Using your iPhone to Track Steps and Exercise

Simple walking is great exercise.  And proposed by many to be the perfect exercise for Seniors.  Let’s cite some science-based evidence for you to consider:

Live Longer – The American Cancer Society reports that an hour of walking a day lowers the  risk of death by 30 percent, compared with those who stayed put on the couch.

Better Brain Health – A 2011 study showed that simply by walking three days a week for 40 minutes, 65-year-olds could shave off about two years of typical age-related atrophy of the hippocampus.

Save Money –  A study in the Journal of the American Heart Association, reported that being active will save you more than $2,500 annually in health care spending.

This is just a small sample of the benefits of walking.  You need no equipment to get started. And you can use your iPhone to track your progress.

Tracking Steps with your iPhone

You can use the Health App to track steps taken and stairs climbed.  The iPhone since version 5S contains a built-in motion processor that can track your steps without using an external device.

Although other trackers like a Fitbits or Apple Watches are more portable and may be more appropriate for an active life, the basic tracker of the iPhone might be perfect if you want to keep track of your progress with a step mission.

If every day you have a step mission of 10,000 steps, you just have to carry your iPhone and use the Health app.

Step by Step


Use the numbers on the screen shot  and the numbered steps below to view your activity data.

Steps to View your Activity Data

1 Tap Today to see your stats for today.

2 To view health data from another day, tap a different date on the calendar.

3 To see more information, tap any metric, like Steps, to see more information.

After you tap on a metric like Steps, you can get more detail with these actions:

  • To see activity trends, tap DayWeekMonth or Year at the top of the screen
  • To add a metric to Favorites so it appears at the top of the Today screen. Turn the switch green.
  • To see detail, tap Show All Data. You can see the collection of steps during specific times of the day.


At any time during the day, follow this basics steps to learn how far you have walked, how many steps your have taken and more.  It’s all built into your iPhone…..FREE.



No Setup necessary


Requires IOS: 10+

Works on iPhone and iPad although the iPhone is the more practical activity tracker due to it’s portability.

Additional Information

Senior Tech Club Recipe #118 – How to Use the iPhone Health App – It Could Save your Life! provides a more comprehensive look at the Health App with a Video demonstration.


The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Health App