There are many things that one can do to improve one’s health. With the changing digital trends, a smart watch has revolutionized the health industry. The good thing with a smart watch is that you can have it wherever you go and still be able to track your health. You can also sync it with your phone apps for more convenience when you need to keep track of your lifestyle or health patterns. Some of the ways in which a smart watch can help in improving one’s health are:
- Track your sleep patterns
Due to the busy schedules to make a living, it is even hard to have a stable sleep cycle. Sleep is an important routine for one’s health, doctors recommend a sleep of at least 7 hours but this has not been practical for most adults. With a smart watch however it is easy to keep track of your sleep pattern and this will help you to achieve a healthy sleep cycle. If you have goals it can help you in achieving your goal. As much as bad sleep cycles are hard to break, the habits can still be changed. With a smart watch you can also determine the culprits that prevent you from having a healthy sleep cycle. There are also many apps that will not only monitor your sleep cycle but also help you by giving you suggestions on ways of improving your cycle.
- Monitor the calories you take
With a smart watch, there are many apps that can help you in tracking the calories you take in order to maintain a healthy weight. It is such a convenient way of watching your calories. The apps not only help you to track your calories but also help in encouraging you to achieve your goals by giving you suggestion on taking fewer calories. It suggests healthier substitution of foods.
- Track your diet
Diet is not only about the calorie count but involves many aspects as well. There are apps that will help you to set and achieve your nutritional goals for a healthier you.
- Track your steps
One of the important roles of a smart watch is tracking your steps which can help you get moving. Even if it’s a simple cheap smart watch it will still have a pedometer tech. By tracking the steps you take every day you are more encouraged to take even more steps to reach you r optimal activity level. This will help you to attain you r health goals. Other than having a stand-alone pedometer, it’s better to have this device as it will serve many functions at the same time since it can be used in many other ways as well.
- Record and perfect your exercise route
We all know that it is important to have a record of tracking the route we take in doing exercise. Other than having a stand-alone device for this function or the inconvenience of carrying around a smartphone, owning a smart watch will solve this. Good thing it will track your steps and route in an effortless way and at the same time give you suggestions on alternative routes that can be used.
- Monitor your heart rate
This wearable device will help in monitoring the heart rate which will help you to know the state of health of your heart. You therefore don’t need a doctor’s visit to determine the heart rate. With the device you can know if your pulse is not normal and visit the doctor to prevent further complication.
- Monitor your blood pressure
With the era of even young people suffering blood pressure problems, it is worth grabbing a smart watch to help in monitoring the blood pressure. It saves you the trips to the hospital to check the blood pressure. You only have to know the normal range to know if your blood pressure is normal and the app has that option too.
- Manage stress levels
With a smart watch, there are many apps that can help you to manage stress levels. Also by knowing your heart rate and blood pressure you can predict the stress level. It can also help you to track the sources of your stress and how to deal with it. Good thing with the apps which is a bonus is that it gives you suggestions on stress management to help you manage stress better. The smart watch will also help you exercise which helps to keep stress levels at low levels. The convenience of the smart watch also eliminates the stress that comes with having to carry a standalone device or smart phone when you need to work out.
- A cheaper mini personal trainer option
Due to the high demand in training, personal trainers have become increasingly expensive making it not affordable for some people to get one. It is due to this reason that personal training apps have grown in popularity. They help you in setting your workout schedule to achieve your workout goals. They will give you suggestion on better ways of doing things in order to achieve your goals in an easier manner. They will also give you encouragements and feedback during working to encourage you to keep moving.
Other than having a separate work out timer, a smart watch can do that role very well while being on the hand thus you don’t have to undergo the inconvenience of checking with an external timer to make sure that you work out in the right time.
- Workout reminder
With busy life schedules, it is hard to sometimes to remember the workout timings thus some people may need reminders to remind them to workout in order to meet fitness goals.
- Listen to your favorite tracks while working out
There are studies that have suggested that listening to your favorite jams while working out actually provides motivation to work out and keep fit.
Factors to consider in choosing a smart watch
Now that we all know the many health benefits that are associated with smart watches, it is worth looking into considering purchasing one especially if you are a health junkie. To purchase one however, there are factors that need to be considered to make sure that you end up with a watch that will best suit your needs. Some of the factors that you should consider before choosing a smart watch include:
Phone compatibility: You should get a watch that is compatible with your phone system. There are some watches that are only compatible with android, some compatible with only iOS while some are compatible with both. It is therefore important to put this factor into consideration. The right phone will make sure that the apps on your phone and the smart watch are able to sync well if need be.
Features: The features of a smart watch are what determine whether the phone will best meet your needs. Some have more features than others, while they all have different features. As much as all phones will accurately determine the time, the software used on the watch is an important consideration to take in choosing a smart watch. Some of the common features of a smart watch includes: GPS, pedometer, camera, music player, and fitness tracker among many others. There are some smart watches in which you can integrate computer applications and geo-chronological systems for more convenience and efficiency.
Battery life: There are smart watches that have better battery life than others. The inbuilt battery is very important and it should be in such a way that it meets your needs well. Even though many watched have amoled and LCD display that limit its battery life to a maximum of two days, there are still watches that can even last longer.
Functions of the watch: There are some smart watches that are more basic than others. For example if you intend to use it for fitness it should have a fitness tracker and an inbuilt heart rate sensor. Also for health purposes, there are watches that will give information on blood oxygen levels and the UV light expose among much other complex information. Meanwhile there are some smart watches that are independently for calls and data.
Ease of use: We all want something that is easy to use, no one want something that is complicated to use. This is therefore an important factor to consider in choosing a smart watch to make sure that it can best meet your needs.
Design: A smart watch is not only about its functionality but the design used is very important too. The design involves the material used which is more dependent on personal taste. Everyone would want a watch that is stylish and blends with personal style.
Durability: We all want something that can last for long. There is no point of buying a smart watch that is very fragile especially if you use if for sports purposes. It should therefore be made with the right material and at the same time be dust and water proof.
Price: The price of a smart watch is a very crucial factor to consider in choosing a smart watch. Most of the time the price normally goes to the type of straps used as some materials are more expensive than others. That being said you can still get a watch with great features on a budget. A good smart watch does not have to be necessarily expensive though many people have the misconception that expensive translates to better.
How to clean your smart watch
Once you own a smart watch, you will need to clean it up as it will still accumulate dirt. This is because you will definitely sweat at some point and with the different activities you will clog it with lint and grime. It is important to look into the materials of the smart watch to get the right supplies for cleaning it up. For most smart watches, the materials that you will use include: a microfiber cloth/unused coffee filter, diluted vinegar, water, mild soap, clean cotton sock and cotton swabs.
For the screen, you will need to use a microfiber cloth to remove any dirt and oil build up. Chemical solvents are not advisable to be used on electronic screens. If the watch is water proof, a dilute liquid soap and lukewarm water can be used. A microfiber cloth can be replaced by unused coffee filter. Dilute distilled white vinegar can also be used on a cloth to clean up the screen of the watch.
As for the band, this entirely depends on the material used. A leather band can be cleaned using a leather cleaner and conditioner. It is however advisable to try on a small patch to make sure that it does not cause discoloration. For silicon bands even though there are known for resilience, there are materials that may harm them; they can be based cleaned by using liquid soap in water. For metals they are hard to clean but soaking them in warm soapy water will help in loosening the dirt. Gold can be brightened with toothpaste and stainless steel can be brightened using white vinegar. Nooks and crannies can simply be cleaned by using cotton and alcohol to remove the dirt.
The more frequent the watch is cleaned the easier it will be to clean. AS much as the frequency of cleaning is one’s preference, it is important that you don’t stay for too long before cleaning it as it makes the process harder.
With all the information you need about smart watches, and then there is no reason why you should not get one. It is however also important to read user reviews to get a glimpse of user experience before purchasing one. In using the apps, there are many fitness apps and all have different functionalities. It is important to do a proper search to make sure that you have the right apps on your smart watch for a great user experience.