The Complete Apple Watch Guide to Understanding The Quantified Self

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What is the Quantified Self? The term quantified self was popular in the mid 2010s as a way of describing metrics that you can track about your body and life. There are dozens of types of sensors, tools, and gadgets that can be used to contribute to the idea of a quantified self including low … Read more

Fitbit Step Accuracy & Using Apple Watch with Fitbit

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Choosing the right wellness tracker can be hard. There are a number of top devices on the market these days, and they can cost a pretty penny. At any given time FitBit themselves will be selling 4-5 different “Trackers” and that is independent of the SmartWatches that it makes.  Part of choosing the right device … Read more

Track Tennis on Apple Watch – SwingVision Tennis Stats Review

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We cover a lot of activities here, most are related to wrist worn fitness trackers. But sometimes the wrist worn device is not entirely enough. That is the case for Tennis, and pretty much any sport with technique coaching, where the addition of a camera can make a huge difference. Can Apple Watch Measure Tennis … Read more

Apple Watch Heart Rate Variability – Definition, Accuracy, and How You Improve HRV

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If you have an Apple Watch and look at your health app ever, you have probably noticed the Heart Rate Variability. Compared to resting heart rate and a current heart rate, the heart rate variability (HRV) measure is much less common of a marker about health. So what is this measurement, can you learn anything … Read more

Tracking Paddle Boarding On Apple Watch and Strava

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On a Paddle board, to “track” is to keep a straight line which often is an efficient method of moving forward. But “tracking” is a verb for this but often also means to just track a Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) workouts. This can include distance, time spent, number of strokes, calories burned, as well … Read more

Sleep Tracking Accuracy – Apple Watch Vs. Amazon Halo

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Choosing a fitness tracker can be daunting. So many of them have similar features and it is hard to tell which ones you will use. But when comparing across different methods it is important to understand the accuracy of how they measure different functions. Especially for something like sleep tracking, not all measurements are created … Read more

The Effect of High Altitude on Resting Heart Rate From An Apple Watch Wearer

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One of the easiest to monitor health trends is resting heart rate. Most popular fitness trackers will just pull this in every day. Some, like Whoop, use it to help determine if you are having an off day. Many people have said that resting heart rate alone has been a leading indicator of sickness, including … Read more

Health Mate Fitness Level – Health Mate App vs Apple Watch

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These days every type of fitness or wellness tracker has its own measurement to tell you how fit you are. Usually this is some variation of a cardio, weight, or nutrition rating bundled into one number and compared across groups. The Health Mate Fitness score is no different. It appears in the popular Health Mate … Read more