12th May 2018
Using apps to remind us to do something and to track our progress is a great way to create and improve healthy habits.
Back in 2007 when Wired editors Gary Wolf and Kevin Kelly coined the term “Quantified Self.” Quantified Self (QS) is the term that embodies self-knowledge through self-tracking.
Tracking helps us to find the hard numbers of how we live our daily lives. The numbers come from apps and devices we carry with us. A whole new category of devices – wearables – are rapidly becoming the data-collection devices of our lives. They track how we walk, sleep, eat, and much more and Apple watch, Fitbit, Misfit, Garmin, and Samsung are all finding a place on our wrists to track behaviour.
These apps are impacting how we live, the choices we make, and the products we purchase; i.e. exercising more, eating healthier foods in smaller portions, and changing brand preferences.
Below, we have selected some of our favourite tracking apps which all work with FIT LINK.
Apple Watch’s built-in Workout app is perfect for tracking different types of outdoor and indoor activities like swimming, running, hiking and HIIT session workouts. If you prefer to workout in a gym then Apple Gymkit enabled gym equipment will work with the Watch too. Using NFC, you can tap your Apple Watch to gym equipment, and start sharing a whole bunch of information between the two devices. Apple Health is collecting all the data from the watch and as FIT LINK works with Apple Health, all those workouts are worth points in the app!
AutoSleep for Apple iPhone and Apple Watch is a great way to track your sleep. If you wear your Apple Watch to bed, AutoSleep will analyse your sleep quality. By using time asleep, restlessness, time awake and heart rate it can score the quality of your sleep and provide you with a comprehensive nightly analysis. If you do not wear your Watch to bed, AutoSleep will still capture the amount of time sleeping. Once installed and running you don’t have to start or stop the tracking like other apps we’ve tested. This just works automatically – AutoSleep! And being synced with Apple Health means FIT LINK will see your sleep duration. The app has a 4.5 star out of 6k ratings
My Water Balance for Apple iPhone and Apple Watch will send regular reminders for you to drink water. You have to manually add your fluid intake via the mobile app or the Watch app. You can preset custom entries with amounts of fluid so if you use a particular water bottle you can add that and its volume of fluid it holds. Then each time you finish the bottle, you can easily add one entry for that bottle to the app. Make sure you sync with Apple Health for FIT LINK to see your daily water consumption. You should be drinking anywhere between 2.5 to 3.7 litres of water depending on the individual. The app has a 4.5 star out of 1.2k ratings.
Getting some time out for our head is so important in today’s busy and stressful world. There are different types of apps you can use to start practising the art of meditation or at least introducing some mindfulness into your daily routine. When you first start you will benefit from ‘guided meditation’ where someone talks you through the process of helping you find a place of no thought. After you have master the art you may want to remove the guided part but still, like to monitor how long and often you practice. This is why we recommend Oak – Meditation & Breathing which has customisable sessions based on time, guided/non-guide and sounds. You can sync Oak to Apple Health so FIT LINK will see your session times. The app has a 5 star out of 5.2k ratings.
Most of the apps we recommend are free to use or at least have a free version.
Start by tracking one thing and see how through the art of tracking and getting an insight into your behaviour can help to improve your life. The more things you track the more patterns you will spot and the more improvements you can make.
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