GPS and heart rate watches Guide

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In the picture above, you can see a group of friends hiking with GPS watches on their wrists. A GPS watch costs from $250 up to $600, and goes beyond popular activity trackers.

A GPS watch is expensive, heavy and interrupts us from the core experience. Instead of appreciating nature with a full mind-body connection, a GPS watch encourages us to obsess on artificial numbers.

In a world full of gadgets, do we still need yet another stressful electronic device?

Yet, I am using a Garmin Fenix 3. I will try to explain how I got to use this GPS sport watch and what you can do with GPS sport watches. I have included also a guide of the best GPS sport watches below, which I will update regularly.

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Monitor stress and breathing with Spire

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I have had a Spire for almost a year, using the wearable in various situations. This is my 1-year review on this innovative take on the wearable movement.

Spire embeds its electronics in what looks like a small stone. The wireless charger has a wood finish, and the whole product has a nice Zen design that many Apple fans would appreciate. When clipped to your pants (or bra for women), it’s hardly noticeable and can be worn for up to a week without recharging.

The stone even survives machine washing, which is a rare occurrence amongst wearables.

Like most wearables, it tracks your daily steps, and will alert you if you haven’t moved in a while. The app can list at the end of the day your activity moments with the related events and pictures found on your phone.

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Apple Watch as a health tracker : 6 months review

How does the Apple Watch compare to other devices as a health and fitness tracker?

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Tracking exercise, calories and standing hours with the Apple Watch

I had and used the Apple Watch series 1 for six months before writing this review. I don’t have any relationship with Apple so I consider this as a fair review.

In summary, the Apple Watch opens up exciting opportunities for health tracking for most of us. It’s beautiful, integrates nicely with the Apple ecosystem, and can be augmented in powerful ways with third-party apps.

The Apple Watch is not by any means perfect. There are devices with more functionalities. But it might just be good enough if you are planning to track your overall health and activity.

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Track your resting heart rate with a Garmin Fenix 3 watch

An activity tracker like the Garmin Fenix 3 allows you to know your resting heart rate

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High resting heart rate is correlated with higher mortality risk. This means the faster your heart beats at rest, the most likely you will have high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, cardiovascular hospitalization, poor blood circulation, cancer, Type 2 diabetes and overall higher all-cause mortality.

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I have been using a Garmin Fenix 3. The watch, amongst other features, shows your daily resting heart rate (RHR) as well as its weekly history. I observe that stress, intense exercise, cold, sickness increase resting heart rate. In this case, I do yoga, meditation, active recovery, and make sleep a priority.

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