The watch is with me when I run, work, walk, eat, sleep. So how do they perform? Fantastic! Absolutely fantastic. I am extremely pleased with how it performs no matter the situation. I am completely blown away by how much biometric data it records on the watch and to my iPhone. It records a multitude of readings from the number of steps I took daily, to my heart rate, be it working, sedentary or resting, calories burn, and the amount of sleep I am getting every night. It does all that by sipping power from the battery. I can go an entire day from 7am to 10pm draining just 15% of battery life from the watch. Battery life is just amazing.
With all these data and appropriate apps to help me visualise those data, be it heart rate, exercise or sleep, I am now greatly more aware of my daily activities and the potential impact it might have on my overall health. For now, after wearing the watch and scrutinising my daily activities of the day for an entire week, the good news is that I am pretty active on a daily basis. I have little to no difficulty meeting the minimum amount of exercise and time standing instead of sitting that is required each day. I fill up the rings pretty much almost to full for the amount of energy spent being active. It seems that commuting to work by walking to the train stations and to my offices constitutes exercise. I have always been tracking the number of steps taken using just the iPhone and it has been pretty easy to hit the 10 000 steps needed daily. With the Apple Watch, it is more accurate than ever before since it is on my wrist and with me all the time. In certain situations, especially at work, I would leave my phone on my office desk and it is those moments where my steps are not recorded.
Heart rate is another exciting feature and the primary motivation for getting the Apple Watch. So long as I wear the watch, it records my heart rate on an almost constant basis. Every few minutes, no matter the situation, it would record my heart rate. The data can then be used to visualize and determine your resting heart rate, sedentary heart rate, workout heart rate and even sleeping heart rate. It is pretty interesting to see the changes in your heart rate depending on what you are doing at what time of the day and to determine if you are over-exerting yourself doing a workout.
I think with all the talk and excitement about getting the Apple Watch, I am just primarily interested in the health and fitness aspects of the watch, rather than from a purely aesthetic or day-to-day functionality the watch might offer. Knowing more about your body, health and fitness through the Apple Watch just give you a whole new perspective on the things you do with your body on a daily basis.
Now that I have my Apple Watch, I’m officially a data junkie, obsessed with recording everything about my body. I can’t imagine that day when I have to part with my Apple Watch for an extended period of time. I think I will feel that a small part of me is missing. Not being able to see my current heart rate would be mildly uncomfortable.