A Deep Dive into S Health

Updated May 11, 2015
Shauna Hundeby/Demand Media

Get healthy with some help from your S Health app. Just grab your Samsung smartphone and go. This app, already installed on smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S®6, as well as wearables like the Samsung Gear™ S, not only tracks your activity, it can monitor your heart rate, track your calories and even help ensure you're getting a good night's sleep.


Getting Close and Personal

What's good for a 21-year-old professional athlete won't necessarily be right for a 50-year-old office manager. This is why S Health prompts you for personal information when you first launch the app, like your gender, age, weight and height, as well as your normal activity level. All of this customized information is saved to your profile and generates an estimate of your body mass index, or BMI. If your weight or activity level changes, you can update your profile by tapping the More Options icon in the upper-right corner, selecting Settings and then tapping Profile.


Tracking Your Workouts

The Exercise section of S Health doesn't just track your movements; it provides a wealth of information about your workout history and can even encourage you along the way. To get started, tap Exercise in the S Health app and select your workout style—running, walking, cycling or hiking. Tap Set Workout Goal to choose from a distance goal, time goal or calories burned. Select Basic Workout if you just want to exercise without a specific goal. By default, the Audio Guide is already turned on, so you can hear your progress, such as your pace and distance, without checking your phone. Listen to your favorite music within the app, or have another music app play in the background. If you find something inspiring along a new route, you can take a photo from the S Health screen.


Measuring Your Heart Rate

S Health can calculate your heart rate with just a touch. Launch the S Health app and tap the Heart Rate icon at the bottom. The app prompts you to place your finger on the heart rate sensor, which is located below the camera and beside the flash on the back of select Galaxy phones. To get an accurate reading, sit down before you start, and stay as still as possible. Place your finger firmly, without squeezing it, on the sensor. After just a few seconds, S Health displays your heart rate. The more often you track your heart rate through each day, the more data S Health has to work with. Tap the triangle-shaped icon at the bottom of the screen after recording your heart rate to see your heart rate over hourly, daily or monthly intervals. If you want to see specific times, such as after your workouts, or if you feel some readings were incorrect, you can select or delete these entries.


Including Casual Activity

Good health doesn't stop when you get home from the gym. That's why S Health is designed to stay with you all day, measuring every step you take with its built-in pedometer. Just tap the Pedometer icon in the app when you get up each morning, and it will track your movements until you go to bed. There's no need to wear a special device either—just put the phone in your pocket and it can estimate how many steps you take as well as your speed to give you an accurate count of your steps and the calories burned. You can also set a daily goal and track your progress throughout the day to give you that extra motivation you might need to skip the elevator on the way home.


Monitoring Your Sleep Habits

The internal gyroscope inside Samsung's wearable tech devices, like the Samsung Gear S, is capable of detecting any kind of movement, including each time you move in your sleep. Before you go to bed, put on your Gear S and connect it to your smartphone. From the Apps screen, tap S Health and select Sleep. The first time you use this feature, you are asked to read some information about measuring sleep data. Tap OK and then Record Sleep. In the morning, tap I'm Awake. To see your sleep, access the Sleep utility again and swipe the screen upwards. To review your sleep patterns for the last 30 days, open the S Health app on your smartphone. Keep in mind that when S Health is monitoring your sleep, it uses blocking you to prevent you from being awakened by notifications.


Counting Calories

Say goodbye to counting calories. Just select Food Tracker in the S Health app, select your meal and S Health calculates the calories for you. For example, if you grabbed a slice of pizza for lunch or as a snack, select Lunch or Other and enter Pizza. After you specify what kind of pizza and the portion you had, S Health automatically adds these calories to your day's consumption. If you forgot to add something, add it at any time by changing the date and time to when you had the meal. S Health also gives you the option to add custom meals and add notes. You can also take a photo of your favorite meal, so that the next time you have it, you can quickly select it from the photo gallery.

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