So you've picked up an Apple Watch. Besides timekeeping, its customizable infographic watch face also helps to boost productivity. From reminders, weather, communication, health and fitness, the possibilities are endless with Apple Watch's ever-expanding app store. It's like having a personal secretary on your wrist, and an encouraging one too.
On a recent overseas trip to Jeju Island, South Korea, I conquered Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak (also known as Sunrise Peak). This UNESCO World Heritage site is touted to be one of Jeju Island’s most famous geographical features. While its name suggests one to catch a magnificent sunrise, I gambled on witnessing the glorious sunset instead.
Situated at the eastern seaboard of Jeju Island, this tuff cone was formed by hydrovolcanic eruptions on a shallow seabed about five thousand years ago. Here comes the good news: Sunrise Peak isn't the highest point above sea level in Jeju, so you don’t have to hike too far for the view. Unfortunately, I had to race against time and mount hastily to catch the remaining sunlight for the day.
The 'Hiking' workout function is able to track pace, distance, elevation gain, and calories burned. I tracked how high I climbed in real time and the total elevation gained by the end of the hike. This information is helpful if you're wondering about your height above sea-level at the peak. And heart-rate monitoring is covered too. As the latest Apple Watch Series 4 has a built-in altimeter to calculate and display your elevation, you don't need to bring your iPhone along. One less possession to worry about.
Apple Watch's Activity tracker and Workout app motivate users to burn excess fat through competition-focused mechanics and social gamification aspects. I've certainly activated them diligently in every gym class attended since acquiring the smartwatch. However, this doesn't mean you can slack off when you're on vacation. Its intelligent accelerometer and gyroscope can detect both inactivity and movement. Been a couch potato for hours in a resort villa? Apple Watch will prompt you to stand up. Similarly, if you've been walking constantly to reach a remote destination, it'll notify you to start a 'Walk' workout and can even help you pace so you won't tire yourself out.
Apple Watch Series 4 is now available Apple Orchard Road, Apple Authorised Resellers, and the Apple online retail shop.