Siri Shortcuts Helps You Maintain Health and Fitness Routines

Christine Persaud


Published: 03/04/2019 09:41:03 AM EST in Mobile

Siri Shortcuts Helps You Maintain Health and Fitness Routines

New Siri Shortcuts for Apple devices, including the iPhone, Watch, iPad, HomePod, AirPods, and CarPlay, helps users better manage their health and fitness routines through easier access to apps.

Using on-device intelligence, Siri Shortcuts allow you to easily access and use favourite apps with a tap, or by asking Siri. New Siri Shortcuts provide performance stats in real time and help make training easier. Skiers can use Siri Shortcuts on the Snoww app, for example, to start a run by saying "Hey Siri, let's ski!" and get information about the speed, elevation drops, and distance traveled by raising their wrist to trigger Siri on Apple Watch ("Hey Siri, how was my run?")

In HomeCourt's latest update, you can ask Siri to start a dribble workout on iPad or iPhone. And with the Nike Run Club app, runners can use Siri to start a run and get proactive suggestions based on running habits.

Third-party health devices are integrating Siri Shortcuts into their apps as well for easier data retrieval and control, both at home and on the go. The QardioArm smart blood pressure monitor now lets you ask Siri to remotely check in on family members. For example, people who care for an aging parent can ask, "Hey Siri, what's mom's blood pressure?" and get that information wherever they are, on their iPhone or Apple Watch.

With the Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitoring System, people with diabetes can better track and manage blood glucose levels by asking Siri, "What's my glucose level?"

Siri Shortcuts can also be used with apps that are meant to help you watch your diet, ensure you get enough sleep, break a certain bad habit, or remember to take medications and vitamins. With apps like Streaks, WaterMinder, and Yazio, you can track daily habits and see how long you can keep them going by asking Siri to log almost any type of activity, such as hydration, exercise, flossing, sugar and caffeine intake, even walking the dog.

With AutoSleep, Siri Shortcuts track sleep quality with Apple Watch or iPhone, providing information when asked about hours slept, quality of sleep, deep sleep, updates on reaching a sleep goal, latest bedtime, and more.

For those who want to go further in customizing a full fitness routine using Siri, the Shortcuts app allows you to build your own multi-step shortcuts that include actions from multiple apps to create automations. For example, you can create a shortcut telling Siri, "Heading to the gym." Upon arrival, start the workout with an app like Nike Run Club, cue a workout playlist, and enable Do Not Disturb until leaving the gym.

A how-to for using the Shortcuts app can be found at support.apple.com/guide/shortcuts. Based on how customers use their devices, Siri will suggest simple, useful shortcuts when needed on the Lock screen or in Search. Additionally, you can look for the "Add to Siri" button in the apps you use, or go to Settings > Siri & Search > All Shortcuts to see which apps offer shortcuts and to set a personal phrase to run them with.





Article Tags:  siri, shortcuts, apple, iPhone, apple watch, voice assistant, fitness, health, monitoring

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