YOUR iPhone tracks your stability – and can even reveal if you’re at risk of falling.
Genius data is stored inside your Health app and can be viewed at any time.
We carry our smartphones with us all the time, so they can reveal a lot about the way we live and move around.
And since we often keep our iPhones in our pockets, it’s much easier to keep track of how we’re commuting.
Inside the Apple Health app, you’ll find a special metric called Walking Stability.
“This is an estimate of your stability while walking,” explains Apple.
“Your stability is also related to your risk of falling.
“As stability goes down, the risk of falls increases.
“Stability Step is not an indication of your likelihood of falling at any given time, but rather an overall sense of your risk of falling over the next 12 months.”
It works when you carry your iPhone in your pocket or in a cradle near your waist.
If you’ve set up notifications, you’ll also be alerted when your stability is “low or very low”.
Receiving a low steady-state warning can be a good reason to check with your doctor.
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But Steady Walking isn’t the only walking metric your iPhone can track.
In fact, it can also track your walking asymmetry, average walking speed, step length, double assist time, and stair ascending and descending speed.
Asymmetrical gait indicates whether you have an even or irregular gait.
“In a healthy walking pattern, the duration of the steps you take with each foot is very similar,” explains Apple.
“Asymmetric walking is the percentage of the time your steps with one foot are faster or slower than the other.
“This means that the lower the percentage of asymmetry, the healthier your walking pattern.”
Apple adds: “Irregular walking patterns, such as a limp, can be a sign of illness, injury, or other health problems.
“Standard or symmetrical walking is often an important physical therapy goal when recovering from an injury.”
Also interesting is Double Support Time, which is the time both your feet stay on the ground while walking.
The lower the value, the more time you spend with your weight on one foot rather than too much.
This could be a sign of a better balance, according to Apple.
It will change naturally depending on the terrain and can increase with age.
Changes in strength, coordination, and balance can affect your bipedal contact time.
You should check the Health app to see if there are any sudden or significant changes to your walking habits.
And if you’re concerned about your health, see a medical professional for a checkup.
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