There are many fitness trackers out there, and my preferred one is the Apple Watch (though it’s not solely a fitness tracker). The Apple Watch, among other things, tracks the calories you burn during the day, your exercise minutes, and how many hours a day you spend at least a minute standing. The watch also connects to your iPhone, so if you go into the “Activity” application, you can see more in-depth stats, including how many steps and miles you walked on a particular day. For example, on the day I am writing this, I took 18,868 steps and walked 8.09 miles. I also burned approximately 1,669 calories; exercised for about 62 minutes; was active for about 5 hours and 45 minutes; and stood for at least a minute 7 out of 12 hours today. I say “approximately” because, like any fitness tracker, some of these calculations are estimates. A lot of factors go into how many calories one burns during the day, and I don’t believe any fitness tracker can truly track that to a ‘t.’ Additionally, the Apple Watch doesn’t always pick up on certain activity, as I will detail below, so it is not 100% accurate.
For the most part, though, I like it, and it helps me keep track of my physical activity. It also gives me a good idea of how many calories I’ve burned while riding and how long I was doing strenuous enough activity while riding that the Apple Watch counted it as exercise. Again, you have to trigger the watch to start tracking your exercise minutes based on your bodily movements, so things that would normally count as exercise – such as walking around on your horse – don’t always register.
The Apple Watch comes in several different models: the Sport, the Watch, and the Watch Edition. The Sport ($349.00 – $399.00) is designed for those who are more active. It comes in several different colors, and its bands are more durable and designed for high physical activity. The Watch ($549.00 – $1,099, depending on the band you select) is the more “stylish,” formal version of the Apple Watch, though it is also as durable. I currently own the Watch model with a simple black leather band, and it has held up well, especially with its exposure to barn chores. One of its best features is that it is water-resistant which helps during those especially sweaty workouts or when giving horses a bath or rinse off during the hot summer months. Finally, there is the Watch Edition – the least practical for someone purchasing the Apple Watch for fitness tracking purposes. This model comes in authentic metals, such as gold or rose gold. It is priced at an affordable (Editor’s Note: Sarcasm) $10,000 – $17,000.
It was recently announced that Apple Watch will be teaming up with Hermes (Commence drooling). These watches are gorgeous, though expensive, but are great fashion pieces for those of you that can afford to spend between $1,100.00 to $1,500.00 on a watch.
Apple Watch’s fitness feature also allows you to track your activity several different ways – by calories burned, minutes exercised, or miles run/walked. Additionally, it gives you an idea of your progress throughout the day and week. I find this to be a great reminder, especially if I’ve had a particularly lethargic day or one where I haven’t moved around much due to office work. If you consistently hit your “move” goal, which is calories burned, the watch will recommend that you increase your goal. It is very in tune with your activity, and it tailors itself to what you do on a daily and weekly basis.
It also syncs up with some other fitness applications, so if you do other activities besides horseback riding, you can still utilize those apps on the watch and have them count towards your fitness goals.
Of course, the Apple Watch also has a ton of other features since it syncs with your iPhone – but I am focusing more on the fitness aspect, which is what I mainly use it for. If you’d like an overview of the other features it has, you can go here.
If you’re interested in the health and fitness logistics, you can go here.
Obviously there are other fitness trackers out there, like the FitBit, which I used to own. However, I found that the battery drained quickly and easily, and I even had to buy a new one shortly after getting my first one because it wasn’t that durable. Perhaps that has changed since I’ve used a FitBit, which was a good year ago, but that was my experience then. I personally prefer the Apple Watch over other fitness trackers, but that is also because I use it for its other features too.