The pandemic that took over the world for the past two years has and continue to have major impacts on all aspects of our lives. For some, it made them realise the importance of having a healthy lifestyle which is why you may have seen there have been increased numbers of cyclists and runners in your housing area or among your friends and family.
On another hand, the pandemic also raised awareness of a device called a pulse oximeter which measures the blood oxygen level (commonly referred to as the SpO2 level) in your body. This is because one of COVID-19’s major side effects is the impairment of oxygen delivery in the body due to lung damage caused by the virus.
Hence, the pulse oximeter can be used to detect hypoxia which is when one has very low levels of oxygen in his or her blood. Its role becomes fairly important considering the existence of a condition called Happy Hypoxia whereby there is not enough oxygen in your blood even if you aren’t experiencing shortness of breath, which is a common symptom of hypoxia.
While the device can be easily acquired and quite simple to operate, one needs to be vigilant when it comes to actual usage. According to this guide by the Ministry of Health, you should record the readings in a consistent manner which can be a tedious task to some out there.
So, this is where Garmin’s Pulse Ox comes into the picture. Available on selected Garmin watches including the Garmin Venu 2 Series which is one of the company’s most popular smartwatches, this feature not only allows you to check your SpO2 levels at any given time but also helps measure and record your readings overtime automatically.
In fact, you can even choose to have your SpO2 readings to be taken while you are asleep. You are then able to access your full SpO2 records inside the Garmin Connect app which allows for an easy and convenient way to continuously monitor the amount of oxygen in your blood.
Of course, there are more to Garmin watches than just Pulse Ox. Even though the full list of features depends on the specific model that you choose, all Garmin watches have been designed to not only accompany you in your fitness journey but also to help you achieve the best version of yourself on a daily basis.
Let’s take the Garmin Venu 2 and Venu 2S as examples: aside from Pulse Ox as well as the essential statistics including steps, calories, and heart rate, they can also be used to track stress, body energy, hydration, respiration, and sleep. For the ladies out there, both Venu 2 and Venu 2S can also be used to monitor their menstrual cycle and pregnancy.
The Garmin Venu 2 smartwatches also have more than 25 preloaded GPS and indoor sports inclusive of running, cycling, pool swimming, hiking, yoga, and more. They even come with a built-in training feature that provides animated on-screen workouts for cardio, strength, yoga, Pilates, and HIIT.
Want to go further? You can even craft your own workout set using more than 1,400 exercises that are available inside the Garmin Connect app. There is the Garmin Coach feature that can help you train for distances from 5K up to the full marathon.
If you love to work out while listening to music, you can load up your favourite songs into Venu 2 and Venu 2S from services such as Spotify and listen to them via Bluetooth headphones. Both watches also have safety and tracking features including an emergency message to selected contacts, which could be handy especially if you love to perform your workout outdoors.
What made the Garmin Venu 2 Series watches a bit more interesting though than your usual fitness wearables is the emphasis on design. As you may notice, Venu 2 and Venu 2S offers a modern, sleek, and stylish exterior that is being accented further by their AMOLED display which by the way, made it so easy to view all those data during workout sessions due to its brightness and clarity.
Let’s not forget, the Garmin Venu 2 Series smartwatches also have a battery life of up to 11 days which means they can spend more time tracking your fitness and vitals instead of having them hooked up to the charging cable every night.
Data is knowledge and only with knowledge can you make choices that will help elevate your fitness level. Backed by one of the leaders and most trusted names in the fitness wearable industry, the Venu 2 Series and other fine Garmin fitness wearables are here to help you achieve that.
The Garmin Venu 2 and Venu 2S are currently available at all authorised Garmin dealers throughout Malaysia for RM1,799. You can learn more about it over at garmin.com.my.
Do take note that Garmin fitness wearables including the Garmin Venu 2 Series smartwatches are NOT medical devices. So, if you see something that does not seem right in your fitness data or if you feel something odd is happening to your body, please consult your doctor immediately.
This article is brought to you by Garmin Malaysia.