Health and fit­ness

Get mov­ing and stay healthy with help from Ap­ple Watch

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One key as­pect of the Ap­ple Watch is its built in health and fit­ness fea­tures. The Watch keeps track of your move­ments, and its Ac­tiv­ity app lets you know when it’s time to stand up or go for a walk.

67 Hon­esty counts

When you first open the Ac­tiv­ity app it’ll ask you your sex, age, weight and height. An­swer the ques­tions hon­estly as they are used to de­ter­mine what level of ac­tiv­ity is ap­pro­pri­ate for your de­mo­graphic. 68 Keep an eye on your Ac­tiv­ity

Once an hour you’ll get a no­ti­fi­ca­tion ask­ing you to stand up and move around. You also get no­ti­fi­ca­tions ev­ery four hours that pro­vide an up­date on progress to­wards your daily calo­rie burn and ex­er­cise quo­tas. 69 Un­der­stand­ing Ac­tiv­ity rings

Swipe up from the bot­tom of the screen to open Glances, and then swipe hor­i­zon­tally to view the Ac­tiv­ity rings. There are three rings, coloured red, green and blue. The red one shows how many calo­ries you’ve burned to­wards your daily to­tal through gen­eral ac­tiv­ity, the green one shows brisk ac­tiv­ity, while blue tracks how many hours you have stood for at least one minute.

70 Ac­tiv­ity in de­tail

Open the Ac­tiv­ity app to view each area in de­tail. Swipe left and right to view each ring in­di­vid­u­ally and swipe up­wards on any of them to view a graph show­ing a break­down of your ac­tiv­ity over time that gives you an idea of which ac­tiv­i­ties have con­trib­uted most to your to­tals.

71 Ad­just­ing Move goals

The medium amount is 550 calo­ries. You can ad­just it by open­ing the Ac­tiv­ity app and per­form­ing a deep press. Tap Change Move Goal, use the plus and mi­nus icons to ad­just the value, then tap Up­date to com­mit to it.

72. Check­ing Pace and HeartRate

When track­ing a run with the Ac­tiv­ity app, swipe left­wards to see calo­ries burned and your heart rate. Swipe right­wards to see your pace, dis­tance and work­out time. A deep press works as a short­cut to the End and Pause but­tons. 73 Add an Ac­tiv­ity com­pli­ca­tion You can add an Ac­tiv­ity com­pli­ca­tion to most Ap­ple Watch faces. This small graphic dis­plays how well you are do­ing to­wards your daily move­ment, stand­ing and ex­er­cise goals with­out hav­ing to go to the Ac­tiv­ity app. 74 Man­age ac­tiv­ity no­ti­fi­ca­tions

Ac­tiv­ity no­ti­fi­ca­tions are man­aged from your iPhone. Open the Ap­ple Watch app and scroll down to find Ac­tiv­ity. The Progress Up­dates set­ting en­ables you to get up­dates less fre­quently than the de­fault four hours.

75 Run

with your iPhone

Ap­ple Watch cal­cu­lates calo­ries more ac­cu­rately if you ex­er­cise out­doors with both your iPhone and it to­gether. The GPS sig­nal from the iPhone is used to cal­cu­late calo­rie burn; if you run with­out an iPhone, your Watch re­lies solely on the heart rate sen­sor to cal­cu­late calo­ries. 76 Change miles to kilo­me­tres The Work­out app de­faults to miles, which is awk­ward if you’re used to track­ing runs in kilo­me­tres. Be­fore start­ing a dis­tance-based run or walk, per­form a deep press to re­veal an op­tion to switch to track­ing in kilo­me­tres in­stead.

77 Mea­sur­ing blood pres­sure

When paired with the right ac­ces­sory, your Ap­ple Watch can mon­i­tor your blood pres­sure and feed read­ings back to Ap­ple’s Health app on your iPhone. Check out the Quardio Blood Pres­sure mon­i­tor and app (getquardio.com).

78 A bet­ter hear­ing aid

The next-gen­er­a­tion of hear­ing aids in­te­grate with Ap­ple’s HealthKit tech­nol­ogy, and one of the first is Trulink’s Made for iPhone Hear­ing Aid (trulink­hear­ing.com). It in­te­grates with the Ap­ple Watch to adapt hear­ing aid set­tings to your sur­round­ings (its pre­sets ad­just au­to­mat­i­cally when you en­ter a bar or restau­rant, for ex­am­ple). It’s a clever use of the Watch and an ex­am­ple to med­i­cal com­pa­nies.

Health and fit­ness sits at the heart of the Ap­ple Watch. The Ac­tiv­ity and Work­out apps each have a range of fea­tures and set­tings to help you im­prove and main­tain your body no mat­ter how fit (or un­fit) you are at present. Ad­just­ing daily goals, set­ting no­ti­fi­ca­tions and en­sur­ing that ex­er­cise goals are mea­sured in the cor­rect units will help you stay the course.

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