Five ways Apple Watch improves your health

Apple puts tremendous emphasis on the health functions of the Apple Watch. The watch also includes several sensors to measure your physical condition. Apple Watch will help you to know more about your own body and to better monitor your health. How will Apple affect the health care and how we treat our bodies? We discuss in this article five examples.

1. HealthKit

Healthkit Apple WatchApps for iPhone can collect HealthKit health information, which is then sent to the official Health app. This shows you in one place how much you have exercised through running apps like Endomondo, Nike + Running and Runtastic, or you know how many steps you’ve taken with trackers like Jawbone Up. The arrival of the Apple Watch makes it unnecessary to carry a separate fitness tracker. You gather your health information unnoticed, with all kinds of other applications can reuse the data. You, therefore, see faster the connection between unhealthy behavior and its impact on your health. Apple Watch keeps track of how much you walk one day and passes it on to the Health app, also showing your average heart rate. This is all your personal medical information collected in one place.

2. Heart rate monitors are getting conventional

Apple Watch Heart rate sensor
Apple Watch has a built in heart rate sensor.

With Apple Watch, we’re going to do something new in the field of health: you continually measure your heart rate. Even if you are healthy, you can monitor your heart rate to see for example if you are exposed to stress. This has major implications for both ourselves and for the medical world. You can keep an eye on how your heart rate reign on an exciting movie or a cup of coffee. Doctors may use these data for research, by looking at a large group of users how the heart functions under certain circumstances. Something that Apple’s ResearchKit can be used for. Also, you could detect earlier medical problems on the elderly and people with cardiovascular disease, so you can prevent a heart attack or stroke.

3. Notifications help you to move more

Apple Watch haptic
Sitting is an unhealthy activity. Do you want to move more and sit less? Apple Watch can help you move more by warning you that it is time to take an exercise. This can be especially useful with seated professions. Apple Watch gives a slap on the wrist and displays a warning on the screen. You will be encouraged to move faster – without needing a personal trainer.

4. You can easily set goals

Suppose you intend to walk more. How do you keep track of that? The step counter unit in the Apple Watch makes that easier because you always have the Watch with you. Apple Watch can show how much you have moved today, but can also compare the number of steps with last week. That information can be used again to make yourself easier to set a goal.

Can’t make it to 10,000 steps? Apple Watch can encourage you to make an extra detour. Health information is more tangible because you maintain your data more actively.

5. Complete image

The Activities app on Apple Watch keeps track of all your activities. The app knows how much you exercise and whether you are inactive for too long. Circles indicate whether you’re on track.

Therefore, you get at a glance a complete picture of your behavior. This enables you to see exactly in which periods you have taken less good care of yourself. Apple Watch collects data that you can share with your doctor or physiotherapist so that they can make a tailored treatment plan.

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