Smartwatch Health Metrics Worth Tracking

Generation Health

Jan 2 2024 • 1 hr

Did you get a new smartwatch for Christmas? Hoping to use that expensive Apple Watch in your New Year fitness goals? The volume of data they provide can be OVERWHELMING! Don't get hung up on every single metric they say they track. We've picked the most useful ones and outlined how and why to use them, as well as a couple you should absolutely ignore!


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Generation Health is a weekly podcast discussing cutting edge research and time tested best practices to help you live better, longer. Dante DiMatteo (PharmD, CSCS) is the second generation in a family dedicated to helping educate listeners so they can make informed decisions about their own health. Incorporating his extensive knowledge in pharmaceuticals, nutrition, exercise, and supplementation, he loves sharing his wisdom with anyone looking to improve their life!

00:21 - Show Intro
01:35 - Behind the Counter
05:50 - Wearables
07:59 - What are wearables used for?
14:24 - What are the key metrics to track on a wearable?
18:13 - Step counting
20:44 - Resting heart rate
26:59 - Heart rate during exercise
33:22 - Sleep tracking
39:22 - The weaknesses of wearables
44:06 - Heart rate variability
53:12 - Takeaways
58:22 - Show Outro

1) Peanut Allergies -
2) Heart Attack Blood Test -
3) Blood Test Study -
4) Wearable Quality Study -
5) Wearables & Covid Symptoms -
6) SW & Predicting Outcomes -
7) SW & Motivation -
8) Lifestyle modification & SW -
9) SW in hospitals -
10) Effectiveness of SW in fitness -

DISCLAIMER: This podcast is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute the practice of medicine, nursing, or other professional healthcare services, including the giving of medical advice. No doctor-patient relationship is formed. The use of this information and the materials linked to this podcast is at the user's own risk. The content on this podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Listeners should NOT disregard or delay in obtaining medical advice for any medical condition they have, and they should seek the assistance of their healthcare professionals for any such conditions.

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