Track Health and Fitness on Your Galaxy S 4

By Bill Hughes

In addition to the Bluetooth-connected time-pieces your Galaxy S 4 offers, you can use a variety of sensors, or even wear them on your body, to track various metrics. Examples include your heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, oxygen levels in your bloodstream, and even sleeping patterns.

Each fitness solution is unique, but in general, you have an application on your phone that connects with a sensor. This sensor is often attached to your wrist for the sake of convenience.

This application monitors your status. If you should exceed a pre-set threshold, the application tells your phone what to do. If you are healthy and this sensor is for fitness, your phone can track your progress.

If you need to monitor some health condition, your status may be sent to a caregiver at a suitable priority. For example, if your heart rate is a little elevated, it could send a low-priority message to your doctor. If your condition requires urgent attention, your phone could text a caregiver or specially trained staff member.

You can be assured that you will need to acknowledge a library of disclaimers. At the end of the day, the goal is to increase the chance of getting good information to someone who can do something about it.

Fitness buffs can use the Onyx II wireless pulse oximeter from Nonin. An image is seen here.

An Onyx II wireless pulse oximeter from Nonin.

An Onyx II wireless pulse oximeter from Nonin.

Diabetics can use the FORA G31 Blood Glucose Monitoring System from TaiDoc Technology Corporation to measure their blood sugar levels, as shown.

The FORA G31 Blood Glucose Monitoring System from TaiDoc.

The FORA G31 Blood Glucose Monitoring System from TaiDoc.

There are two advantages to you for using these kinds of applications. The first is that you are probably human. As such, you are imperfect. As an imperfect human being, you do not always record your results. Your phone solves this by always recording your results. Plus, your phone probably has better handwriting than you.

In addition, your phone is set up to send the results to a tracking application that is then monitored by a health specialist. They have the knowledge and experience to flag imminent problems or promising trends. This is more sophisticated than what is available from stand-alone monitors.