The latest wearable tech has many innovative features, with a strong emphasis placed on health and fitness, and has proven to be popular amongst the general population. In fact, it’s estimated that shipments for smartwatches will reach 258 million worldwide by 2025.

Why are smartwatches equipped with an array of health and fitness features so popular? Let's explore this fascinating world of wearable tech!

The Rise of Health-focused Wearable Tech

Leading smartwatch brands have long offered users health and wellness features, ranging from heart-rate tracking to exercise suggestions and more. However, the smartwatch sector is progressing at an astounding speed, with the latest Apple Watch devices introducing oxygen tracking and electrocardiogram (ECG) measurements.

And Apple isn't the only company pushing the boundaries of the wearable tech industry. Samsung’s Galaxy Watch series is equally impressive, and Facebook is expected to debut its first smartwatch in 2022. While the specifics remain sparse, it's a sign that many of the world’s top tech companies consider wearable devices to have incredible potential.

In fact, there are rumours that upcoming smartwatches from Apple and Samsung could include blood glucose testing! Although reports remain unconfirmed, such technology could revolutionise how people with diabetes maintain their health. Along with a host of sleep tracking and workout apps available today, smartwatches are more than a fashion statement, and are instead a device with the power to change health forever.

A Guide to Achieve Your Health & Fitness Goals

But simply owning the latest Apple Watch will not help in improving your health and fitness. As such, we’ve put together a guide to help you get the most out of your wearable tech:

1. Improve Your Sleep Quality

Many smartwatch brands offer sleep tracking features, but none do so quite like Apple. Competitors focus on providing data on the various sleep stages and cycles, even though much of this information won’t help you sleep better.

This is why sleep tracking on Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch Series 5 is designed to help users understand their behaviour by providing data on their sleep trends. Users can then use this data to develop a better evening schedule by setting up alerts and goals around how much sleep you want each night, reducing distractions, getting more rest, and improving your overall sleep quality.

Setting up a Sleep Schedule

  1. In the Health app, choose to start a Sleep Goal. The app will recommend when to go to bed and wake-up to help you hit your target. This can be customised for different days of the week depending on your needs.
  2. You can also add Wind Down Shortcuts. This helps users get ready for a good night's sleep by launching everything from a relaxing playlist to a tranquil meditation app.
  3. By using Sleep Tracking on your Apple Watch, you'll be woken up in the morning with a haptic alarm. The smartwatch will also provide sleep summary notifications, and you can check the Health app to review trends and for further insight.


2. Boost Fitness Levels

Apple Watch Series 6 offers one of the most comprehensive fitness trackers on the market, with the Workout app supporting 16 different activity types. These range from running and cycling, to rowing and yoga. The activity app also showcases personal records and exercise streaks to drive motivation.

Users can also keep a close watch on their daily exercise by setting goals in the Activity app and working towards achieving them. To find out how you’re doing, the Trends feature in the Fitness app provides an extensive summary on all of your activities, with metrics such as distance covered, cardio fitness, walking pace, standing minutes, and more.

To achieve your fitness goals and get the best workouts possible with Apple Watch, the Fitness+ app is available for a monthly subscription. It features classes from world-class instructors, new weekly workouts, and smart suggestions depending on your exercise routine.

Set up a new workout

  1. Open the Workout app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap Add Workout and choose from the appropriate programmes or create your own.
  3. Select from the list of goals you want to achieve, including Calories, Distance, Time, or Open
  4. Check progress during your workout by raising your wrist and turning the digital crown to the appropriate metric.


Achieve Your Goals with the Latest Apple Watch from M1

If you’re looking to add some exciting wearable tech to your life to assist in your health and well-being objectives, head over to M1 and check out the latest Apple Watch Series 7 and Apple Watch SE. For a limited time only, you'll receive a free 6-month subscription to NumberShare to share your data, SMS, talktime, and add-ons with a compatible smartwatch.