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Tip 12 - Show Last Displayed Screen

When you open the Watch app, you have the choice to open the last displayed screen when a complication is tapped instead of displaying the related function. For example, you may have the Steps Dial as a complication on your Watch face, but you would prefer it to open the last viewed screen which may be the Daily Pulse graph instead of going into the Steps screen each time. This gives you the option.

To setup, on the Watch app go into the Settings menu and scroll down until you see the 'Open Only' switch.

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Tip 11 - Watch Complications

Complications are widget like displays on your Watch face. HeartWatch has an incredible array of customisable complications to suit different Watches and different needs, all controlled through the Watch. Better yet, the complications act as shortcuts through to the function in HeartWatch. See the image below with reference to a couple special ones:

Activity & Date (see the top left complication) - its so annoying when you have to use up a complication just for a Date, so we combined one with Activity! The outer red one is for Move, the inner orange one is for Steps. The circles represent your progress towards your goal, a full circle being 100%. The day and date of month display in the middle.

Pulse Graph (see middle complication) - a fantastic large rectangular graph complication for those users wishing to see a current trend line for their Daily heart rate. This complication shows the last 3 hours. You can see a large maximum dot and minimum dot indicating the high and low points.

Refer here for more information on setting up.

Tip 10 - Touch & Hold

HeartWatch tiles on the Today tab can be touched and held to open the Dashboards view. By using a single finger, hold the touch on the screen for one second to trigger the action (also sometimes referred to as a force press). As seen in the example below, when I touch and hold the Daily bpm tile it opens the Dashboards view, pre-loading and presenting all my Daily heart rate data and trends.

Tip 9 - Workouts Breakdown

On the Today tab under the Workouts section, you will see a 6 Week Breakdown graph. This looks at all your recorded exercise sessions over the past 6 weeks, summarising the top 5 activity types. This is a fantastic view at a glance to easily understand your longer term progress across multiple exercises.

Under the pie graph you will see 3 options called 'Cals - Time - Load'. Tap on each one and the pie graph and % will update. 'Cals' is great for understanding your energy expenditure, 'Time' helps view the amount of duration and 'Load' provides insights on your training volume intensity.

Tip 8 - Journal Entries

The Journal tab is a bit like a diary entry about your health. The Journal can be found in the bottom Navigation bar by tapping the Journal tab (see below). This will show all notes entered from the Watch or those entered directly into the iPhone using HeartWatch for that day.

The Journal is primarily used for recording (1) notes and diary entries and (2) measurements on your vitals, such as weight and blood pressure. Any recording will then show in a running list view to allow you to easily see your history over time or navigate to the information you need.

Tip 7 - Adding Measures with Your iPhone

Using the Journal in the iPhone app lets you easily add key measurements like weight and blood pressure. Just open the HeartWatch app on your iPhone, go into the Journal tab, select the new icon and then 'Add a Measure'. You will then be presented with the following screen:

Tip 6 - Date Ranges

When in the Calendar looking at all your amazing information you have collected in HeartWatch, you can tap on the date period and it will drop down to give you additional options. You can filter the data between these periods: 6 Weeks; 3 Months; 6 Months; 9 Months and 12 Months. As soon as select an option, all graphs will automatically update super fast!

Tip 5 - Watch Quick Links

One of the best features on the Watch app is the ability to jump straight into a workout, take a measure or record a note. Just open HeartWatch on your Watch and 'press & hold' anywhere on the screen and you will see the Quick Links open. Just tap what you are after and away you go in no time at all! It looks like this:

Tip 4 - Turning Tiles On & Off

Did you know you can elect which tiles you would like to see on the Today tab? For example, if you have no need to see the Blood Pressure tile, just turn it off to free up your screen.

To do this, open HeartWatch on your iPhone and go into Settings (its a little red cog in the top right of the screen), then tap on HeartWatch Tiles. We also added a shortcut on the Today view, just tap the 'Add/Remove Tiles' which is under the Wellness and Activity sections. It looks like this:

You can now see all the options available. Any items with a tick will show, those without a tick will be hidden. Just tap on each one to turn on or off as required.

Note: similar to the above, you can also add/remove story panels from the Morning Briefing in the News tab. Just scroll to the bottom of Morning Briefing and tap 'Add/Remove Stories'

Tip 3 - What Do The Colours Mean?

On the Today view, your Daily bpm, Sedentary bpm and Sleep bpm tiles will show a circle badge with coloured ring layers. These colours provide an easy glimpse to see how long your heart has spent in different zones.

By default, HeartWatch uses the following colours and zones to present your regular heart rate data, both in heart badges and charts. It is generally understood that a regular resting heart rate is from 60-100 bpm though resting heart rates from 50-60 bpm are common amongst healthy individuals.

  • Red: Elevated - Greater than or equal to 100bpm.

  • Purple: High Resting - Greater than or equal to 80 & less than 100bpm.

  • Blue: Resting - Greater than or equal to 55 and less than 80bpm. This is recognised as a healthy resting heart rate.

  • Pinkish Brown: Low - Lower than 55 and greater than or equal to 40bpm.

  • Brown: Very Low - Lower than 40bpm.

Tap on the tile and it will open the Details page, where you can see the breakup % of each heartrate zone including a graph with all the measurements.

More information on badge colours can be found in the Glossary page.

Tip 2 - Just Talk to Enter Weight

Recently weighed yourself and want to record the measure? No need to grab your iPhone, just open HeartWatch on your Apple Watch and speak in the weight. It's that easy.

Note this also works for other metrics like body temperature, blood pressure, blood glucose, waist, blood oxygen and so on, but for this example we will use body weight.

Steps to record your Weight using your Watch:

  1. Open HeartWatch on your Apple Watch

  2. Scroll down to Speak

  3. An example screen with instructions will show, tap the yellow button at the bottom

  4. Tap the microphone in the bottom right corner of your Watch

  5. Say "79.5 kg" or "175 lbs" or the standard weight metric for your region and select Done

  6. A confirmation message will show, such as "Body Weight = 79.5kg". Tap Add to Save.

To follow your Weight over time:

  • Add the Weight tile to your Today view. Go to the Wellness page to find out how.

  • Monitor your Weight over a 12 month period, looking at 7 day or 21 day trends. Go to the Dashboards page to find out more.

Learn more about using Speak here, or you can always still use the Journal on the iPhone to enter key metrics.

Tip 1 - Using Heart Rate Recovery

Tracking your Heart Rate Recovery is a great feature for monitoring your pulse drop over a controlled time, as it is a very good indicator of fitness.

Steps to Perform a Recovery Measure:

  1. At the end of a Workout using HeartWatch, instead of selecting 'Save' you can tap a button called 'Recovery' elect to start a 2 minute recovery period

  2. Be sure to sit still or rest when taking the recovery measure for 2 minutes for an accurate measure

  3. A 2 minute countdown will start showing your pulse drop

  4. After 2 minutes, a recovery star rating will show and also how many heartbeats you dropped. The star rating is dependant on your gender and age.

  5. The workout will automatically save as normal following the recovery, just follow the steps

Note your heart rate has to be slightly elevated to perform a 2min recovery reading, your watch will notify you if too low to record a measurement. Refer to the Workouts section to discover more about the recovery ratings.

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