Mobile devices increasingly are becoming the extensions of our hands; everything from Banking, Traveling, Leisure, Work, and Entertainment has become seamlessly easier with just a click of a button, consider the job done.
Mobile phones have out marketed almost every gadget which used to be once a quintessential component of functioning in day to day life, for instance E – Wallets have made it possible to roam without any physical money or plastic money.
With the technologies evolving and we becoming more and more dependent on our devices it is even more convenient to manage / control our life style. In this section we would help you discover the less used or less known features of your mobile phones which can be used to track your fitness, step by step guide to unleash the mystical side of mobile phone to succor you reach your health goals.
“If you can measure it, you can change it”
A study reveals many people are not aware of the health applications which are pre-installed with the phone. Almost all the manufacturers are emphasizing on the health applications through inbuilt health tracking applications like Samsung S Health LG with LG health applications, Apple with its latest offering Health. Mobile phone health applications are omnipresent yet there is so much to be discovered about their usage and implications therefore it is very clear that the potential for handhelds to transmute healthcare in the society is tremendous.
‘’Health is wealth ‘’ is an old idiom, despite the fact that in today’s fast paced life individuals are not able to balance health and time, they only realize when it is too late but the silver line in the cloud is that the same could be managed with the device everyone carry’s with them.
All latest Mobile phones running on iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows have inbuilt health applications which can help you track / monitor your health. With the help of these inbuilt features you can Set fitness target, get personalized coaching, monitor heart rate and much more. All you need to do is while you are configuring your handset take out some time to find health applications in your phone like S Health in Samsung devices, Health in iOS, LG Fitness in LG devices and get started. If you are using a phone with a proprietary OS you can go to the market place (Play Store, Windows Store) to download Google Fit, which is an app from Google Inc.
In this section we shall talk about the brand new Health App introduced by Apple in iOS 8
How Does Health App on iOS 8 help
Let’s say Health acts as an aggregator between third party applications like sleep monitors, activity trackers, wireless weighing scales etc., to give data at one place so that the user does not have to open individual applications.
The Health app allows these applications to access the health data from other applications so as to monitor health effectively. Working with Health can be a little confusing, we recommend you to follow the steps for a simple user experience.
The main screen of the Health app shows Cards on dashboard which is important to you, every card is systematically put on a graph as the time progresses. Tapping on each card will lead to break up of the activity in Day/Week/Month/Year. Below is the screen shot of Steps card which reveals the activity done so far, user can see the steps taken, daily average and today’s status (Steps : how many steps you have walked). By clicking the card break up of entire month can be seen.
To add new card on dashboard
- Goto Health data (at the bottom of screen)
- Tap the category that stocks the activity you want to add
- Tap the specific health metric from the category
- Toggle “Show on Dashboard”
To remove card from dashboard, simply un-toggle Show on Dashboard, you can see all the data under the metrics, to view this click on the Health Data and choose the category and go to specific health metric you wish to explore.
Health Data Management
User is free to enter the health data manually as well as automatically, it communicates with the device wirelessly and obtains the data. For instance if there is a wireless weighing scale and everytime you use it the data will be shared automatically. The same can be entered manually also, just follow the simple steps
- Go to Health Data
- Select category (for example body measurement)
- Select specific metrics
- Show all data on the screen enables user to select/modify the content
Health apps lets user manage sources from where the health data is obtained and fed in health app, this projects every application that is sharing such data, this is very interesting as your heart rate is being sent via two separate applications and thereby causing a conflict, with help of this option user gets freedom of selecting from a particular source. Follow simple steps to organize your sources
- Health app> Sources
It will list all the applications which are providing the health data, further exploring this would take you to ‘’Allow (App name) to write data “ and ‘’Allow (App name) to read data, behavior of apps can be controlled via Toggling the On/OFF place next to each application
Setting up Medical ID
Medical ID functions as ICE (In case of Emergency) card, which is digital in nature and contains all essential details with regards to your health. Useful when in any contingent medical situation any other person can access these details from your phone straight from the lock screen by tapping on emergency > Medical ID
Here, they will be able to see not just your name, age, sex but it also allows you to enter the telephone number of person whom you want to be contacted during emergency situations. It also can detail food habits, allergies and reactions, medical history. All this just to ensure you are taken care properly in such situations.