Talk me off an Apple Watch ledge?

You have me wondering what’s wrong with yours! Gotta start stretching your wrist in the mornings or something. Wrist squats! (To be clear, this is a joke, but I turn 33 this year and I already know it’s not funny.)


I think you should get a series 9. I just got my wife one for only like $450. Her series 4 served her well (swimming a mile 3 days a week amongst other things) for 4 years.

It will be a difficult decision between the S9 and Ultra 2. I like the look and size of the stainless steel watch, but the Ultra’s longer battery life, larger screen, and better GPS are enticing. :slightly_smiling_face: I’ll have to spend a little time in the store trying them on to see what I think. I really wish I could hang on until this time next year, but I don’t think the battery will last that long and purchasing a new battery does not seem like a wise investment in a S4. I could buy a charger for the office and charge it mid-day to get me through the day, but I’d prefer not to be preoccupied with the battery level in my watch during the course of my work day. I have more important things to deal with. :slightly_smiling_face:

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Interesting. I have an iPhone 14 (upgraded in the summer from a 5S!) with the GPX Tracker app installed. Daily walks are tracked by the app with traces dating back to July of 2019.Now I have a Watch S9 which is simultaneously tracking the same walks.

Comparing the two GPX files generated (the one from the Watch being accessed by the iPhone’s Export All Health Data option) there is less “wobble” in the track from the Watch; egress/ingress of my house, as I started/stoped the apps, and generally as I walked my exercise routes looked like spaghetti in the iPhone’s version whereas the Watch’s is clearer. Whether the Ultra series would create even better GPS traces I cannot at this moment afford to find out. The S9’s traces are fine for my purposes.

WIll probably drop the iPhone’s GPX Tracker app soon but will retain Avenue which is a macOS GPX file display program based on some code from GPX Tracker.

Oh, you’re not wrong. I’m 40, and today I woke up with both my index fingers feeling jammed. I swear I didn’t poke anyone hard or even do aggressive finger guns.

I’ve had to routinely visit physio multiple times in the past year because of “you need to start stretching now” injuries. I didn’t need to stretch this much before! And the physiotherapists always think you’re kind of dumb for not stretching, but one day, I just woke up and my body started failing in new ways. It’s not cool!

I must be a “bad” person. I never stretch before my 3-4 mile runs (usually 4-5 days/week), even though my wife tells me to stretch every time I get ready to leave the house for the run. :joy:

My physio implied one day that stretching after is more important anyway. Who knows who to believe?

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They are probably right, but it reminds me of when we were told that eggs would kill us but now we are told that they are good for us. I’m not being cynical, I’m fully aware that the science evolves. :slightly_smiling_face: -

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A trainer at the gym I used to attend told me that streching after exercise helps to disperse lactic acid that built up in various muscles and thereby reduce post-workout painful muscle cramps. I followed their advice and sure enough no muscle pains afterwards.

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I think the best things to do are avoid alcohol, eat whole foods, go to bed early, and stretch every hour, but where’s the fun in that?

I do three out of four. I’m probably boring. :slightly_smiling_face:

You are doing better than I am. I haven’t drunk alcohol in decades, try to eat healthy, and stretch before exercise. But if I go to bed early, I just wake up early. :yawning_face:

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Unfortunately, I do both. I went to bed last night at ~8:30 and woke up at 3:30. :slightly_smiling_face: But, as Franklin is attributed to have said, “early to bed makes one healthy, wealthy, and wise.” I’m batting .333. :rofl: