YOUR iPhone can track your gait — and even help you identify a health issue.
The Genius data is stored in your health app and can be viewed at any time.
We carry our smartphones with us all the time so that they can reveal a lot about our way of life and movement.
And because we usually keep ours iPhones in our pockets it’s much easier to monitor how we walk.
In the Apple Health app, you’ll find a special metric called Walking Steadiness.
“This is an estimate of your stability while walking.” Apple explained.
“Your stability is also related to your risk of falling.
“As stability decreases, your risk of falling increases.
“Walking safety is not an indication of how likely you are to fall at any given moment, but an overall sense of fall risk over the next 12 months.”
It works when you carry your iPhone in a pocket or in a holder near your waist.
If you have notifications set up, you will also be alerted when your stability is “low or very low”.
Receiving a low steadiness notification can be a good reason to see a doctor.
Walk this way
But smooth running isn’t the only running metric your iPhone can track.
In fact, it can also monitor your walking asymmetry, average walking speed, stride length, double support time, and up and down stairs speed.
Gait asymmetry shows whether you have an even or uneven gait pattern.
“With a healthy walking pattern, the timing of the steps you take with each foot is very similar,” Apple explains.
“Gait asymmetry is the percentage of time that your stride is faster or slower with one foot than with the other foot.
“This means that the lower the percentage of asymmetry, the healthier your running behavior is.”
Apple adds: “Uneven walking patterns like limping can be a sign of illness, injury, or other health problems.
“A steady or symmetrical gait is often an important goal of physical therapy when recovering from an injury.”
Also of interest is the double support time, which indicates how much time both feet are on the ground during a walk.
The lower the value, the more time you spend with your weight on one foot instead.
According to Apple, this can be a sign of better balance.
It varies, of course, depending on the terrain and can increase with age.
Changes in strength, coordination, and balance can affect your two-foot contact time.
It’s worth checking the Health app to see if your walking habits have changed suddenly or significantly.
And if you are worried about your health, consult a doctor.
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