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Polar’s ‘Nightly Recharge’ (On The New Ignite) vs. Garmin’s ‘Body Battery’.

by Anura Guruge


They are both basically trying to tell you how well your body is coping and recovering from stress (BOTH physical and emotional).

Garmin with its ‘Body Battery‘ (which I have on my MARQ Expedition) does it over the whole day.

Polar with its ‘Nightly Recharge‘, per the unambiguous name, focuses on your nightly ‘recharge’ — with the emphasis on the early part of your sleep.

Polar’s ‘Nightly Recharge’ definitely gives you more data than I get with the Garmin, e.g., breathing rate, heart rate variability and beat-to-beat interval. (See images below).


Click to ENLARGE and read here. From Polar’s Website.


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“Nightly Recharge” summary screen on the Polar Ignite.


Garmin’s ‘Body Battery’ feedback on Garmin Connect.


Polar’s ‘Nightly Recharge’ status on their APP.


As you can see from above, there are TWO aspects that are taken into consideration: autonomic nervous system (ANS) recovery and how well you slept.


ANS Feedback


The Sleep feedback which is not that dissimilar to what you can get with a Garmin.


The Garmin MARQ Expedition & Polar Ignite side-by-side on my wrist. NO, I do not wear them together. Would be overkill. This was just for the photo op.


It appears I am doing OK. I could have told you that without either the Garmin or Polar! SMILE. I sleep like a LOG. To say I sleep like a baby would be wrong. As a father of four I know that babies are fussy sleepers. I am not. I fall asleep fairly easily and when I do, I am GONE. I sleep deeply as far as I am concerned.

There is a very good reason as to why I sleep well. I am dead tired by the time I go to bed … usually after 1am in the MORNING. I also don’t get as much sleep as I would like. 8 hpurs would be a dream. 7 would be nice. I usually end up with something less than 7.

As long as I get up at my usual time, which is past 8am, I wake up RESTED and ready to go.

So, both the Polar and Garmin are basically confirming this. I sleep OK and am recharged when I get up.

Would be interesting to see what others get in terms of readings.


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by Anura Guruge

The Soon To Be Available Samsung ‘Galaxy Active’ Smartwatch Will Measure Blood Pressure On The Wrist.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the ‘Verge’ post which includes a video.


Click to access CNET article.


Heart rate monitoring is good. A must have and I am not sure I could now live without it.

ECG/EKG is cute, but it doesn’t seem to do much for I since I, to my amazement, appear to have a normal rhythm.

But, on the wrist blood pressure monitoring, with a smartwatch, is HUGE. I have always said I will get a smartwatch that will accurately measure blood pressure. This Samsung Galaxy Active appears to have it ALL for $199. It is crazy. GPS, sleep, AMOLED display, HR and blood pressure.

Now I did own a Samsung Frontier S3 but I didn’t use it much. Ended up selling it — for a decent price. But, the Galaxy Active might be different. Having blood pressure, on my wrist, 24×7, is hard to bypass.

Galaxy Active will NOT be available till March 8, 2019. There are NO reviews of the blood pressure feature as yet. I would like to see a couple of reviews. But, for that price I might just pre-order and if it does not work — return it.


My Garmin Fenix 5.

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by Anura Guruge

‘Amazfit Verge’ Is GREAT Running Watch — Better Than A Garmin Fenix 5!

by Anura Guruge


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Just in case you are thinking that this is sour grapes on my part and that I wish I could afford a Garmin Fenix 5 — please let me tell you that I own a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. So, this is an objective and considered opinion.

So, why do I like the Amazfit Verge better. Very simple — and I have talked about it before. The very bright, colorful and cheery AMOLED display. Makes all the difference. All your stats are displayed buch bolder and brighter. They really pop out. Plus, the use of vivid color, when showing heart rate zones, makes it easier to digest and register — on the run.

In terms of data collected and displayed they are on a par. So, you can’t fault the Verge on that. Yes, this has been said before by others and it is very obvious. Those that developed the Verge studied the Fenix 5, in depth, and set out to match the functionality and presentation — albeit with the better AMOLED display.

Yes, the GPS might be a tad off, but not that different to say the Fitbit Ionic or the new Polar Vantage V. I much prefer the Verge to the Polar Vantage V.

Yes, I am impressed. I like it. Yes, it has some faults. ‘Floors climbed‘ is erratic beyond belief and the erraticness varies with watch face! More on that in another post.

I have only done 3 runs with the Verge so far. But, I plan to wear it for at least another week. So, I will provide more feedback in the coming days.


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by Anura Guruge

‘Amazfit Verge’ — It Is The Vibrant AMOLED Display That Makes It So Compelling.

by Anura Guruge


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As some of you know I own a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. So, why am I so enamored with a watch that is 25% its cost and, of course, not as feature rich, e.g., lack of maps.

It took me awhile to work out why I find the Amazfit Verge so compelling and satisfying to wear, 24×7. It is the vibrant display made possible by its AMOLED screen — Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (AMOLED).

Compared to this AMOLED display, the Fenix 5 Plus display, even with the fairly high brightness setting I use (at the cost of battery life), is dull and insipid. I like bold, bright displays. At its most simple, it is more cheery and there is a lot to be said for that.

I, given that I have been shoveling snow for 3-days in a row, haven’t gone for a run with the Amazfit Verge as yet. That would, of course, be interesting. But, outside of that, the Amazfit Verge does all I really care about — i.e., steps, continuous heart-rate, floors climbed and sleep — quite proficiently. While the Fenix 5 Plus does not bother me, the Amazfit Verge, a featherweight, is noticeably lighter and I, to my surprise, notice that. But, in the end, it is still the display. It is one heck of a compelling display. Plus the price is very right. Trust me on that.


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by Anura Guruge

Garmin Fenix 5 — More On The ‘Resting Heart Rate’ (RHR) Reporting Anomaly.

by Anura Guruge


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A few minutes later!



Another Example.

Initial 7-day reading, at 7:00:52 am. Shows previous day close to ’60’.


43-minutes later. Reading adjusted by nearly 10 beats per minute — close to ’50’ than ’60’!


My Fenix 5, first thing in the morning, as soon as I get, giving me an inflated Resting Heart Rate (RHR) reading and then revising it down, quite dramatically, some time later, is now happening on a regular basis. So, here are two examples from different days, July 4 & July 6, 2018 — one showing readings from Garmin Connect and the other the watch Widget,

My Resting Heart Rate (RHR) due to decades of running and two-decades of being on heart-medicine Toprol XL, tends to be on the low side., especially when I am sleeping. It is not unusual for my sleeping heart rate to be in the 43 — 45 bpm range, sometimes falling to the high 30s. I tend to sync my Fenix 5 first thing in the morning and check my RHR (just to make sure that I am still alive).

I already did a post on this on July 4, 2018. Just wanted to show you the July 6th example too.

Then I noticed that the Fenix 5 adjusts this graph in time! So, the SPIKE goes away and it shows that my RHR is GOOD.

Today, July 8, 2018, it happened again. Initial reading, much to my chagrin, was in the high 50s. Few minutes later it dropped down to 46 bpm, which, for I, is par for the course.


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by Anura Guruge

Garmin Fenix 5 — Another Fault, Incorrect 7-Day Resting Heart Rate Reporting (RHR).

by Anura Guruge


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Initial 7-day reading, at 7:00:52 am. Shows previous day close to ’60’.


43-minutes later. Reading adjusted by nearly 10 beats per minute — close to ’50’ than ’60’!


My Resting Heart Rate (RHR) due to decades of running and two-decades of being on heart-medicine Toprol XL, tends to be on the low side., especially when I am sleeping. It is not unusual for my sleeping heart rate to be in the 43 — 45 bpm range, sometimes falling to the high 30s. I tend to sync my Fenix 5 first thing in the morning and check my RHR (just to make sure that I am still alive).

But, before checking Heart Rate on Garmin Connect I tend to check in on the Fenix 5 using the widget-loop. Then I hit the on/off button to get the 7-day graph. Invariably it shows this BIG SPIKE that gets me worried! Why did my heart rate shoot up. See figure 1, above. You can see why that would concern someone with heart issues (as is my case).

Then I noticed that the Fenix 5 adjusts this graph in time! So, the SPIKE goes away and it shows that my RHR is GOOD.

I knew that none of you would believe me. So the other day, last Saturday, June 30, 2018 to be precise, I took the above pictures. Now, you can’t tell me that I am just making this up.

Very annoying. I would expect this from a cheap watch BUT not from a Fenix 5.

What do you think?


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by Anura Guruge

A New Samsung Gear S4, Even Without ‘BPM’, Would Be V. Bad News For Garmin.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access original article in the U.K. “Express”. Google “Samsung Gear S4” for many, many more over the last 72-hours.


From the same “Express” article referenced above. Use the link — above.


YouTube video claiming to confirm that the S4 will have
“Blood Pressure Monitoring” (BPM).


The Samsung Gear S3 was a pretty impressive and compelling SMART watch — and I know since I had one till last week (when I sold it on Facebook).

It lacked all of the activity, sleep, performance and stress tracking features to make it into a genuine alternative to a medium- to high-end Garmin. But, it was a decent Smartwatch for those that wanted just the basic activity tracking functionality.

In the last few days there has been a lot of talk in the media about the forthcoming Samsung Gear S4 — which might possibly be called the Samsung Galaxy Watch.

It is supposed to have a lot more activity and sleep features. But, it is also said to go all out on health monitoring, and might include “Blood Pressure Monitoring” (BPM). That would be big.

Some are talking some real fancy features like displays on the rim of the case and on the strap. That might be overkill. But, BPM will be a game changer.

I will keep you post.


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iWOWNFit i6HRC Fitness Tracker — Might Be The Fitbit Beater?

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below for Amazon product listing.

Click here for the Amazon product listing
for the iWOWNFit i6HRC.


The newly announced Fitbit ACE for kids at $99.95 and it doesn’t even have heart rate monitoring.


It was Teischan’s 12th birthday last week and I wanted to get her a Fitness Tracker since everybody else in the house has one.

But, it was going to be a challenge of sorts since she had told me repeatedly that she did NOT want one, would not wear one and that she hated having anything on her wrist! So, I didn’t want to get anything expensive if she was just going to discard it. Plus, given my far from ideal experience with my Fitbit Ionic, there was NO WAY I was going to get another Fitbit product — PLUS they are stupidly expensive.

So, I started doing a bit of research. I came across this iWOWNFit i6HRC, which was $35.99 at the time I placed the order (plus I had $4.99 in Amazon credits). It looked decent and interesting PLUS it came with a PURPLE BAND. Teischan likes purple and I was hoping that that would appeal to her.

Well, she has been wearing it — much more than I could have hoped for. She likes it!

It seems to work.

Very clever design. It is like a USB key. The USB plug to charge it is built in. NEATO. No need for cables. It is integrated.

The APP was easy enough to download and install on a 18-month old ASUS Android phone.

Paired FIRST TIME with no problem. Garmin could learn from them.

Synching has not been an issue.

I was so impressed I ordered ANOTHER. So, we have TWO (2). The second one is for Deanna who has misplaced her Fitbit Flex 2. The iWOWNFit i6HRC, at $20 less, does MUCH MORE. She got her’s yesterday.

I am NOT sure the numbers are accurate — as yet. Need to check that. Still early days.

Sleep tracking works. That is good.

So, we are cautiously optimistic.


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by Anura Guruge

“Quell”, A TENS Unit You Wear On Your Calf, For Relieving Chronic Pain.

by Anura Guruge


Click on image to access the official “Quell Relief” Website.


In concept it appear to be somewhat similar to a wireless TENS unit such as the Aleve. A big difference is that it is a SMART unit in that you control with a smartphone APP and the APP will keep track of how you used the device, your sleep patterns etc. Like with most TENS units a typical session is 60-minutes long.

It works by trying to interfere with and block peripheral nerve pain signals before they get processed by the Central Nervous System (CNS). Since it is the CNS that, in the end, is responsible for generating all pain that you feel, IF you can stop the CNS getting pain signals from the peripheral nerves, you can, in theory, minimize the amount of pain generated by the CNS. By and large TENS units work — though they only alleviate pain for some periods of time. It is not a cure. At best a temporary respite from pain.

The Quell, like other TENS units, should work — at least to an extent. It is, however, about five times the cost of the Aleve and the crucial electrodes that you have to replace on a regular basis are expensive.

What I have not been able to determine as yet is whether a Quell really is more effective than say a Aleve — or whether it is all hype. Yes, the APP is unique for now — but the APP does not play any part in reducing chronic pain.


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