I have been able to see for myself the benefits of the Apple Watch since using the original model I purchased in 2015. Just by trying to complete the rings every day, without making more effort, I have managed to lose about 10 kilos the first six months. For that alone, I consider the Apple Watch one of the best investments I have made in a long time.
But for those of you who don’t have an Apple Watch for whatever reason, don’t worry: there are iOS and macOS apps capable of emulating the motivation given by watchOS rings . Let’s take a look at some of them.
Tide is an application that our partner Ericka Duarte talked about a few months ago. It applies the Pomodoro technique to keep you focused, something that can be an alternative to the pauses to breathe and to get up from the chair that has watchOS.
It can be downloaded for free from the App Store, although an integrated purchase is required to unlock all its features.
Vatobe is a small tool that is installed in macOS and that warns you to get up from your chair and stretch your legs from time to time, something that watchOS does with its blue ring. You can choose the time interval between these warnings yourself. The download is completely free of charge.
Lifesum focuses more on our eating habits, but beware because we should not underestimate their health meter based on our habits. If we follow it to the letter, Lifesum recommends a series of exercises and diets so that we gradually get into better shape. It’s the red ring of exercise on watchOS, but led to more and with nutritional support.
Downloading the application is free, but some of its features require a monthly subscription starting at 2.62 euros per month depending on the frequency of payment.
We could describe Strava as another “amplifier” of the red ring of watchOS, but from the point of view of competitiveness. Strava measures and quantifies your sporting activity, but the interesting thing is that it puts you in touch with other sportsmen and women and adds that competitive edge to see who is the best of a group of friends in a certain sport.
The download is free and there are some premium plans that add extra features to the application. The name may ring a bell, as it is the subject of a very recent controversy over potentially secret data that has been unwittingly revealed by its users.
Breathe is a completely free application that imitates the watchOS Breathe application. From time to time (you can choose which one) the app prompts you to take a moment of your work and take a deep breath to stay focused and avoid distractions.
Stand Up is a fairly straightforward alternative to the blue watchOS ring. After a certain time, you will be warned to get up and walk around a bit. Customizable and free of charge, although with some optional integrated purchases.
A week ago we told you about Tomatoes, which can be taken as another alternative to Tide to work with the Pomodoro method.
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I don’t want to leave without mentioning Focus, an iOS app that allows you to time your work apps but also has alerts for you to rest and stretch your legs. From its official website you can download it for macOS or for iOS. It is free, although some of its features are unlocked with a subscription of 3.99 euros per month or 29.99 euros per year.