The Challenge of The Perfect Month of Activity with The Apple Watch

Today, 1 December, It marks the end of my perfect month with Apple Watch. And I can rest easy. Thirty days of November have been an interesting experiment with the clock from Apple, the way they encourage us to be more active and do more sports.

The oddest thing of all of this experiment are habits. Little by little one is going realizing does change the daily routine to accommodate the fulfilment of the objectives. That is precisely what it is about, change our sedentary lifestyle to make it more active and healthy. Does get it the Apple Watch? Let’s see it.

The enthusiasm of the first week

The first days of this experiment were not very different from when I completed my first perfect week of Apple Watch. You start with the excitement of seeing What will happen at the end of the thirty days the challenge, what medals await you (only one, by the way) and are constantly checking your performance in the three rings of power: movement, exercise and foot. Back to a big city where the lifestyle is more sedentary has been a great challenge

I must say that one of the reasons that more weight was was my ability to stay active on my return to Spain. After having been living eight months in a Canadian town in the mountains and have done more sport than in my whole life, worried about the return to Madrid. It was going to happen to about forty kilometres of bike for mountain and hiking each week, as well as other occasional exercises type kayaking, to live in a big city where it is not so easy to do that kind of sports.

That is how I found sufficient motivation to be able to commit myself to get perfect Apple Watch thirty days. It is very tempting and easy sit still one day and spoil the streak. Have an incomplete day as an excuse to abandon the experiment and throw in the towel. But this watch is very familiar with human weaknesses, and knows how to motivate you.

Motivation and change habits

Apple Watch quantifies and measures our daily activity. After completing the initial setup of our body (weight, height, sex, active lifestyle or not), we will receive notices on a regular basis. “Ponte de pie” is a notification that happens hours at ten in which have not been standing and walking at least one minute.

I.e. If an hour we have been sitting all the time or we have not accumulated the minute of standing and walking required (the latter isn’t so obvious, must move or otherwise does not count), you will notice a touch on your wrist and a characteristic sound. For example, if we have been sitting since eleven o’clock in the morning, at 11:50 Apple Watch will tell you that you have to stand and move for one minute before the end of the hour.

Apple Watch looks remind you that move to complete your daily goals

Stand is one of the three “rings” of activity that, although it seems simple, it is not at all. You should do this at least twelve times in twelve different times, you do not need to be consecutive. So if you lose yourself and start to fill it in the middle of the afternoon, it is very likely that you can not achieve the goal. In contrast to this ring, you can complete exercise and movement with only half an hour of training. If you consume your daily calories in Active goal.

It’s easy to forget that you have a “job” to do throughout the day to complete the famous rings. Therefore, Apple Watch has with a few reminders or digests of the exercise that you have done. These alerts can be configured so that you know every 4, 6 or 8 hours. Or turn them off completely.

In all this time, I have come to realize how it has changed my lifestyle. It is not a radical change. I am not going to the gym or go jogging three times a week. But I am more aware of activity that I do every day and try to reach the objectives slightly alter my routine.

Walk a little more to a distant bus or metro stop. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Get up every hour to stretch your legs. And even see “going shopping” with my girlfriend as a way of completing objectives.

Anxiety for the perfect month

Although initially did not care if some day not completed rings, as they spent the weeks you could see the “investment” that was doing to get a perfect month. It is like a game of poker, when you bet strong at the beginning that you is not obliged to follow to the end without being sure of your chances of winning. The daily goal a priority becomes in your day to day

At the end of two weeks, one worries about the daily advance. So much so that they can be situations that seem absurd views from the outside. During the Engadget awards two minutes I missed to complete thirty minutes of daily exercise. As the twelve night approached, I began to get nervous. “And if not completeness? I’ll be without the perfect month and will have to start again in December”.

On other occasions I was more foresight. For example, it is a frequent complaint of users of the Watch Apple that you advise to put you foot when you are in the cinema. But if it’s a day during the week and you’ve got, chances are that you’ve already completed that ring to eight in the evening.

Improvements in the measurement of the activity

Apple Watch acquired many new features with the update to watchOS 2. In the part of activity, we just saw how could tell Siri to begin training. Although the quantification is one of the pillars on which Apple Watch, you are still points of improvement.

These are some of the features that I would like Apple to include in future versions of watchOS:

  • Swimming and fitness programs. We know very well that Apple Watch is resistant to water, at least for swimming on surface.
  • A social component that serves to compete with your friends and encourage you.
  • Versions of training and activity in iCloud.com.
  • Beginning and end of activities automatically.
  • More intelligent management of notifications when we are driving or using Apple Maps.

In terms of hardware, the most demanded request is the GPS to do sport without the iPhone and the official water resistance. More thin and more battery are also in the list.

Apple Watch is not like the new Apple TV, which is going for its fourth generation. It’s a new category for Apple that is still exploring. No doubt, We will see how it evolves with the following generations, but in its current version is an attractive product in itself.

After having done this experiment, having seen what has been in my daily life and for its other qualities It has become indispensable for me. Now, get the Apple Watch every morning is one of the first things I do nothing but raise me.

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