This is the only feature that the Apple Watch really lacks

I wear the Apple Watch 7 everyday. Why? Because, like many Apple Watch users, I feel compelled to close my Apple Watch rings on a daily basis. And while I know nothing bad will happen if I leave any of the rings incomplete, the Apple Watch’s lack of recovery tools makes it difficult to give me a break.

It’s no secret that the Apple Watch can be a nag. Unless you know how to use Apple Watch and have turned off activity notifications, the smartwatch prompts you to check your goals status and get up after sitting for a while. Usually the encouragement doesn’t bother me. But sometimes I just need a hell of a break and don’t want to break my activity streaks to get it.

I wish the Apple Watch had the option of taking a day off, a day without reminders or ringtones and relying on completely closed circles for serotonin. Ideally, this so-called day off wouldn’t compromise badge progress or crush the odds of winning a contest. Instead, it would allow me to rest easily during recovery – no sacrifice or lazy shame later on on the side.

Any trainer or fitness expert will tell you that recovery days are an important part of a training regimen. Your body is given dedicated time to recover after a day (or days) of strenuous exercise. This is especially true if you are injured or have trouble sleeping or eating well, such as when traveling or under stress.

Even when I may not have been hydrated enough or my social life has forced me to go to bed late, I still try to actively recover by doing stretching, yoga, or light walking. But often times trimming my rings makes me more inclined to close them, and I end up not getting the real recovery I need.

Apple should take notes from the competition. Most of the best fitness trackers and smartwatches offer recovery recommendations. The WHOOP strap has generalized recovery scores, taking into account rest and training intensities to determine when it’s time to relax. Fitbit’s new Daily Readiness Score seeks to prevent overtraining with suggested workouts based on a holistic view of your health data.

I am currently testing the latest Oura Ring, another portable device that also weighs prep with exercise. But not only does the Oura Ring promote recovery based on your sleep quality and heart rate variability (HRV), it also reads your body temperature. If it detects a temperature trend that may correspond to illness, you will be prompted to turn on “Rest Mode,” a setting that temporarily suspends your activity goals. You can also manually enter idle mode whenever you want.

Whether the Apple Watch introduces a rest mode or gives you a deserved way to justify taking a day off doesn’t matter. It’s clearly lacking in physical recovery tools, and after seeing versions rolled out on the best Fitbit trackers and my Oura smart activity tracker, I want it on my Apple Watch.

Fortunately, this seems to be the kind of update that can be done on the software side, so I wouldn’t need an Apple Watch 8 or other future Apple Watch to benefit from the recovery features that Apple intended. .


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