How I live healthier thanks to the Apple Watch
Measure heart rate
The built-in heart rate monitor on Apple Watch continuously keeps track of what my heart rate is. I don't have to check my heartbeat for abnormalities myself. It is possible from Apple Watch Series 1 to set heart rate alerts. For example, I receive notifications when the heart rate is too high or too low. Of course at a time when I am not actively sporting. Because Apple Watch signals this and warns me, I can take immediate action and possibly consult a doctor.
Set motion targets
I think it is important to exercise enough every day. The movement targets on Apple Watch help me with this. There are 3 rings that I fill every day. The red ring stands for move. This shows how many calories I burned. I set my own goal. The green ring stands for training. This shows how many minutes I exercise intensively. The blue ring stands for stand. I close this ring by getting up 1 time in 12 hours and walking for at least 1 minute.
Do you have an Apple Watch Series 4? This model has a very handy and safe function, namely fall detection. Thanks to the new accelerometer and gyroscope, Apple Watch detects when I fall. When that happens, I receive a notification on Apple Watch. I reject this warning when nothing is wrong. If I do not respond after 60 seconds, the emergency call is automatically forwarded and Apple Watch sends a message with my location to all my emergency contacts.
A handy app that is standard on every Apple Watch is the Breathing app. With the Breathing app I relax by doing breathing exercises. I do this on average once a day, but sometimes also extra when I am stressed out, for example. They are sessions of 1 to 5 minutes. Apple Watch shows me visualizations that help me breathe in at a slow pace. Pats on my wrist indicate when I have to breathe in and out.
SOS emergency situation
With SOS emergency I ask for help in emergency situations, directly from my wrist. Am I in such a nasty situation? By keeping the side button pressed for a long time, a slider appears with which I immediately reach 112. That also works abroad. Not only do I call 112, but I also notify pre-set SOS contacts about my situation. Fortunately, I have not yet used this function myself. Just tap!
There are various apps to measure my sleep with Apple Watch. I can download these apps. I use such an app if I am curious about my sleep rhythm or when I want to improve my sleep. During my night's rest, I keep Apple Watch on my wrist when I want to measure the quality of my sleep. To save battery power, I switch to airplane mode. When I wake up, Apple Watch shows me all the details. For example, I see when I was in light or deep sleep.