While I wait for my pre-ordered Apple Watch Sport to arrive, I wonder just how much healthier it will make me. I think I lead a pretty healthy life already. I limit my calorie intake, which is fairly easy since my diet is vegetarian, leaning toward vegan. I run every other day and on alternate days walk my dog and engage in weight training. However, with all that, I still have a long way to go.
As a writer, I spend a lot of my time sitting in front of a computer, either doing research or writing about what I have discovered in my research. Sitting in one position for lengthy periods is not healthy. It hastens the deterioration of the body that comes with aging and robs people of energy.
Apple Watch has a solution for this. The built-in Activity app tracks a person’s movement. Santa Claus may know when you are sleeping and when you are awake, but the Apple Watch knows when you are sitting. If you have been sitting for almost an hour since the last time you were up on your feet, it will give you a subtle signal that you need to get up and get your blood circulating, at least for a minute, before you settle back down in your seat again.
I foresee an interesting situation on long transcontinental airline flights after a lot of people have Apple Watches. They are all going to want to get up and walk around for a minute, an hour after boarding the plane and every hour after that. The flight attendants will have fun with this situation, particularly if the pilot has illuminated the Fasten Seat Belt signs.
At any rate, for all those times when I am not flying, my watch will remind me to keep active for at least part of every hour throughout the day. That one thing alone will make me significantly healthier and probably extend my life. If I then move on to using the Apple Watch’s Workout app, who knows how healthy I will become? That’s probably the subject of another blog post.