The Smartwatch Affliction
The smart watch market has exploded in the past 5 to 10 years. In 2014 sales worldwide were about 5 million smartwatches. This has grown steadily to over 120 million in 2018. There are many great brands such as Fitbit, Apple, Samsung and Garmin. All make smartwatches for Android as well as smartwatches for Apple platforms. I cannot speak to which are the best brands or the best models, for that you will need to do a little research. Much of it, I think you’ll find will be personal preference. What I can say is that I got one in 2018 and find it to be a great tool that enhances many of my workouts; CrossFit, weight lifting, swimming and my favorite use of my smartwatch – running.
What Makes Smartwatches Useful?
So many useful features that are selected by touch screen. It also has an app on your smartphone to make interface even easier. I can tell it what type of workout I want to do and it goes to work. As an example, I tell it I am going to run. It can then track many helpful metrics: heart rate, pace, distance, distance to go etc. It has a GPS which will record routes and performance which will allow you to track performance and improvement over time.
My particular model has other features that are useful as well:
Music – Plays music from a popular music site without the need of my cell phone.
Sleep tracker – Tracks how long I sleep each night and if sleep time is over 3 hours, it has a metric it uses to track how long I am in REM, light or heavy sleep.
Fitness level – Based on heart rate, profile data such as gender/age and recorded exercise sessions it will give an estimated fitness level.
Caloric intake – Based on user inputs and profile, the phone will track caloric intake and estimate calories burned each day – a great tool to aid in weight control.
My Final Thoughts
For me the smart phone is an interesting tool that I can use to track my workout-related activities. Using its functions and seeing the improvements on a regular basis tend to motivate me. Anything I can do to help me stay motivated which includes wearing comfortable workout clothes and what ever else that keeps working out interesting is a positive and worth learning how to use. If you haven’t yet – I encourage you to give the smartwatch a try!