A new feature in Samsung’s S-Health app may make fitness freaks and athletes especially endurance sports persons around the world a fan of this App. It takes level of fitness Apps to another level where it acts as a personal coach who has a degree of physician under his belt.
Result: one would avoid injuries due to overtraining as information like which and with what intensity s/he should perform an exercise will be available.
But, how? Well, because technically it will be doing what a physician does: he monitors your heart rate, BMI, and few other things and based on a linear relationship between these factors, measures your fitness level and recommends which exercise you should and with how much intensity.
Moreover, unlike a Sports doc, it will always be there with you, in your smartphone, ready to consult you every day! And when comes making evaluation of your capabilities to perform a particular exercise, it does better job than a sports doc.
How? I like it when you ask me questions: well, because, unlike a sports doc, it finds non-linear relationships between heart rate, BMI, etc. Also, it uses statistical analysis – regression— for making better recommendation.
Have you even seen a sport doc sitting with a notebook and pen to perform regression analysis before making a recommendation? Me neither!
If you are wondering from where I got this information then I would like you to know that I got it from here.
How the app will determine how much you should exercise?
Like every fitness app, you gotta provide your age, sex, name, weight, BMI, etc. To evaluate exercising capacity, it collects heart rate data and performs statistical analysis on that. It also compares standard strengths for performing an exercise with that of a user for making an evaluation.
To make better evaluation, it also takes ventilatory threshold – point where you no longer can talk while exercising – and the lactate threshold into consideration.
Not only this, after the evaluation, the App knows healthiness score of a user and uses that to predict how much a user is susceptible to blood pressure abnormalities, blood glucose abnormalities, obesity etc. In other words, it provides a warning about the metabolic disease risk.
Providing warning is job half done. Until you are not helping someone avoids these risks. And the App is doing its job fully. It also suggests lifestyle changes to reduce risk of metabolic disease.
The suggestion includes a recommendation for an exercise – walking for example– diet change, nutrients one should take more, etc.