Smart Watches & Fitness
I’ll admit I was a hold out when it came to purchasing a smart watch. There were some reasons behind this. I hated wearing a watch, I don’t usually like to have anything on my wrists. Secondly, whenever I tried wearing a watch I always broke the bands off. Last but not least, I was skeptical about biometric accuracy such heart rate, steps, sleep data and how well these devices connect to our phones and app etc. Add in the cost and you can see where I was so skeptical.
Although I was skeptical, I took the plunge and joined the masses! I didn’t want to write about it until I felt that I had given it enough usage to give my honest opinion.
There are many brand options to choose from. You don’t even have to wear a smart watch, there are some now that are a ring on your finger. This blog is not a comparative of brands, however I chose my brand based on the features I knew I needed. These included;
GPS: I exercise outside so GPS was a key factor
Heart Rate Monitor: I heart rate train so it had to have an accurate heart rate monitor
Cardio Selection: I cross train my cardio so it had to have a myriad of cardio modes.
So here I am with a watch with all the features I desired, the commitment to wear it, at the price point that I was happy with. But now what? I had to use it! Little did I know how much I was going to depend on it. Here are a few reasons for loving my smartwatch!
Step counts and daily reminders to move keep you accountable all day long. At the end of the week or month, I can see if I have met my goal or if I need to step it up a notch
Based off the collected biometric data I can adjust my daily workouts as I see fit. I can do this on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis and use variables such as resting heart rate, exercise heart rate, sleep scores, daily steps, or distance moved.
The GPS capability for taking my workouts outside is great! I don’t have to take my phone with me. I have uninterrupted workouts and the smart watch syncs to the app on my phone when I get back to my car. It will also download the information by my choosing to sync to other fitness apps such as strava. .
Most if not all of these smart watches comes with an app. That you put on your phone. The smart watch syncs to the app. This gives you a customizable dashboard for the biometrics that you would like to see in a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly format. This works well for me in adjusting the type, volume and intensity of my workouts from a day to day, week to week, month to month format, depending on certain data I’m looking at.
For example: I’ll use my resting heart rate along with my sleep score to aid in determining how hard I should workout the next day, or as to why I feel so I tired. Granted there are many factors that can come in to play but this information can assist you in understanding your body
I can actually use my smart watch as just that….a watch!
There are many more features on these watches and it allow for some individual customization. There are large communities, and social networking capabilities that you can join if you want., I very rarely ever leave home without it. We hope this helps you in making an informed decision if you are thinking of buying one!