5 Key Principles to Change Your Life
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Tracking every workout is another important way to stay motivated, and ensure you do a little bit more every time. Even for veteran fitness enthusiasts, writing down exactly what they did and recording all the key data is a massive pain in the butt.
Making it even harder, is that the majority of people still use their phone for this function. That means lugging around your bulky phone on runs, yoga sessions, and to the gym, then manually finding and entering the data you need.
We strongly recommend you replace your phone with a smartwatch. The right smartwatch will automatically track your step count, heart rate, and blood oxygen levels (the higher the better) over time, just like the Health Smartwatch 3. That way you only need to focus on giving you all to your workout, not recording it too.
Long term, with the right smartwatch, you can view your daily data and measure long term trends. Nothing is more satisfying or motivating than watching your heart rate decline or blood oxygen levels go up, as you do the same workout.
Never underestimate the importance of sleep. Getting the right amount of quality sleep ensures you adequately recover from your workouts, while also ensuring you can give your next workout the maximum level of effort. Failing to get good sleep is one of the primary reasons otherwise great routines fail.
So how do you get quality sleep? The most important thing is to get enough. Set a daily bedtime, and stick to it (see principle 1). Avoid viewing screens, eating, and stressful activity a few hours before your bedtime, so you go to bed soon after you lay down.
The next most important thing is to ensure you’re actually getting the maximum benefit from your sleep time. Many people wake up in the middle of the night, toss and turn, and/or snore, interfering with important sleep cycles and reducing all the best benefits of sleep. To get the best sleep, you need to spend time in all four stages of sleep, including N1, N2, N3, and REM. Have you ever woken up after a long sleep and felt tired? You’re probably suffering from poor sleep quality.
How do you know if your sleep quality is actually good? Before you’d have to guess from context or participate in an expensive, invasive sleep study. Luckily, the year is 2023, and many devices, such as the Health Smartwatch 3, have native sleep monitoring apps. These apps will measure the duration of each cycle, see how you move between each cycle throughout the night, and ultimately deliver a daily score objectively telling you how good your sleep that night was. Make sure you get a watch with a super long battery life (think the Health Smartwatch 3’s 14+ days), so you never have to choose between measuring your sleep quality and charging your watch.
Nothing hurts your sleep, distracts you, or compromises your workouts like too much stress. Stress ultimately impedes recovery time as well as the overall effectiveness of your workouts.
We know–it’s 2023 and life is super stressful, but the trick is you don’t have to be super stressed. Meditation, yoga, and mindfulness are all great tricks you can use to reduce your stress levels, and live a longer, fitter, and happier life.
A great way to create a stress management plan, and stick to it, is to employ a health smartwatch. Any decent one, such as the Health Smartwatch 3, will have a stress tracker. This tracker will see when, how much, and how often your body has unhealthy levels of stress. Over time you can use this data to make healthier life decisions–whether it just means meditating more or switching jobs.
As an added bonus, the Health Smartwatch 3 has a guided breathing app. This is essentially a guided meditation that you can use daily, or whenever you’re notified that your stress levels are particularly high.
What’s really cool is that as you exercise and meditate more, you will naturally see your unhealthy stress levels fall, just by nature of you being healthier.
We know we’ve shared a lot of information with you, but if there’s one key principle–it’s to live a balanced life. Make a fitness plan and stick to it, but focus your mental energies on other aspects of your life. This will make fitness an enduring part of your identity, and not just a seasonal obsession.
The right smartwatch can help you do this. Pick one where you can easily toggle between fitness displays, lifestyle ones, and minimalist ones. Fitness is only one area of your life, the best watch will only show you the fitness data when you need it, and be useful for other areas of your life too.
The Health Smartwatch 3, for example, lets you easily swap out the bands, so you can use a silicon one for working out, a leather one for work, and a stainless steel one for going out. Also the watch is fully waterproof, so it’s ready to accompany you for laps in the pool, or a relaxing vacation on the beach.