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Introducing the vívoactive 5 GPS smartwatch from Garmin

On-wrist fitness coaching, personalized health insights, detailed sleep stats and more are packed into the newest smartwatch with a stunning AMOLED display—all at an affordable price

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OLATHE, Kan. /PRNewswire/ — Garmin (NYSE: GRMN) today announced vívoactive® 5, its latest health and fitness smartwatch with a bright AMOLED touchscreen display that is designed to be an essential part of everyday life at an affordable price. Featuring a broad range of health monitoring features, vívoactive 5 can help users learn about their body, coach them on how to live an active lifestyle and support their fitness goals. With up to 11 days of battery life in smartwatch mode, users don’t have to worry about charging their watch every night and can therefore receive valuable around-the-clock health metrics like stress, Body Battery and sleep with personalized sleep coaching and nap detection.


The vívoactive 5 is Garmin’s latest health and fitness smartwatch with a bright AMOLED touchscreen display that is designed to be an essential part of everyday life at an affordable price.

Check out how vívoactive 5 can help track of your health and fitness goals here.

“Made for your active lifestyle, vívoactive 5 packs premium features into a stylish, affordable smartwatch. From a busy day on the go to a relaxing evening at home, on-wrist fitness coaching, personalized health insights, detailed sleep stats and more on vívoactive 5 make it an essential tool to help you gain a better understanding of how to meet your overall health and wellness goals.” – Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales

What’s new to vívoactive 5

  • A vibrant AMOLED display makes it easier to read health and fitness data, smart notifications and more.
  • Greater battery life – up to 11 days in smartwatch mode – means users can spend more time doing what they love and less time charging.
  • Like a sleep coach on the wrist, receive a sleep score and personalized coaching for how much sleep is recommended and keep track of different sleep stages, naps and other key metrics such as Pulse Ox1 and heart rate variability (HRV) status.
  • Start the day off right with a morning report that provides an overview of last night’s sleep plus recovery, HRV status and weather data (when paired with a compatible smartphone)2.
  • Automatically track or log naps to see how they may benefit the body and the target time and duration they should be.
  • Monitor Body Battery energy levels throughout the day to find the best times for activity and rest. And get even more details and personal insights on how sleep, naps, daily activities and high stress specifically impact energy levels3.
  • Wheelchair mode lets users track daily pushes and receive weight shift alerts plus wheelchair-specific sports apps and workouts. In creating these new features, the algorithms of some existing features were modified to enhance the meaningfulness of key insights for wheelchair users.
  • Better understand how each workout benefits the body and how much time is needed to recover to take on any fitness challenge.
  • Follow guided meditation practices to help reduce stress, anxiety and more.
  • Choose between two font sizes to view smart notifications4, workout data and more with greater ease.

Find your passion

With more than 30 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps, users can stay active no matter their passion—from walking and running to rowing, pickleball, activities for wheelchair users and more. vívoactive 5 even lets users create their own step-by-step workouts from more than 1,600 exercises in the Garmin Connect app and send them directly to the watch. For those looking to train for a 5K or something a bit longer, free Garmin Coach adaptive training plans can help users prepare. In addition to keeping tabs on daily steps and calories burned, vívoactive 5 can track moderate and vigorous intensity minutes, VO2 max and more.

Keep going strong

Full of health and wellness features, vívoactive 5 can help keep users going strong all day, every day. And with up to 11 days of battery life, users don’t have to worry about charging their watch every night, meaning they can have access to important health metrics 24/7. Day or night, vívoactive 5 tracks heart rate3, respiration, Pulse Ox, stress and more. While sleeping, it can monitor heart rate variability to help provide users with a deeper understanding of their overall health. What’s more, women can track their menstrual cycle and pregnancy and receive exercise and nutrition guidance.

Stay connected

Whether coming or going, stay connected with vívoactive 5 by receiving text messages, emails and alerts right from the wrist when paired with a compatible smartphone. Those with a compatible Android smartphone can also respond to texts using the on-watch keyboard and view photos directly from the watch screen. Safety and tracking features help provide peace of mind by sending a message with the user’s live location (when available) to chosen emergency contacts if they feel unsafe or if an incident is detected5. While out and about, breeze through certain checkout lines or transit systems with Garmin Pay contactless payments6 and download songs and playlists from Spotify®, Amazon Music and Deezer (subscription required) for phone-free listening. What’s more, users can see their health and fitness information in the Garmin Connect app and download apps, watch faces and more from the Connect IQ™ Store right on the watch, or find more options in the smartphone app.

Featuring a lightweight, aluminum bezel and silicone band, vívoactive 5 is available in multiple colorways, including black/slate, ivory/cream gold, navy/metallic navy and orchid/metallic orchid. Available now, vívoactive 5 has a suggested retail price of $299.99.

Engineered on the inside for life on the outside, Garmin products have revolutionized the wellness industry. Committed to developing wearables and health measurement tools that help people of all activity levels lead healthier lives, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday. Visit the Garmin Newsroomemail our media team, connect with @garminfitness on social, or follow our blog.

1This is not a medical device and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or monitoring of any medical condition; see Garmin.com/ataccuracy. Pulse Ox is not available in all countries.
2See Garmin.com/ble.
3 Activity tracking accuracy.
4When paired with a compatible smartphone
5When paired with a compatible smartphone; see Garmin.com/ble. For safety and tracking features requirements and limitations, see Garmin.com/safety
6 View current supported country, payment network and issuing bank information

About Garmin International, Inc. Garmin International, Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (NYSE: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin and vívoactive are registered trademarks and Body Battery, Garmin Connect, Garmin Pay and Connect IQ are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved. Amazon Music and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. SPOTIFY and the Spotify logo are among the registered trademarks of Spotify AB.

Notice on Forward-Looking Statements:
This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0001-411180). A copy of such Form 10-K is available at http://www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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8 Summer Driving Safety Tips

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(Family Features) Summer often brings vacations and road trips, which can put extra stress on your vehicle and one of its most important safety components: the tires. Higher pavement temperatures combined with normal wear and tear – plus added traffic volume due to summer travel – can contribute to potential safety hazards.

Before you head out this summer, consider these tips from the tire experts at your neighborhood Discount Tire to stay safe on the road.

  1. Check Tire Pressure Regularly
    Low tire pressure can lead to poor handling and gas mileage as well as excessive wear and overloading. Before any long trips – and at least once a month – check your tires’ air pressure, as bumps and turns can lead to air loss. Temperature changes also affect air pressure. For every 10 degrees in ambient temperature change, air pressure changes 1 pound per square inch (PSI).
     
  2. Be Tire Tread Aware
    The amount of tread on a tire, or tread depth, determines safe stopping distance. The more tread on the tire, the better it can grip the road and stop in a shorter distance. To check tread depth yourself, stick a penny upside-down in a tread groove. If President Lincoln’s head is visible, your tires are worn beyond safe-level recommendations and it’s time to replace.
     
  3. Understand Tire Age Matters
    As tires age, the rubber becomes harder and brittle, which can lead to higher risk for tire failure. Locate the DOT number stamped on the sidewall to check your tires’ age. Any tire that’s more than 6 years old should be replaced, but experts recommend replacing tires in sets of two or four to help ensure even wear. If you need assistance finding the right tires, Discount Tire’s tire recommendation tool, Treadwell, helps you find the best tires for your vehicle, location and driving habits using the same data tire experts use in-store.
     
  4. Rotate Tires as Necessary
    Tires should be rotated every 6,000 miles, or earlier if uneven wear develops, to maximize handling, traction and stopping power.
     
  5. Keep Your Alignment in Check
    Wheel alignments are an important part of auto maintenance that adjust the direction your tires point to prevent irregular wear and improve steering. If you notice uneven tread wear, your vehicle pulling to one side or the other, an off-center steering wheel while driving straight or steering wheel vibration, it may be time to have your alignment checked.
     
  6. Look for a Spare Tire
    Check to see what equipment your vehicle has in case of a flat tire, as many newer vehicles no longer include a spare tire. Now, some models include tire inflation kits with puncture-coating sealants and air compressors or run-flat tires instead. In case of emergency, also make sure you have a roadside assistance plan, which can help with flat repair, replacement or a tow.
     
  7. Avoid Overloading Your Vehicle
    Hitting the road for a summer vacation means you’re likely towing equipment for your adventures and, of course, people. If you’re concerned about all that extra weight, check the manufacturer’s load recommendations to ensure you’re not putting too much stress on the tires.
     
  8. Get Ahead of Weather
    While checking and maintaining your tires, it’s a good idea to look at other accessories ahead of summer weather you may encounter. Wiper blades should be replaced about every 12 months, or earlier if heavy streaking occurs during use.

To find additional tire safety tips and products or save on in-store wait times, visit DiscountTire.com.


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6 Tips for Planning Your Next Road Trip

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(Family Features) Warmer weather provides a perfect opportunity to hop behind the wheel of your car and explore breathtaking scenery, cultural experiences and adventures waiting to be discovered both near and far.

To ensure a smooth and memorable journey, consider these planning tips before departing on your road trip adventure.

Set Your Destination
When planning a road trip, the first step is to decide your destination. Consider factors such as the distance you are willing to travel, time available for your trip and attractions or landmarks you want to visit along the way. Also factor in weather conditions and seasonality of your destination as some places may be more enjoyable to visit during certain times of year. Keep in mind any special events or festivals happening you might want to attend.

Determine a Budget
Determine how much you are willing to spend on gas, food, lodging and entertainment. This can help you make informed decisions and avoid overspending. For example, when budgeting for food, plan for a mix of dining out and cooking your own meals. Pack a cooler with snacks and drinks for the road and make use of local grocery stores or farmers markets to buy fresh ingredients.

Plan Your Route
Take some time to map out your journey using online tools or GPS devices, considering the most scenic and interesting routes available. Consider the duration of your trip and how many stops you want to make along the way, finding a balance between driving time and time spent exploring attractions or enjoying the scenery. Also identify any must-see landmarks along your route.

Research Accommodations
Research different accommodation options along your route, such as hotels, motels, campgrounds and vacation rentals. Compare prices, read reviews and consider factors like location, amenities and safety. To save money on accommodations, consider alternatives like camping or staying with friends or family.

Pack the Essentials
Packing for a road trip can be a challenge, but with the right essentials, you can ensure a comfortable and enjoyable journey. Start by making a list of the items you may need during the trip, including clothing, toiletries and any special equipment or gear. Don’t forget essentials like comfortable shoes, swimwear and a jacket or sweater.

Other important items to pack include a first aid kit, snacks and drinks for the road, phone chargers and entertainment options such as books, music or games. It’s also a good idea to pack basic tools and emergency supplies, such as a flashlight, jumper cables, spare tire and a roadside emergency kit.

Take Appropriate Safety Precautions
While road trips are exciting adventures, it’s important to prioritize safety to ensure a smooth and memorable journey. Before hitting the road, share your itinerary with someone you trust and make sure your vehicle is in good condition. Check the tires, brakes, fluids and lights to minimize the risk of breakdowns or accidents. Also plan regular rest stops to avoid driver fatigue and stay updated on weather conditions and road closures along your route.

Find more tips to make the most of your road trip experience at eLivingtoday.com.

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Perfection in Every Wave: Bang & Olufsen and Riva Partner to Create the Ultimate Vessel for Sound

Perfection in Every Wave: Bang & Olufsen and Riva partner to create the ultimate vessel for sound. Unveiling in Sept 2024. #LuxuryAudio #Yachting

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In the world of luxury audio and yachting, two iconic brands have come together to create something truly extraordinary. Bang & Olufsen, the renowned leader in luxury audio, and Riva, the prestigious Italian yacht manufacturer, have joined forces to deliver the ultimate vessel for sound.

With a shared legacy of excellence in craftsmanship and an ambition to deliver beautiful sound experiences, Bang & Olufsen and Riva are now partnering to create the ultimate vessel for sound.

With a shared legacy of excellence in craftsmanship and an ambition to deliver beautiful sound experiences, Bang & Olufsen and Riva are a natural match. Both brands have long been known for their dedication to performance, design, and craftsmanship, and this collaboration is a testament to their commitment.

“The partnership between Riva and Bang & Olufsen sounds great. We both have a taste for ‘mixing’ elegance and innovation, and this shared value will guide our product design and production,” said Alberto Galassi, Ferretti Group’s CEO. He further expressed his excitement about advancing research in pursuit of absolute quality and beauty, eagerly anticipating the wonders that will emerge from this extraordinary collaboration.

The exclusive products from this partnership will be unveiled in September 2024 during the boat show season. This highly anticipated release is sure to excite both audio enthusiasts and luxury yacht aficionados alike. The combined expertise and prowess of Bang & Olufsen and Riva will undoubtedly result in something truly remarkable.

Bang & Olufsen has been at the forefront of luxury audio for almost a century. Their powerful sound, timeless design, and unrivaled craftsmanship have consistently set them apart from their competitors. Riva, on the other hand, is a true icon of fine Italian yachting artistry. With a history dating back to 1842, they are synonymous with beauty, style, and innovation in the boating world.

Bang & Olufsen and Riva will reveal the exclusive products in September 2024 during the boat show season.

Throughout this project, the teams at Bang & Olufsen and Riva have worked tirelessly to ensure that the final products live up to their legacy of excellence. The dedication of both teams is evident in every detail, from the superior sound quality to the impeccable design. The result is a vessel for sound that is nothing short of perfection.

As a personal testament to the quality of Bang & Olufsen’s products, I have been a proud owner of their portable speaker for several years. Just yesterday, I received my new headset/headphone from them, and I must say, it did not disappoint. In my interactions with the people at Bang & Olufsen, I have always been met with courtesy and friendliness. They genuinely care about their products and always strive for excellence.

The collaboration between Bang & Olufsen and Riva is set to redefine luxury audio experiences on the open waters. It is the perfect marriage of artistry, innovation, and style. We eagerly await the unveiling of these exclusive products and the incredible sound experiences they are sure to provide. Stay tuned for more updates as we embark on this exciting journey with Bang & Olufsen and Riva.

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