct 2 Series
Garmin, the leading brand of smart wearable devices, today announced Instinct 2 Series, newest addition to the popular Instinct family of purpose-built smartwatches designed with rugged individualists in mind is arriving in the Philippines. Built to withstand any element, the technology-driven Instinct 2 Series helps users seize the day with unlimited battery life in certain models, as well as multiple sizes, bold new colors, and Garmin’s full suite of health and wellness features such as VO2 Max and Sleep Score.
As Garmin further expands its footprints across all fields through the latest additions to its outdoor series globally, the 22 percent increase in its revenue growth in the Philippines in 2021 signaled customer demand and inspired the brand to bring more of its portfolio in the country.
“Instinct 2 Series is built to be bold, stand out from the crowd, and help one make the most of every day,” said Mr. Scoppen Lin, Assistant General Manager, Garmin Asia. “But there is more than meets the eye with the Instinct 2 Series. It combines adventurous colors with Garmin’s industry-leading wrist-based technology to become more than just a smartwatch – Instinct 2 becomes a trusted tool to help Filipinos live life on their terms.”
Designed for Life
In addition to its new vibrant color options, Instinct 2 Series offers a slimmer profile, as well as two sizes – a traditional 45mm bezel and a new Instinct 2S with a smaller 40mm bezel, providing a more comfortable fit for individuals with smaller wrists and women. A new high-resolution, easy-to-read display protected by chemically strengthened, scratch-resistant glass helps customers feel confident knowing they are ready for any challenge. Paying homage to the rugged Instinct and Instinct Solar Series, Instinct 2 remains built to military standard 810 for thermal and shock resistance and is water rated to 100 meters.
Instinct 2 Series is available in the Instinct 2 Solar, standard (non-solar), Surf, Tactical and Camo editions. The Instinct 2 Series is also compatible with the Garmin Connect IQ™ (CIQ) store2, an all-in-one platform for further personalizing Instinct 2 Series with free downloads of apps, widgets, watch faces, data fields, and more. Health and wellness features like Hydration Tracking, and Connect Leaderboard, and Menstrual Cycle and Pregnancy Tracking are also available to Instinct 2 Series owners through CIQ.
Enduring Battery Life
The Instinct 2 Series brings significant battery life gains to the popular smartwatch family; Instinct 2 provides up to four weeks of continuous use while in smartwatch mode, and – thanks to advancements in solar technology – select Instinct 2 Solar models offer unlimited battery life1 in smartwatch mode, setting a new battery life standard for Garmin.
Stay Healthy While Staying Connected
Instinct 2 now delivers Garmin’s full suite of wellness features to help users make their best life even better, including Sleep Score and Advanced Sleep Monitoring, and a new Health Monitoring activity which allows users to record key health metrics, such as Body Battery™, stress, and heart rate in a single view. Fitness enthusiasts will be motivated knowing their Instinct 2 Series now includes VO2 Max, Fitness Age, Training Status/Load/Effect, Recovery Time, HIIT Workouts, and Daily Suggested Workout.
Instinct 2 Series watches come preloaded with sports apps and activities to support your passion, including a new Multisport activity that allows users to transition between activities and continue to view their total time and distance. Family and friends can follow along with the user’s activities through text messaging, and loved ones can even be notified in the event of an emergency, thanks to Instinct 2’s Incident Detection feature. When Instinct 2 is paired to Garmin Connect™ Mobile and an incident is detected, Garmin Connect Mobile can send a message with the user’s name and location (if available) to their emergency contacts2.
The Instinct 2 Series breaks from tradition with numerous eye-catching colors and offers a slimmer profile, as well as two sizes – a traditional 45mm bezel and a new Instinct 2S with a smaller 40mm bezel.
For individuals who want to take their passion to the next level, the Instinct 2 Series provides three purpose-built editions with dedicated features:
- Surf Editions: Dedicated watersports activities such as surf, windsurfing and kiteboarding, as well as a tides widget, keep users up to date on ocean conditions. Users can keep track of their activities and review them later through Surfline Sessions™ compatibility.
- Tactical Editions: Popular with military personnel, the Instinct 2 Solar – Tactical Edition adds dedicated tactical features such as a Kill Switch, Stealth Mode, Night Vision Goggle Compatibility, Dual Format Position Coordinates, and Jumpmaster Activity mode. Available in Coyote Tan or Black.
- Camo Editions: Graphite and Mist Camo patterns let individuals blend in or stand out depending on their location, be it the concrete jungle or actual jungle.
The Instinct 2 series retail price starts from Php 19,735 and are now available for pre-order today until March 2, 2022. First 25 customers can get a free Garmin shirt and cap. Terms and conditions apply, pre-order yours now at https://www.kinetic.com.ph/pages/instinct-2-pre-purchase. To learn more, visit the Instinct 2 series minisite.
Engineered on the inside for life on the outside, Garmin products have revolutionized life for adventurers, athletes, and outdoor enthusiasts everywhere. Committed to developing products that enhance experiences and enrich lives, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday. For more information, visit the Garmin’s virtual pressroom and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and subscribe to us on YouTube.
1 Unlimited battery life available only on 45mm Instinct 2 Solar models in smartwatch mode. All battery life numbers assume 3 hours per day outside in 50,000 lux conditions
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