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Walking stability is a useful tool for seniors to learn about fall risk. Here's how to turn on walk stability notifications in iOS 16.
Walk stability, available on iPhone 8 or later and iOS 15 or later, uses algorithms to track metrics such as walking speed, stride length, walking asymmetry, and double time. supports.
They are graded with an overall score of OK, Poor, or Very Poor to assess their risk of falling over the next 12 months. In addition, the Health app has exercises to help improve walking stability.
- OK – Walking stability is normal at this level and there is no risk of falling in the next 12 months.
- Low – At this level, walking stability has decreased to a level where there is an increased risk of falling over the next 12 months.
- Very Low – At this level, walking stability is very unstable , and there is a high risk of falling in the next 12 months.
The iPhone sends a notification if a person's resilience goes low or stays low. These notifications, along with walking stability data or other health data, may be shared with friends, family, and caregivers.
- Open the Health app.
- On the Overview screen, which is under the square tab at the bottom, press Mobility, then select Sustained Traffic Notifications.
- Next, another menu will appear called >Walk Stability Notifications at the bottom of the page. Above it, there is an option to favorite it so that it appears in the Summary tab for faster access.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to set it up, which may include entering or confirming details such as height. , weight, and date of birth.
Walking stability requires iPhone to be in your front pocket or waist pocket while walking to accurately detect movement.
Exercises to Improve Mobility
The Health app has an article called Exercise. This can improve walking stability. This explains why resilience can decrease due to injury, vision loss, age, or another factor.
Here are some examples of exercises found here. They include an explanation of each session and animations from Fitness+ trainers. These exercises do not require a Fitness+ subscription.
- Sit and stand – this will help strengthen your upper leg muscles.
- Toe raises – this will strengthen your calf muscles .
- Hip Abduction – Strengthens the thigh muscles for better balance.
- Heel and Toe Walk – This is another exercise for balance improvements.
- Figure 8 walking. This exercise can improve balance and strength over time.
It looks like users can click on the link below to download a PDF with more information about these exercises. This PDF can be saved in the Files app for later use.
The Concept of Walking Stability
Another article in the Health app is called Understanding Stability when walking”. It explains what it is, why it should be monitored, and how to improve it with the exercises above.
Go to Overview > Mobility will show a diagram of walking stability. There are views to view data for one month, six months, and one year. Swiping left and right across the chart will show you the individual days and how your walking stability has changed with the orange blocks.