Is the Apple Watch really a rival to specialised, recognised fitness trackers such as Fitbit and Garmin?
Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed in an interview on American TV earlier this month that he’s lost 30 pounds, or 14 kilos, thanks to his Apple Watch. Of course, you’d expect the boss to pump up his own products — but he’s got a point. There are plenty of features in the second-gen Apple Watch that make it a serious competitor to fitness trackers like Fitbit and Garmin . . . and a great accessory for men trying to drop a couple of kilos themselves.
The super simple display of your fitness goals in multi-coloured “Activity Rings” allows you to track your customisable fitness goals at a glance, presenting the amount of time you spend standing, moving, and exercising in clear coloured circles. It’s also compatible with other apps like Nike+ and Strava, allowing you to aggregate your exercise, and you can share your data with other users, too — great if you exercise with a mate or in a team (and even better for your PT to snoop on you).
Unlike the first Apple Watch, the Series 2 is waterproof up to 50m — especially handy if you combine a run or cycle with a few morning laps. It’s thanks to a cutting-edge piece of engineering that water-locks the speakers with the tap of a button before you jump in the pool.
No need to lug around your phone with the watch’s built-in GPS precisely tracking your movements, before checking a map of your workout when you’re done. It’s one of a number of technical improvements in the Series 2, which features a heart-rate sensor, a dual-core processor to speed everything up, a longer battery life (five hours of exercise or 18 hours of normal activity), and a brighter screen, combating the glare when you’re exercising outdoors.
Watch what you eat
Exercise is one side of the fitness battle — diet is the other. Download the MyFitnessPal to set a calorie limit and log meals, then check the balance of the amount of calories you consumed minus the number you burned through exercise. WaterMinder is another worth grabbing, tracking your water consumption and nudging you with periodic hydration reminders. Both link up with the Health app, tracing your progress over days, weeks, and months.