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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

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Garmin stats show virtual cycling up 64% in the second half of March

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OLATHE, Kan. (BRAIN) — In the second half of March, Garmin device users recorded a 63% increase in indoor cycling, compared to the same period the year before, the company revealed Thursday.

The GPS and fitness wearable maker provided a glance at data recorded by registered Garmin users on a company blog post. The company said March 13, when the U.S. declared a state of emergency, marked "a major shift in human activity."

The most obvious shift was fewer recorded steps taken.

"With state and local governments issuing shelter-in-place orders, it's no surprise that Garmin data points to a massive decline in the overall number of steps taken during the second two weeks of March. This is an obvious cause-and-effect scenario and consistent with our global trend data in China, Italy and other countries where the pandemic struck first," the company said.

But digging deeper into the stats showed that resort skiing and snowboarding "suddenly disappeared" from Garmin data in the second half of March. That's when ski resorts in Colorado, Utah, and elsewhere shut down.

But indoor cycling saw the increase in the second half of the month, precisely at the time when riders normally stop riding indoors and head outside.

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