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Six reasons why a Garmin vivosmart fitness band will transform your lifestyle

Have you noticed this new trend in fitness lately? Maybe it’s just because I’ve had such a great experience with my Garmin vivofit, but I seem to notice people wearing fitness band trackers wherever I go.

Using my vivofit, I noticed how much more active I was throughout my day. When I had been sitting for a while, the band gave me a gentle reminder to get up and move. By getting up more during my time at work (I sit at a desk most of the time,) I had less backaches and pain. Eventually, moving around during my day became a habit.

vivosmart-purpleIn addition, anyone who knows me knows that I have trouble getting motivated to work out. Well, while I’m still definitely not perfect, the vivofit encouraged me to work out because I knew that if I worked out, I would almost always hit my daily goal (steps, calories etc.).

Well, if Garmin kept me motivated with the vivofit, it upped the ante even more with its new vivosmart. Not only does this product get you moving, it also fully integrates into your everyday, busy lifestyle thanks to its smart notifications features.

Here are six reasons why you need the vivosmart:

1.Garmin Connect

While all of the data that you need is on your wrist, (steps taken, calories burned and so much more,) Garmin takes in an extra step with its Garmin Connect app. The vivosmart pairs with a mobile or desktop app, and syncs via Bluetooth. The app offers comprehensive data, and tracks your progress as you work toward a healthier you. It also lets you earn virtual badges and compete against others around the world for an extra dose of motivation.

vivosmart-garmin-connect2.Realistic goals

Have you reached for a new accomplishment, and then realized that it’s nearly impossible? The Garmin vivosmart won’t let you off the hook that easily! It lets you set personalized and realistic goals. As you improve, the Garmin will up the steps you need to take and calories that you need to burn each day. While it will help you get better, it will also be realistic and helpful!

Like I said before, the vivosmart helps you develop healthy habits. While at first you may be stretching to meet your goals, eventually it will be habit to get up and move!

3.Steps, distance and calories tracker

Exactly how far did you walk today? How long was your afternoon jog? The vivosmart keeps track of your exact distance traveled and translates it into the amount of calories you’ve burned throughout the day. During a summer trip to Chicago, when I first got my fitness band, I was amazed to see how far I walked. The step counter is the ultimate motivator.

The vivosmart allows you to see actual progress right on your wrist and also shows you how many steps you have left to make your goal.

4.Smart notifications

The vivosmart syncs to your smartphone via Bluetooth, and gives you notifications right on your wrist! You’ll see emails, alerts and texts right on your wrist, and feel them as you’re alerted with a gentle vibration.

5.Long-last battery and 24/7 wearability

While some fitness bands have a very short battery life, the vivosmart lasts up to a full week without needing a recharge. You have roughly seven days to use it before charging it back up!

It also comes with a clock and alarm clock, integrating in your busy, everyday lifestyle even better!

Your device also has a water rating of 5 ATM, so you can wear it while in the shower or at the pool. It never has to come off your wrist.

6.Motivation!

I know I’ve said this already, but I just need to drive this point home. The vivosmart will change your lifestyle by getting you up and moving! If you don’t get up for an hour, the vivosmart will deliver a gentle reminder, telling you to get up and move! Even if you lose track of time while sitting around, the vivosmart won’t! With this band, you’ll be encouraged to walk more steps and burn more calories. It’s a super fun and extremely effective way to get motivated.

It can also be connected with optional, not-included features, such as bike speed sensors or a heart monitor.

The vivosmart comes in five different colors and two sizes, so pick out the perfect one for you and then go! If you still have questions about the vivosmart or if you want to see it in action, check out a video and its product page here: Garmin vivosmart

As always, if you have any questions about fitness products or golf trainers, feel free to call us to chat with an expert at 1.888.738.5527 or email us at help@playbetter.com.

Golf Fitness: Get fit before you hit the links

Golfers: It’s no secret. If you get in better shape, you’ll have more success on the course. By getting fit, you’ll develop strength, better balance and a stronger core. And what does that lead to? More power. Better control. Longer distances.

And what golfer wouldn’t want that?!

At PlayBetter, we’re conscious about what we’re eating and how we’re living, as we know that our overall nutrition and fitness will translate into our everyday lives – and obviously right to the golf course!

If it was your New Year’s Resolution to get in shape or become a better golfer, why not go for both? There are some fantastic products on the market designed to help golfers get fit, which in turn, help their
game.

Check out some of our favorites:

GolfGym Powerswing Trainer – Masters

Although GolfGym’s resistance cords seem simple, they are some of the most effective ways to target and strengthen golf-specific muscles. The cords attached to either a left- or right-handed ProPerfect Training Grip, which is included. Then, the exercises that you perform imitate an actual golf
swing, so you’ll be directly strengthening specific muscles you need to swing.

If you’re a rookie when it comes to working out, the bands have different levels of resistance, from light to medium to heavy. Start with a light resistance, work your way up, then see the results on the course!

Here’s a video of GolfGym in action!

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Trigger Point The Grid 2.0 Foam Roller

Simply put: These tools are awesome. My friend who has a bad hip swears by her Trigger Point, as it alleviates pain and rounds out a workout.

While athletes in every sport – from amateurs to professionals – use Trigger Points, they are perfect for golfers.

The 2.0 is 26” long and 5” in diameter, so it has even more room for you to massage you lats, quads and back. Beyond massaging and stretching, it’s a great tool that can be used for core exercises. As you strengthen your core, you’ll see the results on you and on the golf course.

The Trigger Point Grid 2.0 is available in four colors. See how it can lead to a better you here:


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Garmin vivosmart

Join the movement with the brand new fitness band from Garmin, the vivosmart. This fitness band leads the way in wearable technology and fully integrates fitness into your busy, everyday life.

Right on your wrist, you’ll see your steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned and more! The band syncs with Garmin Connect, a mobile app that tracks your progress and shows you data analysis.

In addition to being an amazing fitness band, the vivosmart also has smart notifications, so you can see mobile alerts right on your wrist. This band will become an everyday part of you life as you work to get fit!

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Orange Whip Golf Swing Trainer

The Orange Whip is one of our best-sellers, and for a good reason! Available in three sizes, the Orange Whip has a flexible handle and counterbalanced weights that allow you to feel your swing and improve your balance, core strength and flexibility.

If you use the Orange Whip regularly in your workouts or while training, you’ll develop a more consistent swing. In addition, you can carry it in your bag without it counting toward the 14-club rule.


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GolfGym Balance Ball

Last but not least, one product I use every day is the GolfGym Balance Ball. While it’s a great fitness tool, it’s also a great replacement for office chairs. After a day of work sitting on the ball, my back feels great, compared to feeling aches and pains after sitting on a chair.

Balance balls are best known for leading to a stronger core. They also make you more flexible and can be easily incorporated into many workouts. By using a balance ball, you may find yourself hitting longer drives after developing a stronger core.

Shop GolfGym.

Check out all of our fitness products here.

As always, if you have any questions about fitness products or golf trainers, feel free to call us to chat with an expert at 1.888.738.5527 or email us at help@playbetter.com.

​Six reasons to check out the Garmin Approach S6 Golf GPS Watch

Recently, we got in our first few shipments of the new Garmin Approach S6 Golf GPS Watch. We love Garmin products because we know that we’ll be able to provide golfers with reliable, accurate and top-of-the-line golf training aids.

And the Garmin S6 is no different. Coming in a sleek new package, we were excited to take out the new Garmin watch to test-drive.

More than 38,000 courses from around the world are available without any additional fees or downloads on this watch. And, like all Garmin GPS devices, the S6 will greatly improve golfers’ games. While it stands alone as an awesome golf gadget, it also syncs with Garmin Connect, a comprehensive app and online resource that allows you to keep your scores, track improvements, compare yourself to other golfers and much more.

Here are six reasons why you’ll love having a S6 wrapped around your wrist.

1. Accuracy

garmin s6Like its predecessors, the S6 provides precise distances to the front, back and middle of the green. In addition to showing the distances from where you’re standing, it will show you the distances to doglegs and layups. You can also create your own yardage points and position pins.

2. Battery life

Out golfing, the last thing that you want to have to do is worry about recharging your watch battery. We know how frustrating it is to have a GPS unit die on you in the middle of an outing.

Well, the S6 can keep up with you for a full weekend of golf. It can be used for up to 10 hours on full GPS mode and up to 20 weeks as a regular watch!

3. Touch screen

We can’t say enough about the next touch screen from the S6.

The full color is crisp, especially when under the bright sun. The CourseView button lets you view the entire layout of the hole – including the teebox, fairway and green – all in full color.

4. Swing metrics and blind shot assistance

garmin s6 fourThis watch will up your golf game. Enough said. But let’s elaborate.

The swing metrics feature on the S6 offers both SwingTempo and TempoTraining. As you swing, the watch will measure the relationship between your up- and downswing. Then, the TempoTraining will help improve your technique as it helps you develop your perfect golf swing ratio. Develop more consistency with the S6.

The watch also comes with blind shot assistance. Is there an obstacle hindering your view, or are you in a trap? No problem! The GPS watch gives you an arrow that points you in the right direction of the hole.

5. Sleek design

The new watch comes in two different color option – light and dark. Compared to past models, the S6 sits flatter against your wrist. It won’t feel bulky on your wrist, but you’ll have so many great features to improve your game.

6. Everyday watch

With its nice design and long battery life, this GPS watch can transition off the links to an everyday watch. It tells time, but also has a timer and odometer – both helpful tools for on and off the course!

​Garmin Approach G6 vs. G7 vs. G8

When selecting a golf GPS unit from Garmin, you’ll be given many different options. While the Approach G6, G7 and G8 units all provide golfers with manual pin positioning, more than 30,000 preloaded courses, precise shot distance measurements, touch-tracking and more, the newest models are also loaded with exclusive, new features.

Garmin Approach G7 and G8Both the Garmin G7 and G8 offer PlaysLike Distance, Club Suggestion and Big Numbers Mode.

PlaysLike Distance
With the new, innovative PlaysLike Distance feature, your accuracy will be improved. The GPS adjusts for both uphill and downhill shots and gives you precise distances to your target.

Big Numbers Mode
The touchscreens are bright, making them easy-to-read even
during the brightest days on the course. The devices make color-coded layup arcs, touch targeting and manual pin placement come alive! For an even clearer view, you can increase the font size for the distances to the front, back and middle of the green.

Club Suggestion
Both the G7 and G8 units automatically remember how far you hit with each club. Based on the data, they offer recommendations on which club to use based on your previously recorded shot distances. Never second-guess your selection again.

Exclusive to the Garmin G8 – complete with a larger, 3” screen – are new features, including innovative PinPointer technology and built-in WiFi.

PinPointer Technology
Even when you can’t see it, you can locate the center of the green! The unique PinPointer technology points you in the right direction for more accurate blind shots.

WiFi Updates
With built-in WiFi, the Approach G8 automatically downloads course updates when connected to a WiFi network. These automatic downloads come at no additional charge. Stay up-to-date with the G8!

Bigger Screen
The G8 boasts the biggest screen of Garmin’s golf GPS units. Paired with big numbers mode and a crisper display, the G8 has a 3” screen gives you the best view while on the course.

Comparing the Garmin G6, G7 and G8

Garmin announces innovative Approach G7 and G8 Golf GPS units

Garmin announced its new Approach G7 and G8 GPS units today, giving golfers innovative devices that help elevate their golf game.

Loaded with more than 30,000 international courses (with free course updates for life), the latest additions to the Approach series give golfers Garmin’s proven accurate read on distances while packing these state-of-the-art devices with more features than ever before. The G7 and G8 feature bright touchscreens to make it easy to read on under the relentless sun, but are also rainproof for those not-so-sunny days. In addition to measuring distance, they also keep track of fairways hit, greens in regulation and putts per round. The built-in digital scorecard also records and saves scores of up to four people at a time. Scoring options include Stroke Play, Stableford, Skins and Match Play with adjustable handicaps.

Garmin Approach G7 and G8Unlike other golf GPS devices on the market, the innovative Approach G7 and G8 GPS units can sync directly to your iPhone (4s or later). Rummaging around in your golf bag while looking for your phone can be a hassle. Eliminate the fuss and have your texts, emails and alerts sent directly to the unit.

In addition, the new devices have improved accuracy, thanks to cutting-edge PlaysLike Distance technology. The GPS units adjust for both uphill and downhill shots and give golfers precise distances to their target.

These are just a few of the awesome new features that the G7 and G8 are equipped with. See all of the features the new units offer below. One thing is for sure. Using these new units will put you ahead on the golf course by giving you precise distances, offering you club suggestions and tracking your progress.

Features available on both the G7 and G8:

Easy-to-Read Touchscreen and Big Numbers Mode
The touchscreen (2.6″ on the G7, 3″ on the G8) is bright and easy to read even during the brightest days on the course. The Approach makes color-coded layup arcs, touch targeting and manual pin placement come alive. For an even clearer view, you can increase the font size for the distances to the front, back and middle of the green.

Garmin Approach G7 Golf GPSSmart Notification
New to Garmin’s line of handheld GPS units is Smart Notification. Receive emails, texts and alerts directly on the device without having to dig around your golf bag for your iPhone. Smart notification is compatible with iPhones (4s or later).

Club Advice
The GPS units automatically remembers how far you hit each club, and offers recommendations on which club to use based on your previously recorded shot distances.

Stat Tracking
With enhanced stats, the G7 and G8 keep track of fairways hit, greens in regulation and putts per round. Stats can be reviewed during the round on the course, and they can also be downloaded for later review.

PlaysLike Distance
Accuracy is improved with the new, innovative PlaysLike Distance feature. The GPS adjusts for both uphill and downhill shots and gives golfers precise distances to their target.

Green View
Use Green View to zero in on the pin and drag the flag to position it where you see it, giving you more accurate yardage.

Sleek Yet Rugged Design
The rugged device allows you to use the GPS in a rainstorm or keep it in your bag without fear of damage.

Garmin Connect
Become part of the online golfer community by sharing your scores and comparing rounds. The G7 and G8 are now compatible with Garmin Connect, giving golfers the chance to upload, analyze and share scorecards and other data, including fairways hits and number of putts. With Garmin Connect, golfers can keep track of whom they’ve played and who won each round. Garmin Connect also tracks golfers’ tendencies, trends and progress, helping golfers improve their game over time.Garmin Approach G8
Garmin Approach G8 Golf GPSExclusive G8 features:

WiFi Updates
With built-in WiFi, the Approach G8 will automatically download course updates whenever it is connected to a WiFi network with no additional charge.

PinPointer Technology
Find the center of the green, even if you can’t see it, with PinPointer technology! The unique feature points you in the right direction for more accurate blind shots.

Larger Screen
The G8’s 3″ screen with Big Numbers mode make touch targeting and manual pin placement a breeze.

Interested? Get more information or purchase a unit by clicking on the links below.

Garmin Approach G7 GPS | Garmin Approach G8 GPS

Garmin announces innovative Approach G7 and G8 Golf GPS units

Garmin announced its new Approach G7 and G8 GPS units today, giving golfers innovative devices that help elevate their golf game.

Loaded with more than 30,000 international courses (with free course updates for life), the latest additions to the Approach series give golfers Garmin’s proven accurate read on distances while packing these state-of-the-art devices with more features than ever before. The G7 and G8 feature bright touchscreens to make it easy to read on under the relentless sun, but are also rainproof for those not-so-sunny days. In addition to measuring distance, they also keep track of fairways hit, greens in regulation and putts per round. The built-in digital scorecard also records and saves scores of up to four people at a time. Scoring options include Stroke Play, Stableford, Skins and Match Play with adjustable handicaps.

g71Unlike other golf GPS devices on the market, the innovative Approach G7 and G8 GPS units can sync directly to your iPhone (4s or later). Rummaging around in your golf bag while looking for your phone can be a hassle. Eliminate the fuss and have your texts, emails and alerts sent directly to the unit.

In addition, the new devices have improved accuracy, thanks to cutting-edge PlaysLike Distance technology. The GPS units adjust for both uphill and downhill shots and give golfers precise distances to their target.

These are just a few of the awesome new features that the G7 and G8 are equipped with. See all of the features the new units offer below. One thing is for sure. Using these new units will put you ahead on the golf course by giving you precise distances, offering you club suggestions and tracking your progress.

Pre-order the G7 or G8 now.

Features available on both the G7 and G8:

Easy-to-Read Touchscreen and Big Numbers Mode
The touchscreen (2.6″ on the G7, 3″ on the G8) is bright and easy to read even during the brightest days on the course. The Approach  makes color-coded layup arcs, touch targeting and manual pin placement come alive. For an even clearer view, you can increase the font size for the distances to the front, back and middle of the green.

Smart Notification
New to Garmin’s line of handheld GPS units is Smart Notification. Receive emails, texts and alerts directly on the device without having to dig around your golf bag for your iPhone. Smart notification is compatible with iPhones (4s or later).

Club Advice
The GPS units automatically remembers how far you hit each club, and offers recommendations on which club to use based on your previously recorded shot distances.

garmin g8Stat Tracking
With enhanced stats, the G7 and G8 keep track of fairways hit, greens in regulation and putts per round. Stats can be reviewed during the round on the course, and they can also be downloaded for later review.

PlaysLike Distance
Accuracy is improved with the new, innovative PlaysLike Distance feature. The GPS adjusts for both uphill and downhill shots and gives golfers precise distances to their target.

Green View
Use Green View to zero in on the pin and drag the flag to position it where you see it, giving you more accurate yardage.

Sleek Yet Rugged Design
The rugged device allows you to use the GPS in a rainstorm or keep it in your bag without fear of damage.

Garmin Connect
Become part of the online golfer community by sharing your scores and comparing rounds. The G7 and G8 are now compatible with Garmin Connect, giving golfers the chance to upload, analyze and share scorecards and other data, including fairways hits and number of putts. With Garmin Connect, golfers can keep track of whom they’ve played and who won each round. Garmin Connect also tracks golfers’ tendencies, trends and progress, helping golfers improve their game over time.

Exclusive G8 features:

WiFi Updates
With built-in WiFi, the Approach G8 will automatically download course updates whenever it is connected to a WiFi network with no additional charge.

PinPointer Technology
Find the center of the green, even if you can’t see it, with PinPointer technology! The unique feature points you in the right direction for more accurate blind shots.

Larger Screen
The G8’s 3″ screen with Big Numbers mode make touch targeting and manual pin placement a breeze.

garmin-g7-vs-g8Interested? Get more information or purchase a unit  by clicking on the links below.

Garmin Approach G7 GPSGarmin Approach G8 GPS