Apple Fitness+ is Apple’s new exercise subscription service “powered by the Apple Watch.” It offers fitness classes for everyone—beginners and enthusiasts, alike. Here’s everything you need to know to get started. What Do You Need for Apple Fitness+? Apple Fitness Plus requires an Apple Watch Series 3 or newer and an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. The watch tracks your activity, while you follow along with the class playing on the other device. Some Apple Fitness+ classes are all bodyweight exercises. Others, like most of the strength training classes, require two small dumbbells. There are also indoor running, rowing, and cycling classes, that require a treadmill, rowing machine, or static bike, respectively. For yoga classes, a mat and blocks are useful, but not essential. Generally, you’ll also need some space to move around. A lot of the classes are high energy and involve jumping, swinging your arms, and other activities that could easily take out a nearby light fixture. … [Read more...] about How to Get Started With Apple Fitness+
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Your Apple Watch can display and rank your cardiovascular fitness using something called “VO2 Max.” Here’s what it all means, how to check your VO2 max—and how to improve it. Which Apple Watch Models Can Check VO2 Max? The Apple Watch has lagged behind sports watches (like Garmins) in how it displayed your cardio fitness. With the watchOS 7.2 update , which was released on December 14, 2020, the Apple Watch can now track your VO2 max. The Watch has actually been able to do this for a while, but it’s been a hidden option tucked away in the Health and Fitness apps. However, with the update, it’s now front and center. You can see how you stack up against other people your age, and you can get notifications if your cardiovascular fitness is low. Like many of the latest Apple Watch features, this one requires an Apple Watch Series 3 or later. This means that the Apple Watch SE is good. However, the Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2, and the original Apple Watch, won’t offer … [Read more...] about How to Check Your Cardio Fitness (VO2 Max) on an Apple Watch
The Apple Watch has been a good fitness tracker since its launch in 2015. With each subsequent generation, it’s gained additional hardware features. The latest Apple Watches can detect and monitor a few different health conditions. Caution: The Apple Watch Isn’t a Medical Device First, I must mention two big caveats. The Apple Watch is in no way a replacement for your doctor, nor is the internet, nor am I (check my bio: I’m just a writer). This article will give you an overview of the different health conditions the Apple Watch can potentially detect. Just keep in mind, the device can’t diagnose you. If you’re at all concerned about the different readings or results you get from any of the sensors, contact your doctor. Also, the Apple Watch is still relatively new. A lot of research is still being done ( you can even participate if you want ) on which conditions it can potentially monitor. Of course, we won’t see the results of those studies for a while. The Apple … [Read more...] about What Health Conditions Can an Apple Watch Detect?
If you drive to the same place every day (say, to or from work), you’d probably like to know how long it will take you to get there before you leave. Thanks to the Shortcuts on iPhone , it’s easy to make a dedicated shortcut that speaks the live commute time to your home, office, or another destination. Here’s how. Your iPhone will get this estimate from Apple Maps, predicting the current time it will take you to commute to the destination based on live traffic and other factors. First, open the Shortcuts app. If you can’t find it, swipe downward with one finger on your home screen and type “Shortcuts” in the search box. Tap the “Shortcuts” icon when you see it in the results. With Shortcuts open, tap “My Shortcuts” at the bottom of the screen, then add a new shortcut with the plus (“+”) button. In the “New Shortcut” page, tap the ellipses button (three dots in a circle), then tap the “Shortcut Name” field and enter a new name that you’d like. We chose “Speak Travel … [Read more...] about How to Hear a Commute Time Estimate in One Tap on iPhone