Garmin has expanded the scope of its health monitoring partnership with Lumen. The two companies first joined forces in November to provide people with health information that would let them make more informed decisions about their nutrition and fitness regimens.
The partnership specifically concerns Lumen’s metabolism measurement device, which analyzes the user’s breath to let them know whether their body is burning fat or burning carbs. The first phase of the project allowed people to view that data on a Garmin device with a Lumen app that was made available through Garmin’s Connect IQ Store.
The second phase, meanwhile, will integrate that metabolism data with biometric data collected with the Garmin wearable itself. In that regard, people will now be able to view their body battery and heart rate data (both resting and active) directly in the Lumen app to gain a better sense of how their workout affects their metabolism. They can then use that information to optimize their training and their diet based on the results.
As it stands, Garmin users gathered more than 11,000 post-workout metabolism measurements during the first three months of the program. Seventy percent of those users learned that they burned fat rather than carbs following a workout, which motivated them to workout 15 percent longer than an average user. They were also more likely to fast and took more steps throughout the day than those not tracking their metabolisms.
“Garmin users who measure their metabolism become smarter athletes because they get metabolic feedback in real time on their wrist after workouts,” said Lumen Head of Data Barak Alon.
“Proper nutrition is just as essential as your workout routine, whether you’re just getting started on your fitness journey or training for a triathlon,” added Garmin Health Global Product Lead Travis Johnson. “The combination of real-time metabolic data and biometric data is a powerful tool that lets you make informed decisions about how to fuel your body and achieve your fitness goals faster.”
This is not the first time that Garmin has encouraged customers to use biometric data to improve performance. A French e-sports team is currently using the company’s Garmin Instinct Esports Edition smartwatch to help its players make better decisions during matches.