ViewRanger have just announced that their mobile adventure application has now integrated with Apple’s Health app in its latest software release for Apple devices, and can provide general health information relating to specific walks, runs, bike rides or other activities completed.
This latest release (ViewRanger for iOS version 6.1), allows Apple users to view step count and heart rate information alongside other live track statistics recorded, such as height gain or loss, length, duration and speed. The new health information feeds into ViewRanger from a step counter or heart rate monitor device, via the Apple Health app, with the user’s consent.
When available and allowed, the step count and/or heart rate data is displayed live in the ViewRanger app while recording a track and the results are stored as part of the ViewRanger track. Route tracks recorded in ViewRanger can also be saved to Apple Health as workouts.
Craig Wareham, ViewRanger CEO, said: “Apple Health enables people to add an extra level of information to their ViewRanger route track, as well as incorporating what they’ve done on ViewRanger back into the health app.
Step counting can provide people with additional motivation to walk for health, adding an extra sense of achievement to a day out. Making the new health information easily accessible on ViewRanger allows people who are not necessarily fitness junkies to become more aware of their fitness level when out and about, while simply enjoying the great outdoors.
ViewRanger is an app for anyone who wants to get out and about, whatever their fitness level or ambition and there are thousands of content rich route guides available to download from publishing partners such as the New Forest National Park Authority and CycleCity Guides”
“For those who already exercise regularly outdoors, ViewRanger offers a simple way to find and record inspirational new routes that help to maintain motivation and there are many more route guides available from other publishing partners and dedicated sports magazines like Mountain Biking UK (MBUK).”
Health app compatible devices and apps include Apple Watch, the Apple Activity app (steps), Jawbone (UP line), Garmin Vivofit as well as external Bluetooth 4.0 enabled heart rate monitors. Apple’s Health app is available on iPhones running iOS8 and above.