So I resolved to stop ignoring the Breathe app. There was a whole lot of standing going on. As I was now standing and breathing more, I also thought it would be a good time to get some exercise by tackling the mini-jungle that was now my backyard.
Doing manual labour seemed like a workout, so it should be easy for the Apple Watch to track, right? Not so fast. How the watch works isn't to automatically detect any move you make or detect particularly strenous labour: you need to log that stuff.
It's a matter of opening the Workout app, selecting 'Other' and then once you're done, confirming the workout has ended. This however led to rather inaccurate results. I'm pretty sure I burned more than the 100 calories estimated but I might also have been an idiot and not logged it properly. Apple, the Workout app really needs to be tweaked for dummies like yours truly. But I did get a good night's sleep so all was not lost.
End of day: My triceps: 1, Workout app: 0
Since the default Workout app didn't seem to motivate me all that much, I looked through my fat library of apps and discovered that quite a few apps I hadn't been using for awhile now had Apple Watch support.
One of them was Walkr, a quaint pedometer game that would convert the steps I took into in-game rocket fuel for your ship as you created your own little virtual galaxy. Besides Walkr, there were also other health-related apps that I had tired off on my phone but now could find new reason to enjoy again with a smartwatch. They included the workout apps Seven as well as Sworkit Pro, both apps that offered a list of quick workouts you could do at home and now tweaked to let you see summarised workout prompts on the Watch.
After 5 days, I found I was still looking for new ways to fiddle with the watch where previously I would often find myself being too lazy to put a smartwatch or fitness tracker on. I would probably not go to sleep while wearing one: the Watch in Nightstand mode and with my morning alarm set suits me better but I'd say the experiment was a success. There is a lot of fun to be had with the Apple Watch series 2, though to be fair, having great apps in the App Store helps quite a bit.
End of day: Apple Watch: 1, Desk Potato-ism: 0
To sum up, the Apple Watch series 2 does pass the test as far as health monitoring is concerned. While the built-in apps (Activity and Breathe) are very good for default apps, adding your own apps enhances the fitness experience and it being able to play triple duty - as a nice-looking accessory on your wrist (dedicated fitness bands are just ugly, let's be honest) and complementing your iPhone's functions, make this an easy recommendation for iPhone owners on the fitness trail.