Can i use a fitness watch to track my workouts and progress?

As technology advances, the market for fitness watches is constantly changing, allowing you to not only track your progress during your workouts, but also record all the health statistics you can imagine. As a cyclist with an Apple Watch (currently an), I've noticed that the watch actually avoids taking heart rate readings during outings. The Activity app on Apple Watch keeps track of your movements throughout the day and encourages you to achieve your fitness goals. It has several Apple Watch complications related to recovery, effort, energy and blood oxygen (if you have an Apple Watch Series 6 or later).

If you're new to the world of fitness devices, you should know that there's a difference between a smartwatch and a fitness tracker. If you're trying to achieve your fitness goals and can't find a way to measure your progress, a fitness tracker can help. Regardless of the type of exercise they do, fitness professionals agree that the Apple Watch keeps their training progress up to date. Fitness trackers can be a great source of motivation and help you achieve your long-term fitness goals.

As I said at the beginning, a fitness tracker can only provide informed guesses that can help inform the process of achieving your fitness goals. With Apple Health, the company has created a flexible platform that allows third-party developers to read and analyze Apple Watch data however they want, which may be more useful for your fitness goals. By default, your Apple Watch and iPhone apps don't communicate beyond the watch and send your workout data to the iPhone app when you're finished. As Katelyn DiGiorgio, vice president of training and technique at Pure Barre, says: “The activity rings on the Apple Watch have kept me more active than other fitness trackers I've used.

The funny thing is that I focused so much on the rings that I wasn't wearing my beautiful watches as much as I wanted and ended up buying an Apple Watch sweat strap to put on my ankle when not on my wrist.

Amie Atanacio
Amie Atanacio

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