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Curlygurly2 profile image
Curlygurly2Graduate

Does your Garmin have the body battery feature? If so, do you take any notice of it or is it a complete load of twaddle?

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Speedy60 profile image
Speedy60Graduate

I sometimes look at it when I need a laugh 🤣

Curlygurly2 profile image
Curlygurly2Graduate in reply to Speedy60

So you think it's nonsense then?

What about pulse ox? I turned mine off as it showed such low overnight ox levels it was scary!

Speedy60 profile image
Speedy60Graduate in reply to Curlygurly2

I turned the pulse ox off not long after I was given my watch a year ago, mainly because it drains my battery too much. I don't think it's much use unless you run at altitude and my puny hills don't count. I think they maybe helpful if you have asthma or a lung problem, but then I'd be at the doctor, not relying on my recreational running watch. I figured, as I'm conscious, I probably have enough oxygen in my blood.

As for the body battery, I take very little notice of it. I do a lot of physical activity, I average over 18000 steps a day and I haven't done fewer than 12000 steps on any day in the last hundred. That's enough stats for me. I don't feel the need of my watch telling me 'a little light activity before bed would be beneficial' when I'm knackered in front of the telly. I guess if you're starting out, it might give you the push you need. Also, because I don't wear my watch in bed, I'm not sure how accurate it is.

Curlygurly2 profile image
Curlygurly2Graduate in reply to Speedy60

Mine doesn't suggest any such activity, it just tells me what impact the activity I have done has had...

Are you thinking about the widget that tells you to move every so-many-minutes?|

Pulse ox measures blood oxygen over night when you're sleeping... nothing to do with running or hills....

Speedy60 profile image
Speedy60Graduate in reply to Curlygurly2

I have a fenix 6s. The body battery is definitely a bit bossy.

Curlygurly2 profile image
Curlygurly2Graduate in reply to Speedy60

ha ha!

WillowandSola profile image
WillowandSolaGraduate in reply to Curlygurly2

Odd thing about pulse ox, when I first got my garmin I sent screenshots to my daughter to show her what it did, she said my pulse ox was a bit low and concerning, I got all defensive and said it was only a guide and not a medical device. Three days later I was in hospital on oxygen with low blood oxygen levels. It really is only a guide but low is low

I haven't seen such a feature, BTW, I am using Garmin 245 musicHeart zones related data might help, I have used alarm feature while doing high altitude trekking, it used to warn me when my heart rates crosses some limit

Curlygurly2 profile image
Curlygurly2Graduate in reply to lnarayanr

Yes the 245 does have this you just have to activate the widget.

oh, is it? let me try, thanks

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate

My vivoactive3 doesn't have Body Battery.

John_W profile image
John_WAmbassador

I take very little notice of Garmin's estimates of health or ability. However, if you are interested in such things, then the heart-rate variability (HRV) app by Welltory is quite handy to help you know your fatigue/energy level, if you're unable to work it out yourself!

I also use, the web browser extension 'Elevate for Strava' (formerly Stravistix) - I love the info of fitness, fatigue and form (all available with the paid-for version of Strava).

Curlygurly2 profile image
Curlygurly2Graduate in reply to John_W

Not really interested as such, more interested in other peoples opinion of this function

GoGo_JoJo profile image
GoGo_JoJoModerator

Only certain models have the BB feature. On the other models we get the "Productive/Unproductive/Overreaching/Maintaining" as well as suggested recovery needs and separate stress data.

Like much of the data it can be a useful guide but I wouldn't take it too seriously.

If you were on a strict, structured training plan say pushing for speed I would pay it more attention. If it's just regular running I don't think it sees enough 'real' stresses to be that accurate.

As with all these data collections you also need to wear it 24/7 for it to get the best overall results.

Body battery seems to be linked to stress levels, so if I don’t sleep much body battery is low and stress levels are high

Curlygurly2 profile image
Curlygurly2Graduate in reply to WillowandSola

Do you think it's accurate?

WillowandSola profile image
WillowandSolaGraduate in reply to Curlygurly2

I think it’s a good guide higher is good lower means get a bit more sleep

Curlygurly2 profile image
Curlygurly2Graduate in reply to WillowandSola

Usually I go up to 100 in the morning, I had two days last week where I didn't get above 35 - 45. I certainly did feel tired even though I had slept well.

WillowandSola profile image
WillowandSolaGraduate in reply to Curlygurly2

Don’t think mines ever been 100 but it’s 71 this morning and a day off so i better go for a run, for me it’s interesting to see the difference to a day off when i wake naturally and a work day when the alarm wakes me before i’m ready

Curlygurly2 profile image
Curlygurly2Graduate in reply to WillowandSola

I never set the alarm, never need to. The early morning sun often wakes me early in the morning in Summer, I've recently bought a sleep mask, makes a great difference.

I got a message on my watch this morning - poor sleep has delayed my recovery apparently....my sleep was the same as always... no idea what that's about...

WillowandSola profile image
WillowandSolaGraduate in reply to Curlygurly2

I sometimes think Garmin has some mental health issues 🤪daft as a brush, Willows said he was underachieving for our first 3 days of runs and walks then today said he was over reaching and added yet another year to his fitness age

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