Making the Most of Your iPhone
By Shabna Cader
I’ll be clear and honest about the fact that I am not tech savvy; the key word is ‘NOT’. There’s a couple of things I do know and am aware of, and more so than otherwise, too much that I do not know and am unaware of. That’s okay.
As someone who occasionally enjoys taking walks (brisk and otherwise), I have therefore been able to use my ‘activity’ health app on my iPhone. This app is available for free on every iPhone and counts every step you take, even stairs and adds up the distance you’ve covered in kilometres. Now, on average a healthy and regular 30-year-old should be taking 7,000 to 10,000 steps a day. This means you should be walking over 5kms a day. Question is, do you?
Even though this might sound like a health related article rather than a tech related one, the gist is that there’s more to your iPhone than you think, and you should definitely make more use out of it in ways that are beneficial to your daily routine and life. For me, I use it to count my steps and ensure I am walking at an optimal level, and here’s the thing - there’s plenty more that you can do with the health app.
The health app also includes other bodily movement related activities such as running, weights, cycling, swimming, and even workouts. The app on the activity factor allows the user to add in whatever form of movement he or she has been engaging in, and in turn this keeps track of everything like you would in a journal or calendar of sorts. Additional suggestions of making use of related workout apps do pop up, and I would highly recommend making use of some of those in line with this one.
Another section of the health app includes practising mindfulness; to quieten the mind, relax the body and be in the moment. On the app, the user can add in the number of mindful minutes from start to finish and keep track each day. Recommended apps that work alongside include one that I have tried and enjoyed myself - the Calm Mediation app. I do meditate every morning for 20 minutes, and this mindfulness sections allow me to factor in how much of my 24 hours I spend being in the moment amongst the typical wired and busy lives we all lead. Remember, there are many ways to be mindful; this is just one aspect of it.
The third section of the health app includes a space to keep track of nutrition; what we feed our bodies, eating more ‘real’ food and less junk food, and minds the amount of intake. Amongst the much nutrition, there’s also our water intake to track. Remember to modify your total fluid intake depending on how active you are, the climate and your health status. If you happen to be pregnant or breast feeding, this can be added too. Also note that most foods we eat provide about 20% of total water intake.
The last section of the health app is dedicated to sleep. This enables the user to set a bedtime, and wake up at the same time every morning, staying consistent and creating a healthy sleep schedule. The sleep analysis works from the moment you lay your phone aside for the night, and you pick it up the next morning.
In general the app also allows you to keep track of your body measurements, health records, reproductive health details, health related test results and other important vitals.
Apart from simply using your iPhone to waste away your hours and time on scrolling through social media apps, here’s the opportunity to use it in a healthier way.