Keeping an eye on health with the new Apple Watch
October 30, 2014 by Ergotron
“They’re playing our song,” someone on the team said at the launch of Apple’s newest innovation, the Apple Watch (overview).
The “song” they’re singing? It has a catchy little ring to it. We tried to capture it once five years ago in our release of the Cubicle Blues, back when people were still arguing “why would I want to stand when I can sit?” Back when we lit the flame under our JustStand® Wellness Uprising in 2009.
Fast forward to 2014. It’s fabulous to see corporations like Apple designing products with features to address the very human need to move. Getting you to stand more, or move more as John-Michael Bond indicates in his recent TÚAW post (“The Apple Watch health app is an incredible tool for all levels of fitness”) is one of the goals of the Apple Watch health app.
If you are planning to invest in this latest bit of Apple deliciousness, be sure to explore this feature. It is something that all of the pioneer JustStanders out there will appreciate.
Picture the scene. You are knee-deep in editing video and you hear a beep. Stand up for at least 1 minute in every hour is the alert you could receive with the Apple Watch on your wrist, spurring you to action, because, “Oh yeah, it’s time to move around.”
Researchers like Dr. Genevieve Healy, from the University of Queensland in Australia (and others like her), have even been suggesting changing postures every 30 minutes.
Whichever time frame you choose to follow, the edict is this: If you are sitting? Stand. If standing, move around, or even sit for a while. Simple.
The watch will help keep you honest about your body absent mindedness. Especially after you identify those oh-so-sedentary times during your day with our free Sitting-Time Calculator.
Like at your computer where you may want to consider pairing your monitor or laptop with an Ergotron WorkFit sit-stand workstation designed for PC or for Apple. (Hint: This makes the sit/stand part easier AND keeps you productive.)
Either way, with the Apple Watch, you have another means to avoid the “low-down not enough moving around blues!”