I absolutely love my Garmin watch (Forerunner 235 FYI) I have written a post about it (wearing it alongside my Kate Spade bangle that I lost, sob!) and one thing I was constantly obsessing back in January was collecting Garmin badges. For those that don’t know on Garmin Connect, the app for the Garmin watch there is a section where you can collect badges for completing different types of activity. The activities range from adding a new piece of kit, running a marathon to having a rest day and everything in between. There is even Zombie badge where you have to connect with someone who already has that badge to catch the ‘disease’. With that one I went as far as contacting someone on a fitness forum who had the badge to see if they could share it with me!
I was so obsessed I did a deep dive on Google and found an article written by the guy that designed the Garmin badges (I do love the designs as I am an utter magpie) and a site that has unofficial Garmin badges.
I have collected 53 badges in my time of having this watch but recently I have become so fed up in the fact the badges that are now on offer are really naff and not motivating at all.
What I have noticed really is the rise of sponsored badges. These are usually for those running in the sponsored races. I actually don’t mind this- I think it is a good idea actually but coupled with badges for activities that most people won’t do (diving, flying a drone, flying in a wing suit and the kids watches (like the Star Wars one) and the – what I call ‘admin ones’ (scheduling a training plan, creating a segment). It doesn’t leave much to aim for. Surprising from a company that is using gamification to push people out of their comfort zones to earn these badges.
Garmin could make gaining badges so much more fun. They could have a Birthday and Christmas badges where you have to do an activity on those dates. International Women’s Day badges, badges for running with your dog. I don’t want to turn into a Girl Guide but I think it is something that could easily be rectified and make so many users happy.
What are your thoughts? Are there any badges you want them to introduce?
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