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Home >> Blog >> Guest Blogger >> Walking in New York with Garmin SA

Walking in New York with Garmin SA

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In the words of the late great Martin Luther King Jr, I had a dream …

A dream of running through a snow-covered Central Park in New York, music blaring in my ears and my Garmin Forerunner 35 tracking my every move.

Sigh …

The reality is it rained almost every day during my recent solo trip to the Big Apple and nary a snowflake was to be found.

On the plus side, though, because I had to walk everywhere – not an issue when there is just so much to see and do in Manhattan and surrounds- I became well acquainted with the walking tracker feature on my device.

Here’s how my Garmin Forerunner 35 measured up in the walking stakes in the concrete jungle where dreams come true:

-          Stepping up: In addition to all of the walking I did in Times Square, Nolita (a neighbourhood in New York) and the Financial District, I spent an entire afternoon marching along what seemed liked the length and width of Central Park. My device tracked every one of my 18 600 steps for the day. Sure, I had jelly-like legs at the end of it all but boy, what a sightseeing and walking experience!

-          Location tracking:  There’s nothing more satisfying that seeing New York Walking pop up in your activities log! The GPS signal on the Forerunner 35 is impressively quick and accurate.

-          In sync: The only issue I had on this trip was the my Garmin Connect app wouldn’t sync with my device and, even after doing a quick reboot, it took a while for the date to align correctly. This could be a WiFi access issue, though, because as soon as I switched back to mobile data and location tracking in South Africa, syncing my walking progress was super easy.

The thing that surprised me the most about my walking experience in New York is that the act not only gave me the chance to really see the city but also provided quite a workout and appreciate my device.

We often equate having a fitness tracker only with running, swimming or cycling but walking is an equally important activity and feature. Try yours!

Until next month,