Tracking Sports With Digifit and Bluetooth Low Energy
For me, there is no more fun way to exercise than to go out and play sports. Sure, I will go for runs, rides, or do indoor cardio at the gym, but I am a sport enthusiast and nothing gets me going more than a good game of basketball. Unfortunately, ANT+ did not allow me to track my HR and calories when playing because the ANT+ range is only 12-15 feet, and I don’t think fellow players would appreciate me strapping my iPhone onto my arm.So when it came time to lace up the sneakers and channel my inner LeBron, I had to leave my fantastic fitness friend, Digifit, at home.
I felt as if I was neglecting my little Digi-buddy whenever I went to the gym to play some ball, and carrying that guilt with me onto the court affected my game. I thought I would never find a solution to a dilemma that was threatening to rip apart the very fabric of my basketball life when a gift was delivered to me from the Geniuses/Gods at Apple. I was introduced to iPhone 4s and Bluetooth Low Energy, and my workouts have never been the same.
With the iPhone 4s, a Polar H7 Heart Rate Belt, and Digifit I can now successfully and seamlessly track my heart rate while playing basketball. First I put on my Heart Rate Monitor, pair it with Digifit, and find a safe place to store my iPhone. Then, all I have to do is start the workout with Digifit, go out and play, and after the workout I get a fantastic Heart chart as well as my calories burned with Digifit.
I left my iPhone 4s under some benches near one of the baskets for the game, and sure enough when I returned to my phone close to 2 hours later all of my data is recorded. You can even see my heart rate going down in between games, meaning after the workout I can count how many games I played in and how long each game lasted. In the heart chart above, you can see I played 5 games (with four instances that my HR went down in between games), with the longest game being the fourth game at over 20 minutes.
I could not be happier that I can now track my favorite workout type, and Digifit and I have never felt better about our relationship. I can’t wait to try out Bluetooth Low Energy next time I play soccer, tennis, volleyball, or any other sport!