Apple Watch: Top 5 Health & Fitness Apps
I review the top five health & fitness apps for the Apple Watch. Most of us aren’t buying the Apple Watch for the native email app…it’s all about what third-party developers do. And in this video I discuss my favorite activity tracking app, running/cycling app, workout tracking app, diet/weight loss app, and quick workout app.
Unfortunately, the Apple Watch does not have GPS and therefore whenever you go for a run or bike ride, you will be tethered to your phone, at least if you want the mapping data. You can opt to use Apple’s built-in workouts app that estimate your distance as well, but not based on GPS. Of course, the Apple Watch also has an optical heart rate sensor, but as of the date of this video, it does not work with any of these applications 🙁
So…would I consider the Apple Watch the best smartwatch? Yes. As of today, it’s the best we got, but we all things are going to be moving quickly in this industry so this particular model won’t obviously stay on top. Ok though, is this the best activity tracker out there? Nope…but it’s good enough that if you want/have to have the smart features you will be just fine with its activity tracking features.
Apple Watch Accessories: http://goo.gl/YiE49a
Wearable Tech: http://goo.gl/hSLhHq
Gear I use: http://goo.gl/4EyvP2
Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trail: http://goo.gl/7ES3bj
Two Free Audio Books: http://goo.gl/x4EhCv
— HEART RATE MONITORS —
Garmin Soft Strap: http://goo.gl/bYQgu3
POLAR H7: http://goo.gl/7tAJma
Wahoo Fitness TICKR: http://goo.gl/jqykWW
Mio Alpha 2: http://goo.gl/YEHkLu
— APPLE WATCH VIDEOS —
CrossFit Test: https://goo.gl/PLb0KR
Apple Watch – Initial Run Test: https://goo.gl/8uOX32
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I love your channel. I suggest to add text description when you introduce
an apps. It will be more easy to understand and follow. I can’t wait more
new product review. Can sum up more fitness band screen-less or using
button battery in the future? I planning to buy soon 🙂 battery life is
the key. Review for xiaomi band in next video? Thanks
Will Frame says
Hey, Riz. Do you feel that the utility of the apps available on Apple watch
make up for the poor battery life and inaccurate heart rate monitor? I
guess what I’m asking is: Would you use a fitness tracker as your daily
driver if you had to charge it every day and pair a 3rd party HR monitor
with it anyway? Somehow I just don’t view the Apple Watch as a fitness
tracker. It’s a smartwatch to me. Could be the price, but the Fenix
justifies it’s price, in my opinion. Although the ecosystem allows the
Apple Watch to make up for a lot of shortcomings.
John Rigby says
Another great review Jeff, please keep these coming! I have recently
bought an Apple Watch as a fitness tracker (it was a close call between
this and the Fenix 3), I’m really hoping the apps will develop as the
platform matures otherwise I may have made the wrong choice! As my main
activities revolve around running, mountain biking and CrossFit, it is the
CrossFit part that lets it down as you have already highlighted. Can I
just confirm one observation you have made, I thought you would be able to
connect a BT HRM direct to the watch and therefore use something like UA
Record without an iPhone and still record HR data, is this not the case?
I’m determined to make the watch work for my training so I will be paying
great interest in future videos! I must confess that the activities app is
proving to be a much bigger motivator than I expected .
i cant tell ur reading cue cards at all.
Luke Jaunay Jaunay says
I have watched your other videos of the garmin vivofit 2 and fitbit charge
and I am stuck between them. I am getting a fitness activity tracker at the
end of may and don’t know if I should get a charge or vivofit 2? I am 12
years old, I walk my dogs and ride my bike a lot, and I also play
Australian football. I was wondering if you knew which one I should get, or
if there are any other products you would recommend.
Dickard Grayson says
Dude! Thank You for the specific reviews on the Activity and Workout apps
for Apple Watch. Now that the watch is in the wild, I’m surprised there are
not more reviews like yours out there detailing the benefits of the health
and fitness features. Perhaps the correlation could be related to the fact
that many people have yet to receive watches due to the backorder.
Nevertheless, your insight is helpful!
Michael Baum says
What is more important in a watch? GPS or wrist heart rate? This is for
everyday use and also occasional workouts
Riz what up! I love your vids man. Your reviews are spot on with products
I’ve tried and I appreciate that. Ok so, I broke down and ordered an apple
watch and I’m pumped. I ordered the 38mm for various reasons but was
wondering, do you like your 38mm for workouts and day to day things, since
I would imagine you are pretty busy with notifications and stuff. Or would
you rather have gotten the 42mm? Thanks for your input bro and keep it up!
ibraheem al sinan says
Twohex flex says
I was wondering if you still felt that the watch was too small for you. I
worry about getting the 42 because the main reason I’m getting it is for
the fitness aspects. I want to be able to do push-ups and not have to worry
about a giant thing on my wrist. Oh and I plan on wearing it backwards so
the crown doesn’t get pushed into the back of my hand.
Amjid Khan says
The third party apps on the watch are mainly pointless. Developers have
tried to cram too much in there and treating the watch like the phone.
The whole point about the watch is to have very simple, ideally glanceable
information, without too much interaction.
Ignore everything apart from Apples own apps or use third party apps on the
iPhone until the the native SDK comes out later this year and developers
can make native apps that will be quicker.