If you want to live longer, get an Apple Watch! Because apparently, a study found that those with Apple watches engage in more physical activity. Which leads to more fitness, which leads to a longer life, perhaps. Well, Apple watches also function as fitness trackers, and prompt you to drink water or run more or things like that. And so, if you do really follow what your Apple watch suggests you to do, you might become fitter and maybe, live longer.
Now, of course, this is only when you follow what your watch tells you to do. If not, then, well, forget what you read here. And yes, there are fitness trackers in other smartwatches too. But you have to agree that the latest Apple Watch is kind of the best fitness tracker in a watch. Also, the study was conducted with Apple watch wearers.
The result? Apple Watch wearers were prompted to do 4.8 extra days of physical activity per month. And that translates to 2 years of extra life if continued. According to WHO, about one-third of the adult population don’t meet their minimum weekly requirement of physical activity. It suggests that adults aged 18-64 should do 150 minutes of moderate physical exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous workout per week to stay healthy. And apparently, the watch encourages you to do more when you meet your targets.
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Of course, the study also involved incentives. Those who were involved in the study had to pay certain fees monthly. But if they achieved their monthly targets, no payments were necessary. And therefore, most got down to doing whatever physical activity that their Apple watches suggested.
In the end, there was not only an increase in overall activity levels but also an increase in intense exercise events. These results depict positive associations between benefit and physical activity. Over a year, the study suggests participants will see numerous health benefits. Improvement in blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and cardiac and respiratory fitness are some of them
Conclusion: Smartphones and wearable technology can be the key to helping people improve their health. But of course, there has to be some incentive with it to encourage people. Else, if you’re like me, you’ll just turn those health alerts off, or ignore them altogether.