Apple’s Wearable Fitness Technology
Online retail sites and in-store shelves are packed with a steady stream of fitness accessories. It’s usually the same type of thing over and over again with a different brand name. Workout DVDs that promote the “best” workout routines for men and women, workout equipment that is probably overpriced, and sites that offer online personal trainers (a service I’ll never buy into).
Every once in a while, something comes along and blows me away. It could be a service, a product, or the integration of a new idea into something old. Large companies are constantly brainstorming to uncover the secret combination of marketing and common sense that will give them access to the inner workings of the average buyer’s brain and wallet.
Brave New World: Wearable Fitness Technology
News, blogs, and social networking sites are all raving over the upcoming release of the new Apple Watch. The new Apple Watch will allow users to access much more than just time keeping (an area that they’ve somehow revolutionized as well).
What’s more personal than your health? Apple thinks that health is about as personal as it gets. The new Apple watch, with all of its wonders, includes an extensive Health and Fitness setting. While this addition may spell doom for many fitness centers, it’s a giant leap in the realm of fitness technologies.
The Three Rings of Apple
The graphic that comes up on the face of the watch includes three rings. These three rings display an overview of the day’s activities.
The display is easy to access and provides information regarding:
• Exercise, and
• Standing time.
Recent studies have shown that users respond well to simplicity. Apple has taken advantage of these findings. As we’ll discover, these three simple rings will cover a wide range of activities!
The Movement Ring
The move ring begins empty. When you first buy the watch and begin tinkering with the settings, you’ll set up a personal Move goal for the week. The Apple watch will assist you in creating attainable goals for each day of the coming week. The move ring will fill up and close once you’ve completed your Move goal of the day. More on goals shortly.
The Exercise Ring
While the new Apple watch includes a “dedicated workout” mode which allows users to set up a personalized workout for the day or the week, the Exercise ring works in any mode. Anytime you begin movement that is on the level of a brisk walk or higher, the Exercise ring begins recording the movement. The universal recommendation is at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. For this reason, the Apple watch’s Exercise ring will fill up and close out for the day once you’ve reached 30 minutes of exercise.
The Stand Ring
The Stand ring allows the Apple watch to credit you when you’ve stood or walked around. If you sit on your rump for close to an hour, the new Apple watch will alert you and insist that you stand up and walk around. As long as you stand up for 1 minute an hour for 12 hours, the Stand ring will fill up and close, crediting you for the day.
The Apple watch will record your activity over time and will personalize itself to accommodate your level of exercise and activity. You can personalize goals for the week, and each day the Apple watch will assist and encourage you to meet the day’s goal. It keeps track of your progress and credits you throughout the week for participation. Apple has essentially created a personal trainer for your wrist.
• The Accelerometer:
o The new Apple watch includes an accelerometer that measures body movements and steps throughout the day. The accelerometer allows the watch to differentiate a walk from a jog or run. With this information, the watch give you an accurate reading on the number of calories you’ve burned throughout the day.
• The Heart Rate Sensor:
o The heart rate sensor allows the Apple watch to monitor your heart rate when you’re working out. Whenever you’re not working out, the watch utilizes the accelerometer, GPS, and Wi-Fi from your phone to determine your movements.
• GPS and Wi-Fi:
o With the use of Wi-Fi from your smart phone, and GPS from satellites high above the earth, the Apple watch delivers a level or accuracy that is second to none. This watch will revolutionize your life. It doesn’t matter if you’re walking to the mail box, or jogging down the street, the Apple watch will give you encouraging feedback and monitor your physical improvements.
Work Out Mode
The Apple watch’s workout mode will provide encouragement and accurate monitoring before, during, and after each day’s workout. The watch:
• Suggests goals and monitors user set goals throughout the day and week
• Gives accurate and helpful Progress Updates throughout the workout, and
• Provides a complete workout summary upon the conclusion of your exercise.
The Apple watch stands to provide motivation and assist wearers worldwide in getting into shape. Many of our jobs mandate that we sit or stand in the same spot for hours on end each day, week after week and month after month. Apple is providing us with a helpful wrist buddy to keep us moving all day long.