I don’t know about you, but I have been wearing a smart watch for the past 6 years.
I started with the Nike Fuel Band in 2012, then I switched to the Withings Activité watch and I’m currently using the Apple Watch.
It all started with Nike Fuel Band, which was an activity tracker device measuring my steps and the energy burned. What was fun about is that you could compare yourself to your friends and community and it was so challenging to beat the goal every day. This was the first device to motivate me to move more and I became addicted to it. I kept it for about 3 years and then decided it was time for something new.
I then chose the Withings Activité Pop for several reasons.
First I loved the design of the watch it was smart and casual and so light on the wrist.
Second I wanted to track my sleep and this is the perfect device for it because you can sleep with it and don’t even feel it. It tracks the hours in bed, how much time it took for you to fall asleep, how many times you woke up and divides the total time between light and deep. This is great if you want to understand your sleep patterns.
The third benefit of this watch is that it’s connected to my scale at home and tracks down my weight every time I step on it (not a great tool during pregnancy! Haha).
I kept this watch for two years and looking for a change as usual, I switched to the Apple Watch which I’ve had for a year now and I love it! I’m not going to talk about all its features; just how it motivates me to be healthier and more active.
First I love the Stand ring which encourages you to stand and move for at least a minute every hour for 12 hours which is exactly what we need at work for example. You would be surprised to see that you don’t move as much as you think you do. And it’s the same for the exercise ring which logs your exercise minutes (per activity) and encourages you to work out for 30 minutes every day and again you would be surprised that your casual morning walk doesn’t count as exercising!
Lastly, is the move goal where you set a goal of calories to burn in a day. This is stimulating and encourages me to move as much as possible before ending my day.
The only drawback of the Apple Watch in my opinion is the sleep tracker. There are several apps that can do it but I don’t find them very accurate and the watch is relatively bulky to sleep with.
What is it that I like so much about these watches?
The common thing about the 3 watches is that they all encourage you to move more and sit less. When I see that I am far behind my goal, I take the stairs for example.
There are so many activity trackers on the market for every preference and budget. Whatever your lifestyle, I highly encourage you to choose the one that suits you best and to think of it as a daily reminder to stand up, walk a little and live a healthier lifestyle, one step at a time!