I have been a fitness tracker fan for years. I remember getting one when I worked for the Zombie Run because we were outside, doing grueling physical labor for up to 12 hours a day and I wanted to KNOW how much I was moving. I’ve had multiple versions of FitBit’s and Garmin trackers, but wasn’t on the Apple Watch train until a few months ago.
I was growing increasingly frustrated with my Garmin tracker and was only wearing it in the summer because it sat up so high off of my wrist that I couldn’t get my jacket on in the winter or wear sweaters with tight sleeves. Why own something that is NOT CHEAP that you can only wear for two seasons out of the year?
I started researching Apple Watches and then promptly stopped when I saw how much they cost. So I did what I usually do when debating a large purchase, I decided to see if I still felt as strongly about it in a few months.
By now you know that I have an Apple Watch and I LOVE it. I still was itching to get my hands on one in November so my amazing husband gifted me a Series 3 for Christmas. He’s the best!
Over the last three I’ve used it every single day. Here is what I’ve learned from my Apple Watch:
I don’t move around enough each day
The number one reason I wanted the Apple Watch was for the activity tracker. I know this sounds insane because super fitness oriented people do not recommend the Apple Watch as the BEST fitness tracker, but I liked that it was a part of everything else. My fitness trackers did not allow me to also do the many other things I can do now so it was a win for me to combine everything into one tech device.
From the fitness tracker I’ve learned that I do not move around enough right now. I’m sure that will change once it’s warm outside consistently, but for now I’m sitting too much at work and at home. Since coming back to work after the shutdown I’ve attempted daily walks in the zoo and so far they’ve been pretty successful.
I’ve also learned how hard it is to burn 500 calories. After a 45 minute workout AND a walk around the zoo I had only burned 425 so instead of killing myself to reach an almost unattainable goal for me (at least right now), I moved my goal down to 400 and I’ve closed my ring a couple of times. It’s still not easy and I have to consciously move my body, but my goal is more attainable which makes me try harder to reach it.
I use a timer more than I realized
Where has the timer feature been all of my life? I use the one on my phone but it’s SO NICE to be able to just reach down to my wrist and click twice and move on with whatever I’m doing. I’ve used it for cooking dinner, going for a walk, brushing my teeth (hahaha!) and reading a book. Setting a timer helps me focus on the task at hand.
Considering time is the one thing that stresses me out greatly, it makes total sense that I use the feature that controls my stressor.
Meditation works and I should have done it sooner
The first time the Breathe App pinged on my wrist encouraging me to do a minute of meditation was when I was driving in heavy DC traffic and my heart rate was skyrocketing. While I couldn’t exactly put my mind at ease WHILE driving, I loved that the Apple Watch was aware of my heartrate and was reminding me to center myself and calm down. Since that day I’ve used the Breathe App while getting anxious over various circumstances and situations and it has worked to calm me down each time.
I used to miss a lot more calls
I try to carry my phone with me when I’m at home, but honestly, 99% of the time I’m a tornado running around doing things in the house. Laundry, emptying the dishwasher, reloading the dishwasher, switching the load, cleaning up our bedroom, all of these things happen almost simultaneously so it’s not surprising that my phone gets lost amongst the chaos more times than not.
I love that my phone vibrates when a call is coming through so I can run back to my phone or if I’m in the middle of something I can just answer from my wrist and carry on a conversation while multi-tasking. I also like that I can locate my phone from my watch since I panic almost daily that I’ve left it somewhere. Usually that somewhere is at the bottom of my bag or backpack, but it’s nice to be able to find it quickly!
I’m so so glad that my main squeeze surprised me with this purchase last Christmas. It’s been well worth the money and has easily become a part of my daily routine. If you have an iWatch, what are your most used features? I’m interested to hear! I’m also on the hunt for a good quality leopard band and a magnetic band. Amazon is letting me down big time so tell me, where do you buy your bands that are NOT Amazon?