Metric loss

Cardiologist says you can ignore this fitness metric

WWe all love our Apple Watches. Raise your hand if you’ve already forgotten yours at home, only to whip a U to retrieve it from your kitchen counter? (Guilty.) A workout hits differently when you see those three rings closed, but not all measurements are created equal, according to a cardiologist. There are one or two that Michael Weinrauch, MD, the president of the cardiology department of Overlook Medical Center at Summit, says maybe it’s time to ignore.

1. The support ring

There is no doubt that we should all be trying to stay on our feet all day and keep moving as best we can. Study after study, the negative effects living a sedentary lifestyle can have on your overall health, from cardiovascular disease risks to hypertension and beyond. But the haunting buzz on your arm to “get up”? Dr Weinrauch says that might not be the best way to go about it.

“It can be a bit of unnecessary noise,” he says. If you are in the middle of a project or focused, the buzz to get up can make you lose focus and even create a bit of anxiety to close that ring. And according to Dr. Weinrauch, taking a few steps just to do it isn’t going to bring as many benefits. What offers great benefits, however, is committing to daily movement. So instead of taking a quick walk around the room and then returning to the office, he recommends making sure you set aside time to exercise for at least 30 or 45 minutes.

2. The calorie counter

Dr. Weinrauch points out that tracking calories isn’t always particularly accurate—a 2017 Stanford study proves it– and so the metric shouldn’t really have an impact on your day. “There are so many variables,” he says. “It’s fine to pay attention to it, but remember to pay attention to other factors related to your diet, your overall diet, how much you actually eat, and how hard you train. . ” And don’t forget to stock up on energy for the workouts so that you can have the energy and stamina you need to do any workout that day.

With access to all of these metrics, it can seem a bit overwhelming to monitor your health closely, so if you find yourself overwhelmed with having so much data on your wrist, take it off and go about your day. . Remember, what matters most is that you move your body. And Dr Weinrauch echoes that, saying that at the end of the day, it all depends on what works for you. “If the watch helps you stay active and you want to compete with yourself and see how you improve,” he says, “then all the best.”

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