SMARTWATCH: THE BENEFITS

By Booth

While fads come and go, here at Best Doctors we believe that the smartwatch is here to stay! For the past several years it has become more and more common to see people walking around with little screens on their wrists – what is it all about?

swissFrom Fitbits to Apple watches, smartwatches are available in all shapes, sizes, colours and price ranges.

This hands-free experience is meant to blend into your lifestyle in as simple a way as possible. The unassuming act of wearing this technology can greatly affect your life in a positive way. Keeping track of your day-to-day behaviour has never been easier. Most smartwatch users don’t even remember they are wearing their monitor throughout most of the day. Therefore, the watch can help users obtain critical information about their lifestyle in order to make better choices and changes – without becoming obsessed.

Resting Heart Rate

One of the greatest advantages of wearing a smartwatch is being able to keep track of your resting heart rate. How your ticker behaves throughout the day can tell you a lot about your health. Your smartwatch will need to have a built-in heart monitor feature to measure your RHR. While the monitor will up the price of your watch – it is well worth it.

The average adult should aim to have a resting heart rate of between 80 to 100 beats per minute. If you are an avid sport enthusiast your RHR could be as low as 60 beats per minute. A lack of physical exercise will cause your RHR to be higher forcing your heart to work harder than necessary.

Your sport watch will use your RHR statistics and contrast them to your maximum heart rate in order to determine your recommended fitness training heart rate zones thus making your workouts more effective. Measuring your RHR will also give you a more accurate daily calorie burn count.

Nutrition

Although smartwatch technology has not been developed to the point of it being to automatically recognise the food we are ingesting – the immediate solution provided by smartwatch mobile apps is very impactful. In order to calculate calorie burning rates effectively, one must also take careful (and honest!) note of their calorie intake manually.

App developers have gone as far as to help users log their food by providing easy barcode readers, calorie information by brand, and geographic location. In addition, brands like Fitbit’s apps detect individual log history to help pick-up on user patterns and make their food entry easier.

Depending on your nutritional goals, identifying a daily calorie deficit goal and adding this information to your smartwatch profile will help create effective alerts, warnings and ultimately help you stay on-track.

Exercise

Most people assume that a smartwatch merely measures the amount of steps you take during the day. However, the best smartwatches will also measure your physical activity depending on the type of exercise you are carrying out. It is not the same to run for 30 minutes than to lift weights or do the elliptical for half-an-hour. Keep a more accurate track of how many calories you burn, your exercise intensity and your progress throughout the year.