The Apple Watch is going to completely change the landscape of personal health and fitness. It’s going to provide the data that people need and provide actionable changes that individuals can make to improve their health.
Some products (the Olio Watch, for example) unapologetically state that they "don't want to focus on fitness." That's fine for some people, but if I’m going to have a computer on my wrist, it’s going to be one that's able to help me with fitness. There's no question about it.
A family member of mine passed away in October of 2014, and I truly believe that this was a situation that could easily have been avoided. That loss really changed my outlook on life and made me focus on how I want to live:
What do I want to put into my body? How much do I want to be working out? How can I make sure that I don't lose precious years of my life to a disease that I could have prevented?
My mom is a dietitian, and part of her work includes teaching people about the causes and results of diabetes. A lot of people go to the classes, but they end up feeling overwhelmed by the amount information they have to absorb and by the idea that they’re going to have to change their daily habits. It's frustrating for them, and I get that.
The fact is that we can control these things . . . but it takes motivation. It takes knowledge, and it takes a mentor—a buddy who can really help you.
The beautiful thing about the Apple Watch is that it allows you to work with the data you have. Armed with that knowledge, you can inspire yourself to work harder, set goals for the future, and even create healthy reminders for yourself. It’s a lot like having a personal trainer on call 24/7.
Steph and I have begun to prioritize our health and fitness because cardiovascular disease and diabetes are things that we want to avoid. We know that we can do that by simply living a healthier life.
Last year, I weighed 184 pounds (and I'm only five-five). I've got a more muscular build, but I was still overweight. I felt fat and it just wasn't a good place for me. Over the past year, I've lost 20 pounds and seven of those pounds came off in a three-month period just this year.
I’ve accomplished this by making small but impactful changes in my day-to-day habits: eating healthier and including larger portions of fresh, organic vegetables; setting myself up for success by planning ahead; and making sure that I’m doing some regular exercise. The exercise part has been really key, and it’s a part of my routine in which I believe the Apple Watch could become instrumental. In the meantime, it’s also inspired me to imagine some great fitness app ideas!
I've always wanted to do one hundred push-ups in a row. I only did it once. It took me four minutes and forty seconds in college, and it was incredibly difficult. I really wanted to get it down to two minutes, but I didn't know if I could. Now that the Apple Watch has arrived, I think it will be possible for me to make an app that would help me—and others—reach that goal.
There are additional features already programed on the Apple Watch (such as the stand-up feature, which you can enable or disable, depending on your preferences) that can help you on your way to making small changes. For those of us who need that gentle nudge, it’s a great reminder that it's time to move around a little bit, and it can help you boost your energy throughout the day.
The ability to help individuals who need assistance goes hand in hand with offering medical professionals a chance to collect information from a huge population. This brings us to the final reason you will happily stand in line (or pre-order the Watch on April 10th) to get your hands on the latest offering from Apple.
3. Medical research opportunities