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NC #670 Paintcode, Apple Watch Health Tracking, Stretch Timer, We.Stream, Bellus 3D, Cyber Essentials, Rings

Allister Jenks stands in for a vacationing Allison Sheridan. We have a review of Paintcode, a story of using the Apple Watch to track health in ways other than the Activity app, Allister’s own health app Stretch Timer, two interviews from CES with We.Stream and Bellus3D, some security tips with Cyber Essentials, and a fun casual iOS game, Rings.

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Stretch Timer by Allister Jenks

Stretch Timer iconIn my story about PaintCode, I mentioned I had rewritten an app that I use for timing my muscle stretches. I’d like to tell you about that app now, in a bit of an ‘advertorial’.

I first wrote the app in 2016 when I was having back trouble, and part of the treatment for this involved regular stretching exercises. It was critical, I was told, to hold the stretches for the correct amount of time for them to work properly. While I can fairly reliably count off seconds in my head, also keeping track of the number of repetitions completed can make it easy to lose track, especially if there were also left and right variants to perform. I set about finding the perfect app in the App Store, but I couldn’t find one that wasn’t either difficult to use or overkill for the task. So, I decided to write my own.

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Tiny Tip – How to Add a Workout to Apple Health from iPhone by Sandy Foster

SandyThis Tiny, or possibly Nano tip came up when Sandy Foster asked in our Google Plus group at podfeet.com/googleplus how to add a workout from the iPhone. I responded that I didn’t think it was even possible, but luckily Allister Jenks stepped in and helped. Here’s Sandy’s Nano Tip:

Hi Allison. This is Sandy Foster with a quick tip, thanks to Allister’s help. I sometimes forget to start a workout on my Apple Watch before beginning. That’s usually because I’m with friends and we get talking. Oh well. I had a difficult time finding out how to manually add a workout, but here’s how it’s done.

Open the Health app on the iPhone. Go to the bottom of the page and tap on the second icon from the left; it’s the Health Data icon.

On the new page that opens, you will see four large colored squares. Tap on the one that says Activity, which will take you to a new page.

SandyScroll down a little to see “This Week” and — under that — “Exercise Minutes” and “Workouts”. Tap on Workouts. This takes you to yet another page.

This new page is the one I’d been searching for. In the top right-hand corner is a red plus sign. Tap on that.

Now just tap on the Activity Type field to get a selection of different workouts in a scrolling section at the bottom of the page; select the appropriate one. Then tap on the Starts and Ends sections in turn to set the date and time of the workout.

At the top of the page, tap Add, and you’re all done!


Allison interrupting again. Sandy and I chatted after she submitted this awesome tip because I couldn’t find Workouts below This Week. For some reason mine were above This Week. Workouts are hard to notice because they’re an orange button that looks like all the other buttons. I’m sure you’re more clever than me and can find them though.

I asked her the benefit of adding workouts in this manner, and she explained that this will give you credit in the Apple Activity app for time exercised and even calories if you have a good way to estimate what you burned.

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