Microsoft Band Powered by Microsoft Health


Microsoft Band:


David and I bought our Microsoft Band’s on the day they released while we were on vacation in Honolulu, Hawaii!  We called the Microsoft store as soon as it opened up and they said they had some in stock but that we needed to get there as soon as possible!   We immediately headed to the store which was about 2 miles from our hotel room and luckily they had our size in stock!  All bands were sold out that day online and in stores!  We were excited that we had the opportunity to be one of the first to try these out!

We had the Garmin Vivofit prior to purchasing the Band.  I will have to say that the Band has many more capabilities then the Vivofit and also incorporates social apps from your personal life so that you can keep up to date on everything without having to have your phone out all the time!  The accuracy of the band (heart rate) is pretty accurate within 2 heartbeats from my Garmin GPS Watch.

I have now been using my band for the past 2 months and will have to say that I absolutely love it!  I love the information that I receive from a sleep analysis perspective as well as the ability to download workouts from health magazines and have the band coach me through the workout!  I have attached my starbucks card to the band and also use it quite often!  This band is strong today in V1 and can see where Microsoft will be taking this in the future!  My hope is that it will all incorporate into HealthVaul




Garmin VivoFit


Garmin has recently released a Fitness band that learns your activity level and helps you to improve your overall fitness level! This is a great device especially if you have other garmin devices as it interfaces and integrates with the garmin portal and exercise tracking application! What I like most about this device is it actually tells you how many calories your body utilizes during the day. I have always heard that with my body type that I typically burn 1200 calories today (with no exercise)…It was amazing as this is exactly what my watch tells me if I am not active during the day. This device does not allow you to put in what you eat and therefore does not provide you will an overall view of consumption as opposed to usage…but at the end of the day…you can calculate this yourself by utilizing Bing Health and Fitness and subtracting you calorie intake from your calorie expenditure. I highly recommend this band as it has a 1 year battery life, waterproof, etc!