MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Push it to the limit
Track your fitness goals with Pedometer++ and Apple Watch.
Making fitness tracking easy, Pedometer++ employs your iPhone’s sensors to count your steps. When paired with an Apple Watch, it can measure the number of wheelchair pushes you make, too.
To turn on the app’s Wheelchair mode, tap the settings icon (it looks like a cog) in the upper left corner of the app, then scroll down until you see the correct mode and toggle it on.
Pedometer++ displays daily and weekly counts of your wheelchair pushes, and you can view your progress toward your daily goal using the Pedometer++ Apple Watch app, iPhone app, or a Today View widget.
If you want to see how reaching your Pedometer++ goals has an impact on other aspects of your fitness, you can sync data from the app to your iPhone's native Health app. Doing this lets you see your push or step data alongside other things such as heart rate, exercise minutes, and calories burned.
David Smith, the developer who built Pedometer++, added the app's wheelchair mode for the same reason he integrates his app with Health – to make it as broadly useful as possible.
“I think we all need to think of accessibility as something that isn’t just for a subset of people, but rather something that we’ll all need at some point in our lives,” says Smith.
“As we age, we’ll need larger type. When we become parents, suddenly we’re in situations where we have just one hand free to do something,” he says.
“So to me, accessibility really comes down to giving people options so they can use something however they want and need. Stuff like wheelchair mode, or letting you see your data in the Health app, these are features that really make the app more useable.”