Little by little new technologies are integrating more and more in our sports, to the point that many do not conceive to make their training without bringing your smartphone with them. In addition, the wearables or electronic devices that are added to any part of our body, like bracelets quantifiers or smartwatches, are becoming a place among our essential.
For the past month I have been testing S Health, native health of Samsung app, and your Gear 2 smartwatch During my workouts, both outdoors and inside the gimnnasio. After this test time, today I tell you what are the pros and cons of these new technologies applied to sports.
How S Health and Gear 2?
The app S Health it comes pre-installed on the new Samsung Galaxy S5 and currently is only available in this model and in the S4 of the Galaxy range (but soon you can download Galaxy S3 models and later) and in Note 3, and suppose that in the subsequent.
On the other hand, the Samsung Gear 2 It is connected by bluetooth to the phone. Its basic function is to watch, but it contains other pre-cargadas applications (pedometer, exercise, heart rate monitor, stopwatch quantifier…) and others that we ourselves can add.
Phone and clock does not have to be connected permanently, but can sync it comfortably when we want to carry our daily data, since the smartwatch stored our data in its memory.
Within the application’s Health, we have access to different data always to our health and our daily activity. We handle some sections from our terminal, and others will need to be synchronized with the data of the Gear 2.
It quantifies your daily exercise with Gear 2
The function of Pedometer It quantifies the steps we take on a daily basis through the smartwatch Gear 2. We can set goals of how many steps should take in 24 hours (pre-loaded aims to 10,000 steps daily, about 5 km approximately). Gear 2 will let us know when we get to 50% and 100% of our goal (and give us a medallita, which have earned it).
In addition, it is capable of detect when you are walking and when we are running, so the final result tells us how many of our steps belong, for example, to a career training, and many spend in going from one side to another.
Connecting the function of exercise We can see the smartwatch How many calories you have burned According to the exercise that we have fact, which may be race, ride, hike or cycle. Same with the pedometer, we can make us targets, and even selecting which type of training we want to perform according to our goal (of distance, time, calories used, etc).
During the year, or at any time that we believe necessary, we can make use of the heart rate meter:. We can use it both via telephone (has a sensor at the back, below camera, we will support the finger and measure our heartbeat frequency) as using the clock, very comfortable because you forget about the uncomfortable chest bands. Also very accurate: I have compared with the Polar (Yes, wore two heart rate monitor posts that day: everything by science) and the measurements agreed.
The function of coach, that we can make use through our terminal, suggests different “tasks” to be carried out according to the data that I have previously introduced on the phone. For example, to me, that I sleep little and I’m somewhat stressed, but I however do enough exercise, suggests I tasks as “7-8 hours sleep at night” (have to do it every day in a week so it is deemed “complete task” – of course, I have not done so-).
In terms of exercise and active life, which is what occupies us here, some tasks that you can find are “keep your habit of exercise”, “still stretching” or “keep the strength training and bodybuilding”.
Monitor your diet and rest through the phone
The part of S Health dedicated to the food It allows us to record everything that we eat. The phone itself suggests how many calories should be your diet based on your personal data (which you have included in your profile previously), although you can set the objective that you want. The operation is very simple: you’re basically adding foods that you are taking and the app recalculates the calories automatically.
Perhaps it is one of the most interesting application parts, since they are preloaded all foods that you can imagine with all of their nutritional values, and in addition to differentiating between products of different brands (Squire, Mercadona, day…).
The weight control It is one of the most simple parts: you simply enter your weight (manually) whenever you want, and becoming you the chart’s ups and downs. Useful if we want to have a graphic reference of our progress.
The area of control of the dream It is another very interesting part that works in conjunction with the Gear 2. The idea is to start the application on the watch when we go to sleep (with the clock since, obviously) and disable it to wake us up. To synchronize data with your phone, this will tell us How long exactly have slept and how much of that time has been “dream of cash”, i.e. the percentage of time that we have been still.
The most interesting part is that you provide the the month, day and hourly graphs, where can you perfectly see the phases of sleep. Also allows you to be aware of that you need to sleep more (or less, there will be someone who sleep too).
With regard to the stress meter, like sleep control, believe that it serves more to raise awareness that as important. It works with the sensor on the back of the phone, and more or less within about 30 seconds, calculates the level of stress to which we are subjected. Fairly reliable, at least subjectively I think it is so.
Bad, good, and the best of S Health
We start with the bad, or what I think that it could be implemented in the application. Basically, quantification of strength training: society should be aware of the cardio applies not only to lead healthy and active lives, and that strength training is equal to or more necessary. In his favor I will say that there are downloadable applications to quantify it, but I would include it in the native app without a doubt.
The good news is that the application gives you graphs of all, and when I say “all” I mean everything, everything: weight, sleep, steps, ejericio… Everything you can imagine. A very interesting way of controlling all our active life parameters.
Best, no doubt, is that it is a quick and easy way to monitor us and conscious of if we are leading a healthy and active life. I put an example: I knew he slept little, but was not really aware of that were so few hours until I saw it reflected on a screen. This fact was that gave me the push to take care over my hours of sleep and get underway to improve.
What does S Health?
S Health is one interesting and very complete mobile application to record our daily activity. Surely it is much more useful to people outside the world of sports than for us, which we are already aware of our needs and our goals. But facing the general population it is very useful to take awareness if your every day should be more active.
The Samsung S5 Galaxy and Samsung Gear 2 have been granted to the test by Samsung Mobile España. You can consult our policy of relations with companies at ChronologicalWatches.
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