As we’ve moved from desktops to laptops, to smartphones and tablets, health-tech has progressed massively. It’s allowed us to take control of our health and fitness in new ways but has always relied on us inputting some form of data into a device.

The continued development of smartwatches is changing that.

More than Fitbits

Fitness trackers have been around for a while, and they’ve come a long way from the simple step counters they used to be. In fact, you probably won’t even see step counters listed on many of the product detail pages for such trackers anymore.

Take the latest Fitbit Sense for example, which offers stress management, a built-in ECG app, skin temperature sensors, and sleep monitoring. These trackers are now able to monitor our health passively and alert us to changes that could be affecting our health.

Garmin has taken the wearable fitness tracker to elite levels with its Forerunner watch, designed to give triathlon athletes a complete training and health monitoring system on the wrist.

The durability of a watch designed for swimmers, cyclists, and runners is something a larger device can’t compete with.

An Apple a day keeps the doctor away

With the release of the Apple Watch Series 6, Apple pushed its health-tech functions as a major selling point. Monitoring blood oxygen levels is one of the key features they’re highlighting, with on-demand readings and background monitoring.

It also includes an ECG function as well as traditional sleep monitoring, fitness tracking, and exercise; but the key difference with the Series 6 is that Apple advertises these functions ahead of the usual features like music and communications.

The introduction of the new Fitness+ service (launching later in 2020) shows just how important health and fitness are to these wearables.

A training partner

This new generation of smartwatches doesn’t leave you on your own either. Whilst Siri has always been a key feature of the Apple Watch, many of the other manufacturers are beginning to integrate Google Assistant and Alexa into their watches.

As well as providing you with voice functions, the ability to connect additional apps and services to your watch will further bolster the smartwatch as a health-focused device. So if you’re looking for a training buddy, it might just be time to consider a watch.

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