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How to get the most out of your fitness watch

2019-10-23 07:28
Your fitness watch can be the ultimate workout buddy. Here's why.

A New year's resolutions and too much overindulgence over the festive season and you’re hitting the gym hard and promising yourself you’ll be running the Two Oceans this year. You give your workouts 100% for a few months you see some results and think you’ve got room to ease up on the training and you can let go a bit of the health resolutions. Before you know it, you’re back to square one and you can’t remember when last you put on your running shoes.  

But what happens to your body when you stop exercising?  

At the two-week point of no exercise, your physical performance declines by 25%, your maximum oxygen uptake reduces by 1% per day and you become more prone to anxiety and sleeplessness, says exercise physiologist and trainer Scott Weiss. By the time you haven’t exercised for two to eight months, you might not have exercised at all, Weiss previously told Men’s Journal.   

To avoid this vicious cycle of fitness frenzy then inactivity, the latest fitness trackers are designed to help you stay on track consistently. Here’s how they can help you and how you can get the most out of your device:   

Wear it consistently to get 24/7 stats 

By constantly monitoring both your day’s activities and your sleep patterns, your watch can help you better manage and maintain a healthy lifestyle by providing a comprehensive overview of your routine. When purchasing a new watch, try and look for one with a strong battery life so that you don’t have to remove your watch every evening to charge. The Huawei Watch GT 2 46mm’s two-week long battery life is currently the longest on the market.


Personalise it to get the most out of work outs 

An hour of gym training feels different than an hour of rowing and a 6 km run is different than a 6 km swim. For this simple reason, it’s worth personalising your watch to your exercise routine by making use of the different workout modes that your fitness watch sports. A prime example of this is the Huawei Watch GT 2 that has up to 15 different workout modes including swimming mode that is 5ATM certified and a hiking mode that is supported by GPS functionality, a barometer and a compass.


Stay connected to make life easier 

Whether you’re driving, working out or just have your hands full, you can utilise your Huawei GT2 series fitness watch’s Bluetooth connection and call functionality for a handsfree and hassle-free life. Make sure you connect your watch to all your apps and devices to ensure an even more seamless experience. The latest fitness watches can store up to 500 songs which you can connect with your wireless headphones so that you don’t even need a third device to pump up the jams for a workout. It can also hold the contact details of loved-ones, friends and co-workers for convenient access and use voice commands to start a call.  

See it as your gym buddy to stay motivated 

When it comes to fitness trackers, the psychology behind them is just as important as the technology inside them, according to Wired. Through sedentary reminders, steps trackers and activity reports, a fitness device can reinforce, motivate and reward you by turning exercise into a game that’s challenges you against your own capabilities. All in all, start seeing your fitness device for what it is - the ultimate gym buddy.

This post is sponsored by Huawei produced by Brandstudio24 for Sport24.  


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