While it has some drawbacks, there is no way to argue that smart technology is not a useful tool. One of the tools that has grown in popularity is the health app on smart phones. People use health apps for a wide range of reasons. For some, it is simply an exercise and workout tracker. For others, it is actually a medical tool that saves them a lot of time and worry.
A majority of the functions for the health app have to be monitored by smart watches or other apps. We do not officially endorse any of these products, they are simply what Apple suggests as the most compatible with the health app.
The Main Four
When users open the app, there are four main tiles that greet them. They are activity, mindfulness, nutrition, and sleep. These are the four major components of health in general that Apple chose to focus on.
Activity tracks the iPhone’s movements to determine how much physical activity the user is doing. The activity monitoring can be connected to an smart watch, but the phone itself is also a viable option.
The app tracks the number of steps taken, the distanced travelled, and the flights of stairs climbed in a day. Those numbers are all logged and saved on the day in the in-app calendar. Users also have the ability to track that data over the course of weeks, months, and even years.
The Mindfulness tile tracks user’s meditation time, as well as other mindfulness activities. Apple recommends apps such as 10% Happier: Meditation, Calm, and Headspace. On these apps, users record the time spent on meditation and mindfulness. The Health app again logs these numbers and users track them over the course of time.
The Nutrition portion of the app gives users a space to document all their food data. Apple recommends apps such as Lifesum, MyFitnessPal, and 8fit Workouts & Meal Planner. Users have the option to document intake from Biotin and Caffeine to Water and Zinc. The tag line for the Nutrition portion is “Eat more real food. Eat less junk food. Mind the amount.”
People are increasingly knowledgeable about how much health impacts sleep, and the Health app is here to help track that. Apple does recommend some apps ( Sleep++, Sleepiest, etc.), but there’s an easier way to track sleep cycles. The clock app has a Bedtime option that will help log sleeping hours for you.
There are a few other options for tracking on the health app.
- Body Measurements
- Health Records
- This is mainly for smartwatch users. People can track blood pressure, resting hert rate and more.
- Reproductive Health. For women tracking their menstrual cycle.