Garmin tied up with Mio to roll in optical heart rate senor in Garmin Forerunner 225. Other fitness trackers and Garmin Forerunner series also feature heart rate monitoring but you need bulky wireless chest straps to be able to do that. The in-built optical heart rate sensor puts Garmin Forerunner 225 in the same line of Apple Watch and Fitbit Charge HR, the fitness trackers that could measure heart rate through your wrist. Garmin 225 fitness band is compatible with Android and iOS devices.
It is the first GPS running watch with wrist-based heart rate from Garmin. Garmin Forerunner 225 utilizes Mio Heart Rate Technology to measure heart rate. Additionally, it can track steps, calories and distance covered. The built-in accelerometer records indoor activity.
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The optical heart rate sensor shines light into skin and measures the amount reflected back. The slight variation in the returned light occurs as blood is pumped through the wrist. This variation is used to determine heart rate.
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The heart rate and zone is displayed through a graphical interface. When the interface is gray, this means that you are in warm-up zone, a 50% of the heart rate. The blue easy zone indicates 60% of the max heart rate and green zone is aerobic, the 70% of your heartbeat. The 80% of the heartbeat is orange and at threshold. The red color marks the maximum zone where your heartbeat is the maximum 90% of the heartbeat.
With the help of interface, you can set training programs for yourself in accordance with your age. The maximum heart rate during exercise is estimated to be your age minus 220. The fitness data is automatically uploaded to Garmin Connect, from where you can share it within your social circle. You can also get free training plans, personalized guidance and advanced workouts from Garmin Connect.
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It is to be noted that Garmin Connect is an online community where Garmin users can share their activities. The mobile app is available for download for free and once the download is over, you can connect it with the smartwatch. The data is synced automatically with the watch once you have completed the running session or when the phone is within the network. You can also track the stats in real-time.
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Additionally, you get GPS and accelerometer in Garmin Forerunner 225 to track your run outdoor and on treadmill. If you have been inactive for a while, you get alerts to move around and increase your activity level.
Garmin Forerunner 225 Price:
You can buy Garmin Forerunner 225 for $299 on the official website. The estimated shipping time is 5-8 weeks.