Samsung has built the in-depth S Health app into the S4 to help users track daily workouts, diet and weight levels.
Here’s our simple guide to introduce this feature and explain how to get fit using your S4, no matter what your current levels of fitness or (lack of) exercise regime might be!
Samsung's S Health app isn't just about show - it's an immersive experience that's designed to get the most out of life by making you as healthy as possible. And obviously to achieve that, it needs to know what it's working with, so when you get going with the app you'll be asked to pop in a few key details to help make sure you stay right on track.
Don't worry though, it's nothing taxing! Elements like date of birth, weight and calorie / step goals allow the S Health app to create personalised plans for you and help you get to the goal of being a leaner, fitter version of yourself, no matter your age or fitness level!
One of the best features of S Health is the ability to work even when you’re not using it. Other, less impressive, apps will require you to wear a separate device to function at all, but S Health uses the Samsung GALAXY S4's built in accelerometer to track your steps and work out how active you've been that day.
The more steps you take, the fitter you'll feel, and by showing you that data every day, you'll be able to keep tabs on when you need to add in another walk down to the shop, or when you deserve to put your feet up for a well-earned rest!
So you've decided on your goals and you're up and about, thanks to the Walking Mate in S Health. But what about when you want to push yourself a bit harder?
Perhaps it’s that aerobics DVD you bought in the January sales that you've dusted off, or you've started playing 5-a-side football. Either way, Samsung's S Health database allows you to choose the sport (and even favourite the ones you'll do regularly) and automatically works out your calorie burn, simply by putting in the time you did it for.
Of course, exercise is only one component of a healthy lifestyle - a decent diet is also crucial too. The problem is that there are so many foods out there to confuse you, and working out whether they're good for you or not can be a real hassle.
Thankfully Samsung has removed that annoyance, with Food Tracker only asking you to search for whatever you ate, inputting how much, and working out the calories for you. And if you're particularly proud of a dish you can even take a snap with the 13MP camera so you can remember it for next time!
It's important to keep an eye on your weight while exercising - not only can it tell you when you're eating the wrong thing, but it also gives you that necessary boost when you see the pounds begin to fall off every day.
You've got two options with S Health: you can either input the weight yourself from your old bathroom scales, or you can connect up to a compatible wireless set and have the scales do all the work for you, so all you'll need to do is step on every day and marvel at your new impressive physique.
S Health isn't all about just making you fitter - health has a number of facets, and your location and environment play a huge part in making sure you're happy and comfortable.
The Samsung GALAXY S4 has a clever sensor built in that allows you to track not only temperature but humidity too, so you can keep an eye on your surroundings at all times and make adjustments where necessary for an optimum experience.
The Samsung S Health app is so advanced that it not only can monitor what's going on with your weight and exercise, but it's also able to track more complex items like your blood pressure over time to make sure that you stay healthy inside and out.
Once again, you've got a world of choice here, as you can either set all the elements yourself if you've got your own heart rate monitor, or you can connect to a compatible Bluetooth device and have it send the data automatically. You've even got the chance to add in your pulse rate, which can be really useful if you suffer from a heart condition and want an easy way to monitor your heart's performance over time.
With all this data, you may be worried that you won't be able to use it in any meaningful way. Thankfully, that couldn't be more of an erroneous assumption, as the S Health app makes it easy and quick to see everything you need in one quick glance.
The Health Board home screen has a tab for graphs in the bottom right-hand corner, and you can use this to see a visual representation of weight, blood pressure, exercise and steps managed over time, and a quick pinch in and out of the screen will spin you from days to weeks to months in the blink of an eye, so you can actually see how you've improved with your GALAXY S4.
There are a number of accessories to help you out with your Samsung S Health app, and all of them are great for making it slick and easy to get the information about your body onto your phone. With a wide range of scales and blood pressure monitors coming soon, it will be really easy to connect your body to the S Health app without needing to punch in loads of numbers each day.
And if you want to go for a run but want to leave your Samsung GALAXY S4 at home, you can use the forthcoming and stylish S Band to keep track of your run or day's activities, and instantly pair when you're reunited with your smartphone.
There are loads of other apps from Samsung that extend the power of S Health, and all are available through Samsung Apps.
For instance, Running Pro will give you a mapping experience to track you on your run and give you key feedback data to help you improve. Head on over to Samsung Apps and check out the reams of possibilities in the Health and Fitness section, and in no time at all you'll go from layabout to loving life!