Aiming to put more emphasis on improved health tracking, Apple has introduced two significant features in iOS 15. In addition to several new changes, including Health Sharing, there is a new feature called Stability Floor. Walking Steadness is designed to track your fall risk so you can keep fatal falls at bay. So if you’re interested in using walking stability on your iPhone, here’s how to set up walking stability notifications and keep track of your fall risk.
Configure and Use Walk Stability on iPhone (2021)
To get started, let’s first have a broad understanding of walking stability and why it can be a well-timed shot to your arm against the risk of falling.
What is Walk Stability in iOS 15?
Simply put, Stability Walking is a estimation of your stability when walking. Gait stability is inversely proportional to the risk of falling; if it falls, the risk increases. While it’s not an infallible indication of how likely you are to crash at any given time, it does provide a better view of your downside risk over the next 12 months. While the Apple Watch can already detect drops, stability when walking is more of a preventative measure in the same vein.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 37.3 million falls are serious and need medical attention each year. An estimated 6,84,000 people die from falls every year. This is more in the case of adults over 60 years of age. Unsurprisingly, falls are the second biggest reason for unintentional deaths in the world.
These numbers just show how critical it is to deal with falls and create workable preventative measures that can reduce fatal falls. On that same note, it’s great to see Apple’s commendable effort to help iPhone users get a better view of fall risk and take necessary steps to prevent fatal falls before it’s too late.
How does the iPhone calculate its stability when walking?
iPhone uses crucial health and fitness data, including your step length, double support time, walking speed, and walking asymmetry data to calculate your stability when walking. For perfect tracking of stability when walking, an iPhone is equipped to automatically record your stability when walking when you carry it in your pocket or on the stand.
That means you don’t need to own an Apple Watch to track your stability when walking. The feature uses iPhone sensors to track and measure your balance, stability and coordination.
Note that the Health app measures stability while walking over the course of seven days. To keep you fully informed and also prevent fatal falls, the Health app sends you notifications whenever your walking stability is low or very low. If it remains low, you will receive an alert every three months.
What are walking stability levels?
For a better understanding, Apple has rated walking stability into three levels – OK, Low and Very Low.
- OK: That means your walking stability is fine. More importantly, you don’t have to worry about the increased risk of falling – at least for the next 12 months.
- Short: If your walking stability has reached the low level, you must act on it sooner or later. In other words, it is a clear warning sign that you are at risk of falling within the next 12 months.
- Very low: If your walking stability has passed the “Very Low” mark, it’s time for you to start improving your strength and balance. Any delay in this regard can be detrimental to your life.
If you’re wondering how to improve walking stability, exercises can help build strength and improve balance. Climbing chairs, cycling, dancing, working with resistance bands, push-ups, sit-ups, and squats can go a long way toward improving strength and flexibility.
Configure Walking Stability in iOS 15 on iPhone
- open health app on your iPhone. Then tap on the Browse tab at the bottom and select the Mobility option.
2. Now scroll down to find the Walking Steadiness option. Then tap “Settings.”
3. On the Walk Notifications screen, tap Next.
4. Confirm your details. The Health app needs information such as gender, date of birth, weight and height to estimate your stability levels when walking. You can enter the details by tapping on each section. Once done, tap “Next” to continue.
5. The app will display some information about the stability levels when walking. Tap Next to continue.
6. Then tap “On” to receive walking stability notifications.
7. Finally, you will receive confirmation that walk stability notifications are enabled. Just tap “Done” and you’re done.
Check Walking Stability on iPhone
Once you’ve set up the Walking Steadiness feature on your phone, you can track it, just like you can track your steps, sleep, and more. Here’s what needs to be done:
- Go to the Health app and click on the Browse option.
- Now, go to the Mobility section and tap on ‘Walking Steadness’
- Here, you will be able to see your Walking Stability data.
In case you want to avoid these steps and view the data directly on the main page of the app, just add it to your favorites. See how:
- Once you get to the Steady Walk section by following the steps above, scroll down a bit.
- Tap “Add to Favorites”. The resource will now become part of the Summary on the home page for easy access.
To reiterate, you will get a notification if your walking stability level changes drastically.
Enjoy the stability of walking to avoid fatal falls
Here it is! This is how you can set up and use the new Walking Steadiness feature on your iOS 15 iPhone. As a health-conscious person, I am very happy to see this remarkable health feature. And I’m sure most people who love health and fitness would appreciate it too.
By the way, what is your opinion about stability in walking? Has it been helpful to you? Let us know in the comments section.