It’s the season of gift giving and chances are many people will find smartwatches under the tree next week—think of it as a gift from the heart that helps the heart.
Smartwatches are playing a key role in promoting heart healthy lifestyles and overall wellbeing, with most tracking activity, heart rate, sleep patterns and other fitness attributes.
A recent piece published in Fortunemagazine—“How People Are Using Smartwatches to Lose Weight and Stay Healthy”—outlines the health benefits and points out “the newest trends is smartwatch owners signing up for subscription services to provide additional health tracking, coaching, and fitness encouragement.”
However, smartwatches can do so much more than track steps and beats per minute. In fact, smartwatches are moving into the clinical and research space in a big way.
For instance, Apple recently launched a new research app and is now recruiting participants for three health studies in partnership with leading medical institutions in the U.S.: the Apple Heart and Movement Study, the Apple Women’s Health Study and the Apple Hearing Study.
The move illustrates the massive potential for smartwatches and their role in research and healthcare.
Globally, an estimated 198.5 million smartwatches will be sold by the end of the year—an annual increase of 15.3%. Here’s to smart(watch) gifts that drive healthy habits and insights!