Why should you use Samsung Health

Why should you use Samsung Health

There is a common assumption that apps created by the phone vendor itself are no good. That’s true most of the time, especially with Android phones, but not always. For example, Samsung Health is a great app for your fitness needs.

You don’t even need a Samsung phone

For a long time, I maintained this same hypothesis. I used Samsung Health on my Samsung watch because there aren’t many great alternatives, but I didn’t want to use the app on my phone. I did things like sync all my data with Google Fit rather than just trying the Samsung Health phone app.

Well, it turns out that the Samsung Health phone app is actually quite good. I should have tried it much sooner. You also don’t need a Samsung phone to use Samsung Health. Anyone can download it from Google Play Store Where Apple App Store.

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Health Tracking

Health tracking.

Let’s knock out the basics: Samsung Health has all the health tracking capabilities you’d expect, and maybe a few extras too. First, he can follow the steps. Whether you have a smartwatch or just a phone in your pocket, the app can track your steps.

In addition to steps, you can track heart rate (compatible device required), weight and BMI, calorie intake, amount of water you drink, blood sugar, blood pressure, female cycle and heart rate. sleep.

With just about all of these things, you get a nice read of the information in the charts. It’s very easy to see how your weight has fluctuated over time, your heart rate throughout the day and much more. This is arguably even more important than the tracking itself. If the data is not used wisely, there is little point in saving it.

Exercise tracking

Exercise tracking.

The second type of tracking you might want to do is exercise tracking. Samsung Health can track all major activities, such as running, walking, cycling, swimming, etc. However, it goes far beyond day-to-day activities.

For example, there is not only “Running” as a basic activity. There’s also a ‘Running Coach’ who can provide guidance during a run and there’s also a ‘Treadmill’ mode. Similarly, there are “Cycling”, “MTB” and “Exercise bike”.

If you do a lot of your workouts in a gym, there are plenty of activities for that too. “Circuit Training”, “Weight Machines”, “Arm Curls”, “Bench Press”, “Deadlifts”, and many more. Heck, Samsung even has a “Hang Gliding” follow-up.

Just like with the health tracker, all of your fitness tracker gets nice charts and graphs to help you see your progress. You can view your stats in monthly and yearly readings and change which metrics you want to see.

Breakdown of activities

Sticking with fitness tracking, many activities offer a wide range of information about individual events. This may depend on the type of device you are using for tracking. I use a smartwatch while running which means I get a lot of information.

Running chart.

The chart above shows my pace, elevation, cadence, and heart rate as they changed throughout the run.

Heart rate chart.

Then I can see what zone my heart rate was in during the run.

Race form.

For running, there is an “Advanced running metrics” section that contains some interesting information about your form.

There is a lot of information you can browse here. Not all activities have this much information available, but many do. Few apps I’ve tried provide such detailed analysis.

Daily goals

Daily goals.

If you don’t care so much to dive into the details, Samsung Health also offers a very user-friendly “Daily Activity” graph. The heart-shaped graph shows your steps, active time, and the number of calories you’ve burned through activity.

The good thing is that these measurements can be customized for yourself. 6,000 steps might not be realistic for your daily life (it’s not for mine), so you can make it a more attainable goal. Ditto for activity time and calories.

Samsung also puts this little graph on the calendar so you can see how you’ve been doing over the past few days. The goal is to fill the rings as much as possible. It’s a fun and easy way to see how active you were that day.

Compete with friends

Training with friends.

The last feature is something I haven’t personally used, but I think it would be fun. The “Together” tab is used to create challenges with your friends and organize a friendly competition.

For example, you can create a challenge to be the first person to reach a certain number of steps or distance. These challenges can be set up for individual competitions or to compete as a team.

If you don’t feel like challenging your friends, you can also join Samsung Health challenges with other users. No matter what type of challenge you choose, you can always see where you are on a leaderboard. And if you like prizes, there are achievements to be won.

I think the moral of the story here is to not overlook manufacturer apps. I assumed Samsung Health was the company’s half-hearted attempt to have its own version of Google Fit. In fact, it’s much, much better than Google Fit, and more people should know that. If you are looking for a good health app, try this one.

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