How to use Cardio Fitness on iPhone and Apple Watch

Another valuable health feature has been added to iPhone and Apple Watch with iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2 – Cardio Fitness. The measurement is based on your VO2 max Apple Watch can estimate when registering certain workspaces. Continue to take a look at how to use Cardio Fitness on iPhone and Apple Watch including why it’s important, how to set it up, and how you can measure Cardio Fitness levels / see.

Here’s how Apple describes Cardio Fitness levels:

With iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2, Apple Watch users can see their cardio fitness level in the Health app on iPhone, and be notified on Apple Watch if it’s within the low range. Breakthrough technology released in watchOS 7 allows Apple Watch to easily measure low cardio fitness, and today cardio fitness reports empower users to be more proactive for benefits. amazing long-term health.

Cardiorespiratory fitness, as measured by VO2 max, is the maximum amount of oxygen that the body can use during exercise, and can be increased through physical activity. The Apple Watch already estimates average and higher levels of VO2 max during active outdoor rides, running, or walking, which many runners and other athletes monitor to improve performance.

Basically, Cardio Fitness is one metric that signals overall health and can predict long-term health. While there is a correlation between low Cardio Fitness levels and future health issues, you have the power to increase your levels with regular aerobic exercise 🙂.

How to use Cardio Fitness on iPhone and Apple Watch

Setting it

  • Make sure you have upgraded to iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2 on your iPhone and Apple Watch
  • When you open the Health app for the first time after an update, you should see some new shower screens about the new ECG and Cardio Fitness features
  • If you don’t see it automatically, you can tap Browse > Heart
  • Look for the blue Set up button under Cardio Fitness Levels
  • Follow these tips to verify your health information
  • You can choose to turn on Low Cardio Fitness Brakes for your Apple Watch
  • Now you will see Cardio Fitness appear under the Heart section in the Health app

Here’s what the set-up process looks like:

How to use Cardio Fitness iPhone and Apple Watch walkthrough

How to measure Cardio Fitness with Apple Watch

  • You won’t see Cardio Fitness level data points for every activity recorded by Apple Watch, here’s what Apple says:
    • Apple Watch can record an estimate of VO2 between 14 and 60 mL / kg / min when you do brisk walking, jogging, or running outdoors with continuous heart rate measurement. It can estimate your VO2 max if you start one of these workouts in the Workouts app
    • VO2 max is tested for users 20 and older. Most people can improve their VO2 max with more intense and frequent cardiovascular exercise. Certain conditions or medications that restrict your heart rate can cause an overdose of your VO2 max. You can state that you are taking certain medications in the health information.
    • You can read more details about Cardio Fitness in the Cardio Fitness section of the Health app.

Important thing to keep in mind: this means you won’t see Cardio Fitness data measured by Apple Fitness + workouts (unless Apple expands what types of exercises record VO2 max).

Interestingly, Cardio Fitness levels appear even for walk / walk / outdoor running workouts you did before iOS 14.3. You can tap the schedule icons at the top of Cardio Fitness to view daily, weekly, monthly and yearly data (see more on this below).

Apple notes that cycling is another great aerobic exercise to improve Cardio Fitness, but for now, it’s not like monitoring bike rides on an Apple Watch record Cardio Fitness data for now.

How to watch Cardio Fitness rates on iPhone

  • You can check your Cardio Fitness levels anytime by going to the Health app
  • Tap Browse> Heart> Cardio Fitness
  • Tap on the blue “Show All Cardio Fitness Level” to see all your data
  • Now you can see the months you have been in the low, below average, above average, and high categories
  • If you happen to have another device that measures VO2 max (or if you have obtained professionally measured) you can add “Add Data” in the top right hand corner to measure manually
How to use Cardio Fitness on iPhone Apple Watch walkthrough more

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