CrossFit trainer Abeer AlKhaja explains the importance of Apple Watch to her routine

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What you need to know

  • Abeer AlKhaja is an Emirati personal trainer and CrossFit coach.
  • She's been speaking about her routine with Cosmopolitan.
  • Apple Watch is "more than a smart watch."

Emirati personal trainer and CrossFit coach Abeer AlKhaja is "the sporty Arab woman that we should all be learning from" according to Cosmopolitan and it might have a point. AlKhaja says she "fell in love with fitness" and uses an Apple Watch extensively during her workouts but, also, during everyday life.

Speaking with Cosmo the trailer said that she uses Apple Watch to track goals, but also uses the handwashing reminders that were added with watchOS 7.

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The Apple Watch is more than a smart watch for me. It helps me keep track of my goals. It is unique in a way that it sends notifications or reminders to stand up, breathe, even wash my hands! Whether it's strength training, mobility, cycling, or running, the Apple Watch tracks them all.

Continuing, the conversation turned to the features that get the most use and, predictably, the Acvitvity app – now Fitness – was top of the list.

Activity App: Apple Watch shows my daily movement through the Move, Exercise, and Stand rings that make up my 'Activity'. I track my progress throughout the day with the aim of closing all my rings.Workout App: I use this to measure my favorite workouts from running to strength to HIIT.Music App: The Apple Watch allows me to stream my favorite music even without my iPhone near by - which is quite useful at the gym.

Beyond that it seems Apple Pay gets plenty of use as well, with AlKhaja saying that it's "simple and effective." I wouldn't argue with that assessment.

You can read the full interview on the Cosmopolitan site and it's definitely with your time. not least the discussion about whether exercise can help our mental state. Something that 2020 isn't helping one bit.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.