How Your iPhone Can Help You Live a Healthy Lifestyle
The takeaway: the iPhone Health app is a great tool for anyone looking to live a healthy lifestyle. This post will teach you how to use the app to track key health factors like activity, sleep and nutrition.
Do you ever feel like you’re too busy with work, family events and social obligations to focus on your health? When schedules get packed and to-do lists run long, it’s easy to let things like exercise, proper nutrition and sleep go by the wayside. But ignoring your health makes a busy schedule even tougher to manage. When your mind and body aren’t at full strength, it can affect your ability to concentrate and make all those tasks take even longer.
Luckily, you have an iPhone which comes equipped with the Health app to help you incorporate healthy lifestyle changes into your busy schedule. The Health app can help you:
To help you get started down the road to a healthier life, keep reading for a primer on how to use the Health app on your iPhone.
The first major category within the iPhone Health app is Activity. This feature is perfect for tracking how much you move throughout the day and helping you stay motivated. The Activity section of the Health app tracks the number of steps you take, how many flights of stairs you climb, cycling distance and more.
The Activity section of the Health app also integrates with a variety of other sources to help you manage your daily activity and exercise routines. For example, adding third-party apps like Nike Run Club allows you to track your runs, or you can sync your Apple Watch to count all the steps you take each day.
For an example of how to use other data sources, here’s how to sync your Apple Watch to track your daily steps.
The Nutrition section of the Health app is perfect if one of your healthy lifestyle goals is to start eating better. This section allows you to sync apps like Lifesum to plan out your meals and track your calorie intake. You will have to manually add your meals, but the app will take care of the rest. And, when you sync certain sources like Weight Watchers, the app can automatically add nutritional information like fat, carbs, sodium, potassium, vitamins and more for the food you enter.
Getting enough sleep is one of the key ingredients of a healthy lifestyle. In the sleep section of the Health app, you can use the Bedtime feature in your iPhone’s Clock app to set a specific time to go to bed each night. You can then set an alarm to wake up in the morning. When you pick up your phone to turn the alarm off, the app will log that as your awake time.
While your iPhone’s internal features will provide you with a basic overview, you can also sync third-party apps like Beddit and Sleep Cycle alarm clock for a more detailed look at your sleep patterns. With Sleep Cycle, you can set a wake-up window and the app will analyze your sleep pattern so your alarm goes off during your lightest sleep phase. The app also provides a detailed sleep analysis and tips for getting a better night’s rest.
The last main category within the Health app may not be as robust as the other three, but the Mindfulness section can really help you improve your mental health. Mindfulness helps you decompress and reduce stress by syncing with other apps to track how many minutes you spend a day in deep thought or just breathing. If you’re looking for a break from the everyday stress in your life, just set your favorite breathing app and let your mind stretch its legs for a while.
Outside of the four major sections of the Health app, there are several other ways you can use the Health app to live a healthy lifestyle.
In an emergency, providing critical health data to first responders can be the difference between life and death. With the Health app, you can set up a Medical ID that’s accessible from the lock screen and doesn’t require a passcode. In your Medical ID, you can add essential health information like your existing medical conditions, the medications you take and your blood type.
If part of your quest for a healthier lifestyle is dropping a little weight or losing a few inches around the waist, the Health app can help you monitor your progress. In the health app, you can manually enter or use third-party apps to track body measurements like body fat percentage, body mass index and body weight.
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