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How the Apple Watch is pushing me to better health

True confession: I've never jogged or run in my life. Well, at least not since physical education was a required class in my high school. I've spent the bulk of my 45 years on this planet sedentary. The Apple Watch is changing that, though. Now I'm training to run a 5K, and the Apple Watch is helping.

OK, it isn't just the Apple Watch that's helping. I turned the corner on my own health last year. I got gastric bypass surgery in November and have dropped about 100 pounds since then. I'm physically active every day, too. I try to do at least 30 minutes of cardio in the morning, and I've recently added some strength training to the mix.

Until June, I was content to make that cardio workout a brisk walk around my neighborhood. I'd get back to the house feeling accomplished. Sometimes I'd even be breathing a bit heavy or have some light sweat on my brow. Yay me!

A few days after I got my Apple Watch in June I noticed something: It wasn't tracking my outdoor walks as actual physical activity at the same rate as I was. I might log 30 minutes in an outdoor walk, but only 15 or 20 of it would actually get recorded in the green Activity band.

At first I wrote off the discrepancy to watchOS 1.x bugs, but then I began to realize something: The Apple Watch is cleverer, or at least less self-deceptive than I am: It only counts physical activity if the wearer legitimately gets his or her heart rate up. As far as the Apple Watch was concerned, I was could have just been walking around the house for much of those walks. I may have been exercising, but I wasn't exercising exercising. The Apple Watch knows the difference.

This has provoked me push myself more on these morning walks of mine. A few weeks ago I thought to myself, "Hey, maybe you could try jogging a bit instead of just walking."

I did. Just for about 30 or 45 seconds. Far enough to know that I could do it, and that I didn't start dry-heaving or spurting blood. Then I started adding a few brief jogs to my walk each morning. I'd come back from my morning circuit breathing much heavier than I was before. And the Apple Watch has rewarded me by counting that activity more.

I belong to a bariatric patients support group on Facebook, and some of the other members have participated in 5K races in the past. I've never run a road race in my life. Never imagined I would be able to.

Well, a week and a half ago I downloaded Couch to 5K (opens in new tab), an app that helps you get off your duff and into a 5K race. It's a nine-week process, so I'm hoping that I'll be ready for a 5K some time in the fall.

I'm happy to report that the Couch to 5K app sends reminders to the Apple Watch, so when I'm using it, I'll get tapped to tell me to walk, jog, and cool down. That means I can leave the phone in my pocket where it belongs.

The increased activity level is something that the Apple Watch has noticed, too, because each week the Activity app takes stock of what I've done and makes a suggestion for my daily goals. This week it recommended that I move my calorie burn goal up about 10 percent from where it was last week. The achievements are silly virtual medals, of course, but it still feels good, and I'll be darned if it isn't actually motivating me to do better.

Obviously the Apple Watch doesn't make me get up off my posterior and move. That's entirely up to me. But its gentle encouragement and its fantastic integration with the apps I'm using make it an ideal workout partner that I'm really happy to have.

  • Good luck with the running! Like you, I dropped 100 lbs within a short time frame (March 2k14 to Oct 2k14), and also got into running. It's not easy at first, but hopefully you'll find it rewarding to get out and try the 5k. The sense of accomplishment is tremendous!
  • I got my motivation from a $49 Fitbit I got about 3 years ago. I've been exercising diligently ever since with motivation from the Fitbit and app. At a fraction of the cost of the watch, the Fitbit battery lasts almost 6 months and the device is almost unbreakable.
  • My wife's broke after about a year.
  • My daughter-in-law goes through 3 Fitbits each year. They are cheap crap but at least they are replaced under warranty.
  • Yeah, Fitbit is terrific about replacing them. My wife is on her third Fitbit One and I'm on my second. My first one I lost and they still replaced it free of charge.
  • 1) You're the type at family dinners that has to play the "accomplishment oneupmanship can't just be happy for someone else" game, huh? 2) The Fitness aspect is one of several functions on the Apple Watch, and it arguably does it better than a Fitbit. Certainly, there are differences (e.g. on-board display)
  • Wow, great going Peter! While I don't have a Apple Watch (yet), I did retire my Garmin VivoFit and picked up a Fitbit Flex HR to better monitor my active minutes. Just like you, I am not someone that likes the gym or a running trail, so making sure that I am getting SOME active minutes is important. I can definitely see how active minutes affects my estimated calorie burn. However, the HR doesn't really have anyway to encourage you to keep moving, which is a bummer. I think I need to look into the Apple Watch more. It might be expensive, but I really like seeing integration such as with Couch to 5K. Just curious: What calorie counter do you use? (I have been using MyFitnessPal).
  • Me too! I love MFP. I haven't subscribed to their premium service, as the free tier does what I need it to. MFP was instrumental in my initial pre-surgery weight loss because it really helped me get a better bead on calorie intake. What's more, MFP's integration with the iPhone's step counter helps me keep track of activity automatically.
  • I have a family member who had that surgery and leading up to it lost 35lbs or more. I asked him, and I'll ask you. Isn't living for your yourself and family enough motivation to lose the weight on your own and be healthier? Why is there a resort to extremely dangerous surgery that doesn't fix the real problem? Looking for a quick fix for something that took years and years to get to? I'm confused by the rational. In that context, lauding an electronic device as the motivator (I realize you aren't exclusively applying that here but you're pretty close) accentuates the problem. It's psychological, and until people get to the real reasons for the way they take care of themselves they're fighting an uphill battle. The percentages of people that put all that weight back on and more is very high for that reason. Get the mind healthy and then work on the body.
  • Don't know if you intend it, but your tone is pretty dismissive, disrespectful, and condescending. Usually I'd advise not to say something on the Internet you wouldn't say in real life, but apparently you talk to your family members that way too. FYI most people wouldn't appreciate basically being asked, "Why are you taking the lazy way out?" Do you tell an alcoholic "just buck up"? People have different struggles and your comment shows a serious lack of nuance, understanding, and empathy. Surgery helped Peter, in concert with "an electronic device" that encouraged him and helped him shape good habits which he ultimately had to act on himself. To brush all that aside as if he entered a cheat code for life is pretty uncool.
  • No, tone wasn't intended to be like that, and if Peter took it that way it wasn't intended to be. But I don't think the questions are condescending at all. Asking someone what their motivation is for doing something that is life threatening and percentage wise been proven NOT to be the source or the solution to the problem is not disrespectful. I'm trying to understand the rationale behind it when there is no secret on how to lose weight and get fit. I won't apologize for that point of view.
  • I guess our question for you is what kind of life do you live and do you practice what you preach? Because to judge someone whom you don't know and make assumptions is no place for anyone to do. We are all built different and maybe once you realize that you might look at people and life in another way.
  • Thats fair.... I take care of myself but live life too. I run, lift weights, mma training (no intention of fighting) and bike sometimes. I also eat pizza and cheeseburgers with beer sometimes. Everything in moderation, there is no secret or one way to being fit/healthy. Altering the body is just something I can't get my head around. Last response from me on this thread. It's clear that my view of this is polarizing to some of you. This is the second or third time I've read/heard the author mentioning this surgery so I responded with questions.
  • The weight loss program I'm involved with is more than just surgery. It's a five year program that involves behavioral therapy, group therapy, and careful tracking and monitoring by nutritionists, surgeons and nurse practitioners — it's not just "cut 'em open and let them sort it out themselves." Quite frankly, I think that latter approach is irresponsible bordering on malpractice. I suffered for years with debilitating effects of extreme weight - diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, peripheral neuropathy, sleep apnea. I was taking two handfuls of pills every day and injecting myself twice a day just to keep myself going. The weight was, quite literally, killing me. I'd yoyo dieted for years without much success at keeping weight off. I needed something else to help. When I resolved to deal with the problem permanently, I sought out a Center of Excellence for weight loss surgery, consulted with them, and they explained to me — and showed me the data to support — that a long-term program like theirs offers the best chance for permanent success. So far it's turned my life around. I have far more energy, better stamina, and an improved quality of life. I no longer take diabetes meds and my blood sugar levels are within normal ranges. I continue to cut back on other meds, as well. I don't recommend weight loss surgery for everyone. I can only speak for myself. But speaking for myself, it's one of the best healthcare decisions I've ever made.
  • I'm been trying in vain to get a loved one to consider such a program. Thanks for the article.
  • If you or the family member has any questions, I'm an open book. Let me know.
  • I'm happy that what you're doing is working well.
    I was probably on the verge of similar issues myself. Severe knee damage and the Ortho telling me I could never run again is what woke me up. Using MFP and a Fitbit One were instrumental for my success so far. Having a goal has also been critical. My first goal was to prove him wrong and run. I had lost 50 pounds before my 5K and finished it, albeit slowly.
    After I reached the 5K goal I stopped working, I had achieved my goal after all right? I gained back 30 of those pounds because I stopped running and more importantly I stopped keeping track of what I ate.
    This past year I set 2 new goals. My first one was to run another 5K I achieved that in January. My current goal is to run my first half marathon. I'm well on my way to achieving that goal and I lost the 30 pounds I gained back and an additional 20. I'm the lightest I've been in probably 25 years and I'm also stronger than I ever was.
    Intermittent Fasting has been a terrific tool for me keeping my eating under control. I skip breakfast, and sometimes lunch. It's harder to eat too much if you're limiting the window you allow yourself to eat in.
    Good Luck to you all.
  • I just found the email notification in my Junk, Apple Mail at work again... I would have responded sooner. In short, I'm glad to read your approach and program that is setup for you. It sounds like you have great doctors that are giving you great advice. My comments and experiences with people that have this surgery are based on the ones that don't have programs after the surgery. While it's definitely on the person having the surgery to keep up with the program, having one in the first place is great. You'd be surprised how many people that have this surgery, walk out, and aren't really prepared or committed to a long term goal of being healthy, they just want to lose fat. Unfortunately not all doctors setup programs for their patients like you have in place. Good luck with the program.
  • Thanks. You're absolutely right — people unwilling to change their behavior and lifestyle after a surgery like this are the ones most likely to fail at keeping the weight off. We're told over and over again in this program that our weight loss surgery isn't a fix — it's just another tool in the toolchest.
  • Calories are an imperfect measure, Peter. Carbs are much more precise in zeroing in on the "calories" that actually cause fat retention. Calories-in calories-out is a powerful urban myth. Your body works on biology, not physics. There is a high correlation between calories and carbs. Sorry about your needing surgery. I was 65 pounds overweight and tried exercise for a year and it did nothing apart from damaging me. So I studied up on carbs and I sat on the couch watching TV and strictly watching my carb intake and in 18 months I lost those 65 pounds. Exercise for fitness, low-carb diet for weight loss. I'm able to exercise after dropping the weight. People have this backward.
  • I think that it does depend on the individual. As you said - biology. For me, I'm definitely carb sensitive. Sent from the iMore App
  • Peter, that's Great! It's good to see you taking an active part in improving your health. It appears that you have followed the proper steps in adopting a fitness regimen. The key is not to overdo it, as was sadly illustrated by James Fixx, whose earlier lifestyle contrasted greatly with his later years.
  • Indeed. I hear from my wife every day not to overdo it. She's good about helping me keep on track.
  • First of all, congrats to you on your goal of better health. It's something that's not easy but we all should be doing it. Next, let's tell it like it is for the Apple Watch and fitness. It plain sucks. Period. Anyone who has owned any type of Fitbit will tell you that. Instead of primarily tracking parameters like steps, stairs, total calories, and active minutes, Apple has decided to reinvent the wheel and go with the three circles of Move, Exercise, and Stand. At first it seemed innovative but at closer look, it's horrible. Let me describe further one at a time. Move. Apple gives you primary access and a goal of active calories burned. For those of us who watch our calorie intake, this is useless. We want to make sure that our calorie intake is at, or below, total calories not just active ones. Now, that should be a simple matter of adding resting calories, but not in the Apple world. For some reason, in my Activity app, resting calories can vary wildly day to day even with no weight change. When compared to most other trackers, Apple grossly overestimates resting calories and underestimates active ones. Exercise. Or should I say Apple's definition of exercise? I can play with my daughter for hours on end, chasing her around the living room and up and down stairs and maybe register a couple of minutes of Exercise. Really? Or worse yet- I run 2 miles in about 19 minutes and get credit for 19 minutes. But my wife walks the same distance and gets credit for 33 minutes of "Apple Exercise". Nonsense. Stand. Unless you work in a cubicle and don't ever get off your duff, this parameter is more useless than Caitlin Jenner's jockstrap. I have had the watch since April and NEVER missed making the 12 hours. Maybe Tim Cook sits at his desk all day and needs that motivation, but I don't. The only thing worse than Apple's Activity app is its third party integration of exercise apps (Endomondo, MapMyRun, Runtastic, etc.). Because of the delay in the communication between watch and phone, I literally have to raise my wrist and count to 3 to wait for my updated distance/time/pace. Or, I could just use the Watch Exercise app but that only gives me one stat at a time (average pace not being one of them) and I have to scroll through while running to get the others. In short, the Apple Watch is an epic fail at fitness. If it weren't for the other things it does so well (Apple Pay, notifications, Passbook), I would have gone back to Fitbit a long time ago. I plan on giving Apple until September- iOS 9 and Watch OS 2 to get their crap together and admit they can't reinvent fitness to their own liking. Overall grade for the Apple Watch as a Fitness tool: D-
  • I guess fitness means different thing for different people. The way the Apple Watch handles it might not be perfect for everybody but is that the goal Apple set for it? I compare this to TouchID. Is TouchID foolproof? By no means.
    Is TouchID better than no security at all? Is it convenient enough that it removes a hurdle to set a security ok one's iPhone? By all means. So TouchID has helped countless people to finally protect their iPhone, me included. The 3 rings of the Apple Watch have accomplished something that neither the UP! Or Fitbit had accomplished for me: motivate me. The other two where tracking my activity and I could see it in my iPhone apps, but they never got me to get down in my home gym at 11:35 pm on a Sunday because I had not done enough on that day. The Apple Watch did so that i cloud exercice a bit and close that ring. So if you are really serious about fitness, the Apple Watch may fall short, but I don't think it deserves to be called crap. For casual exercisers or "don't move at alleys" I find it darn good. Sent from the iMore App
  • Resting calories don't chance much but I get what you are saying.
    The only thing it should recognize that I'm not sure it does its: standing, sitting o laying down they consume different energy. But active calories are the most import. If your record 19 minutes jog that's how much you record lol . Your wife's takes longer because she is doing longer exercise at lower impact of course it will take more time but still if she get her Heath rate higher than regular it will be recorded . The import thing here how much calories you guys burn, you should have higher hearth rate recorder
    :) Sent from the iMore App
  • I don't make any claim that the Apple Watch is the best fitness wearable on the market. But it's the first wearable I've worn, and it's fundamentally changed my approach to exercise and fitness in the process. It's an enormously useful device besides, as well. To that end, it's a huge success for me.
  • I personally think that the Apple watch is a fantastic exercise tool, and your comments seem to imply a lack of understanding of fitness as to how it relates to health. Apple's definition of "exercise" is performing an activity that elevates your heart rate. It is not trying to say that all forms of exercise are equal. Obviously an intense run gives you more exercise than a brisk walk over the same number of minutes. BUT ... studies show that there is an huge health benefit in being moderately active for 30 minutes a day (and longer or more strenuous exercise has very little impact on mortality). The Apple watch is trying to encourage this. And that is also why the exercise number is not a goal that you can tweak. As far as the calories measure goes, I personally don't see it as a way to measure calories for weight loss, but as a way to measure the intensity of the exercise that I did during the day. If you look at the calories you burned during your 19 minute run and your wife's 33 minute walk, and you will see that you probably burned a bit more. And I wonder how you justify your statement that Apple is grossly underestimating active calories. My experience is that most devices tend to overestimate active calories (if people realize that they need to walk 3km just to burn off a single glass of milk they get discouraged). My guess is that Apple watch is probably much more accurate.
  • Couldn't disagree more. I've used Jawbone UP and Fitbit. My Apple Watch blows them away. Yes, you can cheat and earn calories that you might not think qualify. But pair the watch with an app like Lose It and you'll easily meet you calorie burn goals. As with any tracker, the user has to make their own decisions as to how they want to get fit. I know I may earn fitness credit that's a bit cheesy, so I simply set my calories goal higher and also shoot to close my exercise loop twice. No tool is for everyone but I sure do love it!!
  • | average pace not being one of them...
    Yes it does. You might want to refer to the instruction manual to learn how to use it. Open the exercise app, choose Outdoor Run. You can tap on the complication in the upper right corner to change what data it displays and you can swipe between complications on the bottom. This allows you to customize two of the three complications. AND one of the complications is "Pace"
  • That's current pace over the last few seconds, not your average pace for the current mile. You might want to refer to the instruction manual.
  • I quite like this comment. The Watch's fitness features do tend to be aimed toward folks who don't currently take care of themselves. Like the feature where it suggests an increase to your weekly/daily burned calories.. Is there actually a benefit to this increase in and of itself? It seems quite dangerous for a slim guy like me to be recommended greater calorie burn when it may be difficult for me to eat enough to maintain a healthy weight. This seems entirely aimed at people who are overweight. I also agree with pilotnh about Stand. In the 15-16 hours I'm out of bed, I can't imagine I'm not standing for a minute within 12 of them when taking into account any brief walks and cooking and fetching a drink or some other food from the cupboard. I disagree with pilotnh about Exercise though. 30 minutes of increased heart rate - no matter the intensity - is more about spending more lifetime being active than fitting more into shorter times. It's less about your fitness level (eg. running a 5K in 25mins VS taking 35mins) and more about spending more time moving.
  • By 'fitness features' I really mean Activity features, not the Workout stuff.
  • Actually you do agree with me about Exercise. The 30 minutes would be valid if it truly registered it for "increased heart rate - no matter the intensity -" but it doesn't. I could climb 3 or 4 flights of stairs and get 0 minutes. I chase my daughter around the house for 15 minutes and register 0. Apple either needs to redefine Exercise or allow users to change the circles they monitor. My preference would be Total Calories, Steps, Active Minutes. Oh, wait. That's a Fitbit- LOL. If only they would develop a third party app for the Apple Watch to make it just like their product.
  • I used the Couch to 5K app too and I could never run more than about a minute before and now I've run up to 25 minutes. Those programs work. I would recommend an app one of your colleagues recommended- 5k Runner from Fitness22. The watch app is terrific - it shows you how many minutes you've done in each segment and it's easy to see. I like Couch to 5 k but the watch app was awful. Good for you to start - keep going!!
  • Thanks! Yeah, Ally got me hooked on Myfitnesspal as a calorie and exercise tracker, too.
  • Congratulations on your accomplishments! I also find Apple Watch to be a great fitness motivator. I have always worn a wristwatch; I have several nice ones. I would have never started wearing a device to monitor my health and fitness if the only choices were ugly rubber things like Fitbit and Garmin. But Apple Watch (I have the 38mm SS with Milanese Loop) looks and feels like a "real" watch, and I'm happy to wear it every day.
  • Hey Peter, congrats on the progress! As a guy a tad older than you who has always exercised regularly, a word of caution about running: knee problems. Especially if you haven't exercised much in your life, starting to run can be risky. This is especially true if you run with a heal strike (most people do) and use modern, heavily cushioned running shoes. I recommend you look up the barefoot running/minimalist shoe movement and how they've shown us the proper way to run. I had to quit running due to knee problems a little over 10 years ago in my early 40s due to knee pain. About 4 years ago, I learned about minimalist shoes and proper running form. I then returned to running via interval training (walk/run intervals) to add to the strength training I've always done. Can't imagine returning to regular shoes for exercise as well as everyday use. (Might even go barefoot someday!)
  • Thanks for the advice. I have a couple of friends who use those minimalist shoes. I need to be very careful with footwear because of problems associated with diabetic neuropathy (the surgery took care of the diabetes but not the neuropathy, which is unfortunately irreversible). So right now I'm depending on my podiatrist to offer me good advice for footwear. I'm taking it very easy with this so far: Couch to 5K emphasizes interval training (at my current level, two minutes of walking followed by a minute and a half of jogging) with warmups and cooldowns, as well as skipping days to let the body rest and recover. On the "off" days I usually do low-impact stuff like biking or elliptical.
  • Sounds good, but be aware that podiatrists are generally conservative and toe the company line; many dismiss the minimalist/barefoot movement out of hand (or, ah....foot). On the other.....hand (Whew! that was a close one!), some more enlightened physicians helped kickstart the change (ah! there I go again!). Caveat emptor etc. Good luck!
  • If something works for you, go with it! It's certainly very important to take it easy in the beginning, your skeleton and joints takes a lot longer (2-3x according to research I've seen) to adapt to higher demand than your muscles. This is deceiving for a lot of people who end up injuring themselves. I was never obese (just borderline overweight) and didn't move much ten years ago. During the last few years I've gotten more and more into triathlon and live a completely different life compared to back then. If someone asked me back then that I'd do things like Ironman races these days I'd never believe it, but it certainly proves that anyone can do anything! While my Apple Watch can't do everything I need in a sports watch it's replaced my Garmin as a day-to-day watch. I travel a lot and most of the training I do when traveling is running, something the Apple Watch does well enough so I can leave the Garmin and heart rate strap at home.
    I also think the Apple Watch is a good enough training tool for the type of training that 95% of people do, (but I'd love for it to have better waterproofing than IPX7 so I'd feel safe taking it into the pool, it's supposedly really good at tracking lap swims with the right app).
  • Personally I liked it better when the Watch was more generous with the Exercise minutes. I'd often get an unexpected head start of 5-10 minutes and it was motivating to think, "It's not so insurmountable for today, maybe I'll do another 20 to close the loop!" Now I just see a big fat zero unless i make a conscious effort, and it makes it easier to just ignore. I realize other people's psychological motivators might be different though! How do you guys feel?
  • I really like getting pushed, to be frank. To that end. I'm happy the Apple Watch is conservative when it comes to counting activity minutes. What's more, I don't feel like the Watch is encouraging me to push myself beyond the limit of my endurance — just to gently nudge the envelope a bit every day.
  • Good to see you're feeling healthier, Peter. I'm hoping the Apple Watch will help me be a little more active too. Sent from the iMore App
  • I also have been enjoying my Apple Watch for my fitness routine. The fitness aspects are by far my favorite part of my watch. I also noticed the heart rate impact on measuring exercise minutes. When I go for an hour walk, I will usually get about 45 minutes of "exercise" from it. When my 8 year old daughter comes on the walks with me, I usually only get about 10 minutes of exercise. We don't actually walk that much slower, but it is the difference between pushing myself and a leisurely walk. For me personally, when I am tracking something, I am MUCH less likely to cheat. I try to run 3 days a week, but when I get really busy I often skip my runs, and sometimes I realize it has been a couple of weeks since my last run. Having everything tracked triggers something inside me that makes try much harder to not miss a run. The other thing that I find the Apple Watch really helps me with is that I am always trying to break a record. Every day I try to do slightly better, and those small increments really add up over time. I used to take my dog for a 2-3km walk each morning. After my Apple Watch started tracking my walks, I kept trying to find ways to make my walks a little bit longer. Over the past almost 3 months of using my watch, my pre-breakfast walks are now up to about 11km. As the watch keeps encouraging me to increase my "move" goal each week, I also find myself doing significantly more exercise each week (walking, running, cycling).
  • I love the Apple Watch Activity app. Though I did think it was buggy in version 1 too (I'm on dev beta 4 now). I sweat a good portion of the day at work being as it's hot and humid outside and I work inside a concrete building with "AC," and version 1 was telling me I had maybe 5 minutes of exercise. The betas of version 2 tell a completely different story though, I'm usually at around 50-90 minutes of exercise now by the end of an 8 hour shift. Calories are usually around 600-800, and my stand goal is at least 8 hours too. Unfortunately for me, 1,000 active calories, 12 hours of standing, and 90 minutes of exercise is not enough for me to lose weight. Granted there are some things I need to change, but those goals are what my body is currently used to. It's why I'm great at maintaining weight, trying to change weight is a different beast. Glad to hear it's working well for you Peter, it's helping me too and I plan to really make it help me more. Sent from the iMore App
  • Exercise can't fix a bad diet. I would start by re-evaluating everything you eat and drink on a daily basis.
  • Here Here!
    Exercise and Diet go hand in hand.
  • Way to go and I am looking forward to our annual walk/run here at work in the fall been a while since I ran in any sort of race. Keep up the good work
  • Thanks for this article. I've been wondering how I can better use the Activities feature on the watch. I do daily walks also, but I've been thinking about how I need to step up my activity, especially now that I'm turning 58. I want to maintain my good health, and improving my heart rate by running is part of that goal. I'm going make jogging a part of my walking routine, and in the Winter months I'm planning to return to the gym.
  • Congratulations ! Keep up the good work. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Now, I want my Apple watch!
  • Congratulations Peter! I've had the Apple Watch for a week now.
    Yesterday I was at dinner with some friends, when I came home I was tired and the sofa looked very tempting. But instead I took a quick walk instead to fill the circles.
  • How'd you feel afterwards?
  • I was looking at getting an apple watch to replace my Fitbit surge. I usually use when I go walking, sometimes upto 4 hours and like the way I can see my route afterwards I am concerned that I won't be able to do this with the battery life if I use Strava when I go out. Will it last long enough? Sent from the iMore App
  • Congrats Peter and keep up the good work! I was a varsity runner in high school but that was many moons ago and I have been leading a pretty sedentary lifestyle for over 10 years now only running when I could guilt myself into it enough. I was hemming and hawing between a Garmin GPS running watch and the Apple Watch and while I really wish the Apple Watch had GPS on board (maybe next version) there is definitely value with having my daily activity data and running data all in one place and integrated with the Health app and other 3rd party fitness and health apps. Here's to a healthy 2015 and beyond!
  • Good to hear that, Peter. All the very best for 5K. I ran half marathon last year in November and will run again this year and it's a great feeling! Good luck!! Sent from the iMore App