Smartwatches: more than tracking steps

| 9 May 2019

Smartwatches could be essential in tracking your heart health!

Smartwatches and fitness trackers are more than just an accessory and something that tracks your steps. With people becoming more health conscious and aware of their bodies and what’s going on inside of us, fitness trackers are a handy little tool for self care, and investment in our own health. Why? They do more than just track your steps. When you get in to the data of what a fitness tracker / smartwatch provides, it can be an essential tool in making sure that you’re on track to optimal health.

I recently read an article about the new Apple Watch series 4 and its electrocardiogram (ECG) feature. This means, once installed and connected, the smartwatch can track the frequency of your heart beat and notifies you of any irregularities.

Accessing ECG on Apple Watch series 4

You just need to press the crown for this assessment as it doesn’t do it automatically. It’s a preventative data piece that may save your life or at the very least, provides you with the awareness of your internals. If you’re interested in the article, click here.

Although the Apple Watch series 4 is the only smartwatch / fitness tracker with such capabilities, this does not mean that the other models or brands of smartwatches are not as good. You can still track your vitals, it’s just a little more effort – but if you’re a bit of a nerd like me and you like manually tracking and recording things, then this is right up your alley.

Checking heart health on other smartwatches

There are ways to access the data required to monitor your heart rate and its health. It takes a little commitment to understand your device and how the data is translated. Smartwatches like Garmin, Fossil, and Fitbit (to name just a few) have apps to help you digest the information gathered from it’s tracking and also provide manuals and instructions. The apps are designed to be user friendly and provide a lot of information at every touch.

How can you tell if your heart is healthy with Fitbit data? Rather easily. It requires looking back on your data and a little self reflection – as your diet and activity change so does your heart rate.

So what type of smartwatch should you get? It comes down to personal choice. One thing you do need to be mindful of is the operating system you have (iOS, Android etc.).

How else can smartwatches help your health?

Smartwatches have other features that are dedicated to your health. The ability for smartwatches to hook up to smart scales, prompts to get up and move each hour, sleep reminders and prompts so you can get the maximum amount of sleep, water intake tracking, and the capability for third party apps to be installed. Not only are these for your physical health, but also your mental health and well being, after all, it’s all connected and our devices help us to connect with ourselves.

Remember, healthy hearts + healthy minds = living your best life.

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