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Food Journaling and More on S Health

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I’m going on day two of keeping a Food Journal on S Health and I must admit, I really like it!

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S Health is Samsung’s personal fitness tracker app. You need to purchase wearable accessories to take full advantage of all the features, but the basics available with the phone alone are pretty impressive.

Today I used it to track a short run.

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It stored my location, duration, distance, calories, average speed/pace, maximum speed/pace, elevation and, if I was wearing a heart rate monitor, it could have tracked that as well.  It’s not that different than the Nike+ or RunKeeper. There just isn’t the community or online aspect.

My favorite feature (only because I think it’s so cool) is the heart rate checker.  All you do is hold your finger here…

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and voila!

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It stores all the data and charts it as well.

There’s also a simple pedometer that pretty much works like a standard Fitbit.

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Of course you have to keep your phone in your pocket or on your person for it to work. Unless, that is, you buy a wearable accessory that communicates with it via bluetooth. Regardless, I think it’s pretty cool!

Surprisingly, I actually  liked their little personal health assessment tool too. Normally I find that stuff kind of cheesy but this one was fun. It asked some pretty basic questions and then gave you scores in these categories*.

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Then you can set goals based on the results and they give you little tips and tricks.

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As for the food journal, I’m finding their database to be pretty robust. I’ve been able to find everything I’ve eaten so far and entering it is a cinch. Again, it’s similar to tools like MyFitnessPal or Loseit without the community aspect, which, to be honest, I’m kind of digging right now. Sometimes you just don’t need to the world to know you had eggs for breakfast.

Any other S Health Users out there? I know many of you have Fitbits. What other tools are you using? I love seeing the technology in this space become more and more accessible and fun. Even The Husband turned on his pedometer in S Health. This is a man who wouldn’t be caught dead with a Fitbit. His steps were so low he agreed to walk with me to pick up Little Bean!

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Now that’s impressive. It’s amazing what a little extra knowledge does for your motivation.

*I guessed at my weight for the assessment. I haven’t gotten on a scale in almonst a year and I’m not starting now! Which reminds me, there is a weight tracker and chart in the app as well. I’m just choosing not to use it.

Note: I am in no way affiliated with Samsung. This is not a sponsored post.



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Discussion

There are 12 comments so far.

    Laurie Runs Life

    October 20, 2014

    I haven’t used many of the features, but I use S Health too – mostly for the pedometer. I sync my steps with the Galaxy Gear and it’s perfect for me! It’s really encouraging me to do more of the what you can when you can thing ;)

      RoniNoone

      October 21, 2014

      Do you think the Galaxy Gear is worth it? I’m not sold yet.

      Laurie Runs Life

      October 21, 2014

      I wasn’t sure – I was actually planning to buy a Fitbit, but when I went to the website to buy it the Gear was on sale for the same price as the Fitbit I wanted. So far I love it – but it really does depend on what you want. It does the heartrate thing ok (a little more easily than the phone anyway), I love seeing messaging and phone call notifications on my wrist and I really love being able to control my music from the Gear. So for me – totally worth it and my mom liked mine so much she bought one. But it’s not a perfect option for everyone :)

    Katie @ RunWildInAlaska

    October 21, 2014

    That app looks awesome. I’m such a sucker for anything like that. Too bad (luckily?) I have an iphone!

      RoniNoone

      October 21, 2014

      No, that’s a “too bad.” ;)

    Amy Hartling

    October 21, 2014

    I use it, but not fully. I am going to add food journaling this week. I downloaded Lark which is suppose to analyze the walking and be encouraging… think coach on the phone.

      RoniNoone

      October 21, 2014

      Thanks! I’ll check it out!

      Laurie Runs Life

      October 21, 2014

      I use the Lark app sometimes on my phone – it’s cute! But I don’t keep my phone always on me while moving so it doesn’t catch all my activity.

    syd

    October 21, 2014

    I use MyFitnessPal and also the Pacer app on my iphone. I have always been active when it comes to walking but the pacer app keeps me motivated to keep my step count up by taking extra walks when I see it lower than 10000 on a daily basis, so that is great. MyFitnessPal works great for me for a week or two at a time, then I lose the motivation to log my food. When I use it I find it very helpful, but I am not sure if I can use something like that on a regular basis. When I cook a lot at home or eat out it gets tricky to list out all the ingredients, and then I give up. It is amazing to see how the calories pile up though if you don’t watch what you eat and how much you eat. Quite scary!

    Joy @ WhatIWeighToday.com

    October 21, 2014

    I love fitness apps and trackers but I feel pretty locked in to all things Fitbit at this point even though I’m not crazy about the food journaling portion of the system. This one looks cool though!

    Jonathan Franklin

    October 21, 2014

    I’m impressed with the features available from smartphones these days, I use Strava a lot for running and cycling but I think Apple need to play catchup with the likes of Samsung who seem to be making big strides with their offering.

    What I’d like to see in the future is a smartphone which can automatically tract what you eat and drink.

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    November 16, 2014

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