Yesterday, I was able to go for an hour long run. I really enjoyed it. It was so nice to get out and run. I ran on a river trail and it was so nice to get away from the commotion and run along the river. Because I was able to go for an hour, I earned some “Apple Awards”. One award I earned yesterday was “Move Goal 200%”
I kind of like the gamification aspect of the activity app but wish that it had a more competitive feel to it. It would be fun to compete against friends and family and earn more rewards. I am sure that apple has privacy concerns as far as comparing health data one person to another but with Jawbone, I was able to compete against my brother. I imagine with further updates to the watch and more widespread use, these updates will come. I understand that fitness is a very personal thing and that we are each only competing with ourselves but I also enjoy the drive that comes from knowing that my friend and family are also working at this. That motivation helps me on days when I don’t want to get out and run. I have set my own personal goals and am working diligently to achieve them. I think the use of awards is a nice reminder to push myself to achieve my goals. The Achievement section of the activity app on the iPhone keeps track of how many times I have received an award as well as the last date that I earned it. I wish there was more history, but I appreciate the fact that it is tracking at least that much for me and it is a click away to see.
I thought I better post my starting information to track the progress I make while using the watch:
Height: 5 Feet 9 Inches
Weight: 190.4 Pounds
Waist: 36.25 Inches
Chest: 39.5 Inches
Bicep: 13.5 Inches
Neck: 16 Inches
Thigh: 24 Inches
Calf: 15 Inches
I am excited to see how my body changes over time while using the watch. I have taken some before pictures and will post them with the after pictures. Here we go Apple.
I have been an off again on again guy when it comes to running. I haven’t really gotten into training for races. I can do ok sticking to a schedule but then life gets in the way. I had a fitbit force and a jawbone up and really liked being able to track my steps with those devices but they had limitations to what they could really do. Since I heard the about the watch, I have had high hopes that it would be the last push to get me to finally commit to a fitness lifestyle. Apple’s campaign with the health and fitness functionality with the watch has been: “Live A Better Day.” My plan, starting today, is to do exactly that. I am challenging myself to commit to use the watch for 90 days and “live a better day.” I will make sure and fill in all 3 circles each day before I go to bed. I will allow the watch to push me and as it ups the fitness goal, I will meet it. I am only committing for 90 days of this but I know if can stick. Simple habits take 21 days to form. I think 90 days will really get me in the groove and will be a longer stretch than ever before. I have cleaned up my diet a few months back and have been sticking to it pretty well. I am ready to take the next step into living a healthy and active lifestyle. I will document the whole process and see if Apple lives up to its claim of helping me “live a better day.” Time to put on my gym shoes…