Back last year, we covered how to choose the right fitness tracker which is very similar to a smartwatch that is now offered by Samsung and Apple. I use an Apple Watch myself and love the fact that it pushes you to be more active throughout the day. If you live an active lifestyle and love to workout, I highly suggest that you get a smartwatch. Some service providers like T-Mobile and Verizon allow you to add a celular plan so that you’re able to just use your watch without having to take your cellphone with you. This is a great option for cross country runners or cyclists who do not want the burden of carrying a phone with them all of the time. So let us take a look at some great benefits of using a smartwatch and you can decide if it is worth getting one!
Makes You Move More
When you have a smartwatch, you are able to set goals for yourself every day. These goals include your daily calorie burn, how many stand hours you have, and your exercise minutes. You can set them based on your activity levels, goals, and other factors. Smartwatches offer push notifications in order for you to achieve your standing hours. Even if it’s within the last ten minutes of the hour, the watch will push you to get up and walk around for at least a minute. This is also a great feature if you work in front of a computer all day or live a sedentary lifestyle. The monthly challenges that both parties provide are also beneficial to get you moving if you like to collect badges and awards. Each month is specifically based on your activity level to push you further each month.
Tracks Your Heart Rate
Whether you suffer from a medical condition/are concerned about your heart rate or you’re trying to push your cardiovascular endurance—smart watches are fairly accurate. The Heart Rhythm Society reported about studying a group of people who experience paroxysmal palpitations: “The baseline heart rate ranged from 50 beats per minute (bpm) to 101 bpm. The accuracy of the wearables at detecting baseline heart rate within five bpm was 100 percent, 100 percent and 94 percent for Apple, Samsung and Fitbit, respectively. Heart rate during PSVT ranged from 108 bpm to 228 bpm. The accuracy within 10 bpm was 100 percent, 100 percent and 88 percent for Apple, Samsung and Fitbit, respectively.” This is extremely beneficial for those who experience health conditions that would want to monitor their heart rate without a huge fuss.
Emergencies and Hands Free
I wear my Apple Watch 95% of the week because of the fact that I never carry my phone around with me due to having a toddler and I’m too busy chasing her around. With that being said, I am able to make phone calls, send texts, read emails, and find my phone whenever I lose it. You can even enable fall detection for those who have a fall risk or live alone. Also, I mentioned this previously but if you are a runner or cyclist you do not have to have your phone on you at all times. A phone call is just a click away and you always have access to your emergency contacts when you need them the most, all from your wrist.
There are endless benefits on why you should get a smartwatch and you can access a new kind of technology. In fact, I have seen parents more likely to get a cellular plan smartwatch rather than a phone at first for their kids because of the amount of apps parents are afraid of. If you get one on your cell phone plan, you can finance one from anywhere from 5-30 dollars a month depending on what version and kind you get. I highly recommend one to help you slay your New Year’s goals!