Apple Watch now monitors cardio fitness: Here’s how to use the new feature

With the latest iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2 updates, Apple Watch will now help you monitor low cardio fitness levels

Apple has always been big on fitness and healthy, hence why it continues to release stunning Apple Watch models. With the latest update, the Apple Watch users will be able to monitor their cardiorespiratory fitness levels on iPhones and receive notifications if it falls in the lower range.

Thanks to the new iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2 updates, the users will be able to measure low cardio fitness for long-term health benefits.

Health: key focus of the Apple Watch

Before this update, the Apple Watch measured the VO2 max (the maximum oxygen the body can use when exercising, typically used for measuring someone’s fitness level) but just for average or higher levels. However, Apple Watch will now be able to estimate lower levels, offering less active users a better picture of their overall fitness.

In order to do that, the Watch will use multiple sensors including GPS, accelerometer, optical heart sensor, and more. Apple claims it is a breakthrough as accurately measuring the VO2 max requires clinical testing using specialized equipment.

The idea of monitoring your cardio fitness level through the Apple Watch is beneficial, as low CRF is a strong predictor of the risk of stroke, high blood pressure, and developing heart-related diseases in life. Generally, the higher your cardiovascular fitness level, the lower your chances of developing significant health issues.

Apple Watch

Monitoring your fitness levels through the Apple Watch is definitely beneficial. Low CRF (cardiorespiratory fitness) will be a strong predictor of the risk of developing heart-related diseases, stroke, and high blood pressure. Generally, if you have higher cardiovascular fitness levels, the lower will be your possibility to develop significant health issues.

Set up cardio fitness levels in iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2

For using the Apple Watch’s new Cardio Fitness Level feature, you’ll have to update your iPhone and Apple Watch to the latest software versions. Then, you’ll need to set up the Cardio Fitness Level feature on your iPhone’s Apple Health app. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you do that.

  1. Make sure that you have the latest software versions on your iPhone and Apple Watch
  2. On your iPhone, open the Health app
  3. Now, tap the Browse tap that you’ll find at the bottom
  4. Search for the Cardio Fitness option
  5. Scroll to Cardio Fitness Levels and tap on Set Up
  6. Enter your health data
  7. Tap to learn more about Cardio Fitness
  8. Turn on Notifications if you want to receive alerts about your cardio fitness level being low
  9. If not, tap on Not Now
  10. Finish by tapping on Done

Once the setup is done, your cardio fitness measurements will be taken by the watch. The watch will notify you if your cardio fitness levels are above/below average. In case the levels remain below average, the watch will send you notifications on how to improve it.



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