Possibly a really interesting question about wearing Apple Watch

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OK, so I have a really kind of interesting question perhaps. I'm definitely not even slightly here complaining. I'm just more curious if anyone else has ran into this, and if so, how they fixed the issue, or, did they?

I have an Apple Watch series 4, which I wear on my left rist. This is the sports edition, and is the 44mm. I think it's 44. It's whatever the largest size is. I forget if that's 44 or 42. It's the largest one though. That, I do know.

Has anyone found that the watch is super comfortable normally, but once in a while, if you've been wearing the thing for a really prolonged period of time, it actually starts to make your wrist tired/kind of slightly hurt? I think it's more just from the weight of the watch metal pushing up against the top of your wrist for so long. Even if I loosen the band a bit, I find sometimes this happens. It's rare, but I do see it at times. For the most part though, I love wearing the thing. Short of loosening the band, which I've tried, or just totally taking it off, and giving my wrist a break, does anyone have any other suggestions? Hass anyone on seldom occasionsz noticed this?

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Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Tuesday, July 21, 2020

I had been using the watch for 2 years and yes, it is little heavy. If you are right handed, you probably do not use left hand and is not accustomto it. You could take it off for several minutes but the more you use it, you will feel better. Exercising the arm will help.

Submitted by Skippy on Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Hi,
If you can, I would try a different band.
I’m using a sport loop, & love it!
The sport loop is the mesh one.

Submitted by Chris Gilland on Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Holger and Skippy both, thank you all both for your suggestions.

I think Holger is on to something here. You're very right in saying that I probably just need to exercize my wrist muscel a bit. It's kind of the same thing when I play guitar. I play right handed, and also am indeed right handed, you're correct, Holger, therefore, I wear my watch on my left wrist, as I mentioned before. With guitar, like I say, it's the same thing. Doing things like bar chords, etc give me issues.

Here's the thing. Please know I'm not using this as any excuse. It's more just true fact. I have very very mild cerebral pausy in both my wrists. The weird thing is, though I'm right handed, and that feels much more natural to me, using my right hand to perform gestures and such, thereby holding my phone in my left hand, or wearing the watch on my left wrist, I find that my left hand/arm is a bit stronger and more developed in muscel than my right arm/wrist/hand.

The other thing is, I have to be incredibly incredibly choosy on the band I use as very very very few work for me. Basically, in a nutshell, I have next to no fine motor skills at all. My groce motor is fine, but not fine motor. As a toddler, my parents took me to OPT, (Occupational Physical Therapy), but it never really seemed to do much good. It did some, but not a lot. Sorry to ramble, but I do want you all to understand fully my story/predicament, so you all can better relate and make rellavent suggestions going forward.

Things like tying my shoes, buttoning shirts, doing a watch band buckle, forget it! Hence why all my shoes are either slip ons, or velcro, mainly slip ons, and why I don't wear many, if any, buttondown shirts. It's not I don't know the concept, I do. I could walk a small child through the task if they'd never done it before, but trying to do it myself, my hands just won't cooperate due to the CP enough to let me. This isn't a matter again of making excuses. It's not mind over matter. I literally physically speaking can't to it, determined to as I may be.

So, with the watch, I can't do things like the sports band, as 1, I don't have the motor skills necessary to change the band out myself. that's not really an issue, as my brother or mom could change it for me, but where it *is!* a problem is, I don't want to be relying on them every morning, and every night to put the watch on me, or take it off of me. That would get old really really fast. So trying to find the best fit/feel has been a major challenge.

What I wound up doing was I got the series 3 watch back in the days, and I more specifically got the Nikey model with the velcro Nikey loop band that came with the thing.

Though a 38mm model, where what I have now's the 44mm, my brother actually managed somehow to get the band still to snap in place and fit my new series4 watch. So what I had him do was to take the sport band with the little peg spike on one end, and the holes in the strap off. There's no way with one hand I can line up one end of that strap to that little peg and push it through one of the strap band holes. I've tried. My hands just won't do it. I can't get it lined up no matter how hard I try. I've spent over 45 minutes tryin, only to resort to havin my brother do it for me, while I sat there bawling my eyes out in frustration.

The only thing really that works for me are the type bands that do not ever lay completely flat, but always are in a circular shape, then instead of wrapping the band around your wrist, then fascening it somehow, you instead slide your wrist through the opening, then like on a sandle ankle strap, you grab the little tab, pull to tighten, then let the tab fall over and stick to the loop you slid your hand into. Hope that makes sense. Those are the only type bands that work for me.

I thought of trying the rainbow pride loop, but I don't want to come across that way, as I'm straight, and people may get the wrong impression.

I do own a millinese loop band, but the only thing I don't like about it is, I like cooling off some times in the pool, or if I can't get to a pool, which is quite often, I like at least not bathing, but sometimes just wrensing off in the tub/shower to cool off. The millinese loop, I've read online is not waterproof. So, though the watch itself is, provided you're in waterlock mode, the band would rust, being it's metal. I like the Nikey band, as being it's cloth velcro, it's definitely waterproof. Plus, it's super super super easy for me to put on and off all by myself.

Again, the sports band would work fine, if it wasn't for the fact that I can't get the thing on and off myself. So, getting back to Holger's initial suggestion, exercizing that wrist over time may just be the best sollution. I can't exactly easily change bands as Skippy suggested. It's kind of catch 22. Skippy, let me ask you this. When you talk of the sports band, are you talking about the band I described above, or is this more like the Nikey band in that I'd just lide my wrist through. If that's what you're talking about, can you then post a link for me somewhere in the US where I can buy that band for the series 4 44mm sport edition? I have the sport band that came with it still, but again, it won't work for me.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Wednesday, July 22, 2020

I also have issues with the band that came with my watch. I found a metal band silver color that I can rap around and the end has a magna that connects to the end of the band. I can tide it or not. I do not recall what is call but I got a nice deal.

Submitted by Brian Giles on Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Chris, Your post sent my mind spinning. The first thing I thought was "wow... I just learned something" and then "really? You mean it's not just me?" As a kid I also struggled with things like learning to tie my shoes. I actually didn't learn to do that until halfway through 7th grade. When my parents tried showing me, they would just get frustrated if I didn't get it after trying a couple times. I think I would've eventually figured it out if I'd had someone who had more patience and could've explained things differently, which might have made it click. So I 1000 percent get your not wanting to have someone help you put your watch on. That getting old fast, as you put it, to me would be putting it mildly.

As for the watch, I got a 44mm series 5 for my birthday and am finding the same thing. After a while my wrist starts to get uncomfortable and I have to take the watch off for a bit. For now I chalk that up to not having worn a watch since elementary school, so my wrist just isn't used to it. We'll see if that theory holds up over time.

Here's a link to the sport loop I have.

44mm Anchor Gray Sport Loop - Regular

https://store.apple.com/xc/product/MWTY2AM/A

I went with a sport loop because I initially thought the regular sport band had a regular watch buckle, and I didn't think I could put it on myself. When my mom showed me the sport band she has on hers, I realized it might've worked. The other reason I went with a sport loop is that I have really small wrists, and the loop-type bands give me the best fit. In a pre covid world, I would've suggested trying on different bands at an Apple store if possible, but that kind of doesn't work right now.

The regular sport loop is made of mesh material. Where the melanese loop has a magnet on the end that makes the band stick to itself, the sport loop has 5 tiny velcro strips that stick to the mesh. So you put it on your wrist exactly like the melanese. I haven't tried wearing mine in the tub or shower yet though. It sounds like the sport loop may work well for you.

You might want to share the link I posted with your mom or your brother if you want to be conscious of how the watch looks though, as I was. Had I picked out a watch and band on my own, I would've ended up with something completely different than what I got. My mom described all the sport loop and watch color combos to me, and it helped a lot. I ended up with a space gray watch and gray sport loop. Many of the sport loops actually have two colors on them. the middle of the band is one color, and the long edges (closer to your hand and elbow), are a second color, and some of the combinations seemed ugly to me. On mine, the main part of the band is gray, and the long edges are black, which seems to go well with a space gray watch.

Sorry for the novel-length post, but hope it helped.

Submitted by Chris Gilland on Wednesday, July 22, 2020

In reply to by Brian Giles

Brian, thank you immensely for your response. I absolutely will take a look at that link, and see if I think it'll work. If it will, then I might get it next month. Like I said, I would get the Pride loop, but... yeah... I'm not gonna intertain that discussion either way, and go down that controversial rabbit trail. I'd do it, if there was no indication of the theme more so than just it being rainbow colored, but, I don't want people getting the wrong impression. We'll just leave it at that.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Thursday, July 23, 2020

Morning, Chris. I found the band I got for my series 5. Check it out. Perhaps this will help. It is from amazon. AdMaster Compatible for Apple Watch Band 38mm, Stainless Steel Mesh Milanese Sport Wristband Loop with Apple Watch Screen Protector Compatible for iWa
AdMaster
Sold by: admaster-us

Submitted by Rafal on Friday, July 24, 2020

Maybe this is due to size of the watch or the strap. I've got series 3 38 mm and don't have any problemes even if I wear it for the whole day. I don't sleep with my watch but put it on my hand as soon as I get dressed. Try loosening the band avoid situations when you press the watch to your wrist.

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