General

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Changing the language and region

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)

  2. Tap or click Options, then choose a country and language combination.

  3. Close and open the app.

Note that when you change this setting, it clears the history of what you've been looking at recently.

Searching and browsing the app

The MSN Health & Fitness app combines rich content with a superb user experience across fitness, nutrition and medical information. From interactive human body maps to multi-angle fitness videos, from an extensive foods database to a comprehensive symptom checker, this app provides info for everyone. To help you browse through and discover content in the app efficiently, a powerful in-app search functionality is available to you.

  1. Enter what you're looking for in the search field in the top-right corner in of any page. You can also start typing anywhere inside the app and your search terms will automatically appear in the search field.

    Based on your search term, you'll either get results across four areas (Fitness, Nutrition, Medical and Articles/News) in a generic search results page or a more detailed experience via a dedicated browse page. For example, searching for the word "heart" would show generic search results across the four areas, whereas searching for "barbell front split squat" would result in a dedicated fitness browse experience.

  2. On browse pages, refine your search results using filters.

Here's another way of finding relevant content in the app:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen or right-click the Home page and select from one of the multiple tiles in the top header.

  2. Swipe right across the home panorama and choose from a rich collection of showcased content.

  3. Tap or click a particular tile in the QUICK ACCESS bar.

In the Exercise Tracker and Diet Tracker sections, while adding an entry, you can search for exercises or food items by entering a term in the search field. Choose a result from the drop-down or press Enter to find additional search results.

About personalizing the MSN Health & Fitness app

Personalize your experience by completing your profile and selecting your content preferences in the Personalize pane. To do this, go to the QUICK ACCESS bar, then tap or click My Profile to open the Personalize pane. This helps personalize the fitness content that is featured on the Home page and the in-app browsing experience, and calculates your calorie burn rates and recommended calorie targets.

The Personalize pane has three sections, and it's recommended that all sections be completed to enjoy a seamless personalization experience. You'll need to go to My Calorie Target and fill in the My Profile section to get your recommended daily calorie target.

Synchronizing app data across my phones and PCs

To see your data across devices (content preferences, profile information and Tracker data), do this for every device:

  1. Make sure that you have the latest version of the app installed. To check whether you do, go to the Windows Store on your device and install any updates for the MSN Health & Fitness app.

  2. Connect the app to your Microsoft account. To do this, swipe in from the right edge of the screen (or press Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key+C on your keyboard), then tap or click Account.
    • If the app isn't connected to your Microsoft account, tap Connect and follow the steps on the screen.

    • If the app is already connected to your Microsoft account, you'll see your account details here and don't need to do anything.

Once you've followed these steps on each device, your data will be available across devices.

Note

  • When you connect the MSN Health & Fitness app to your Microsoft account, the app will take a few minutes to sync data on the device with the cloud. This is a one-off process and you'll need to be connected to the Internet for this.

Can't sync data with my HealthVault account

We have stopped support for synchronizing your data to your HealthVault account. This means that your diet, exercise and weight data on the MSN Health & Fitness app won't sync to your HealthVault account. However, any data previously synchronized to your HealthVault account will remain as is and can be accessed from the HealthVault website. You can get your Health & Fitness data on all your Windows devices by following the instructions in the previous section, Synchronising app data across your phones and PCs.

Changing font size and style

You can choose from four different font sizes—small, medium, large or x-large—and two text styles from within an article that you're reading.

  1. Swipe in from the bottom edge to see the app commands.
    (If you're using a mouse, right-click within the app.)

  2. Tap or click Text Size and choose an appropriate text size.

  3. Tap or click the Text Style to toggle between the two text styles for displaying the article text.

Close the app

  • Swipe down from the top edge of the screen and drag the Health & Fitness window to the bottom edge of the screen. To learn more and to watch a video that shows how to do this, see How do I close an app?

    If you're using a keyboard, you can close Health & Fitness by pressing Alt+F4.

Giving feedback

Your feedback is crucial, so we'd love to hear what you think. To send us feedback,

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)

  2. Tap or click Send feedback.

  3. Enter your feedback in the form and tap or click Submit.

Fitness

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Tracking exercise info in the Cardio Tracker

The Cardio Tracker allows you to track your daily fitness activity and maintain a record of your daily workouts. Sync your Tracker data across devices by connecting the MSN Health & Fitness app with your Microsoft account.

  1. Swipe down from the top edge or right-click, then select Cardio Tracker under the Trackers section.

  2. Tap or click + CARDIO EXERCISE.

  3. Choose an exercise from your favourites list or enter an exercise name in the search box and choose from the suggestions. You can also press Enter for more results.

  4. Modify the distance, duration and calorie info for the exercise by updating values in the text boxes. Tap or click Done to add selected exercise(s) to the Tracker.

The analysis tabs give you further info on the exercises you've added to the Tracker.

Synchronizing my fitness data

To see your data across devices, follow the steps in Synchronizing app data across my phones and PCs.

About tracking strength exercises

We have stopped support for tracking strength exercises. However, any data previously logged for strength exercises can be downloaded as a text file. To download your data, go to Cardio Tracker, click Download strength data and follow the on-screen instructions.

Medical

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Identifying conditions using the Symptom Checker

The Symptom Checker allows you to choose a particular body part, choose from a list of related symptoms and then narrow down to a list of possible conditions, before reading about the individual conditions.

  1. Swipe down from the top edge or right-click, then select Symptom Checker from the list.

  2. Tap or click the Gender drop-down to choose the appropriate human body model that most closely resembles the person with the symptoms. This helps to display a more relevant set of symptoms based on the model chosen.

  3. Tap or click a relevant body part or choose from Non-specific Symptoms.

  4. Tap or click one or multiple symptoms from the list of symptoms.

  5. Tap or click Symptoms within the second level of symptoms to refine the list of possible conditions.

  6. Choose a condition from the final list of conditions to read and understand more about it.

Additionally, you can also use the 3D Human Body to further understand a particular body part that is affected by the condition you searched for.

Using the 3D Human Body to find a body part

The 3D Human Body allows you to choose from different organ systems of the human body and select specific body parts to read more about them.

  1. Swipe down from the top edge or right-click, then select 3D Human Body from the list.

  2. Choose the appropriate gender of the human model by tapping the gender icon under the human body.

  3. Choose the relevant organ system, such as the nervous system or the muscular system if required, based on what you're searching for.

  4. Rotate and scroll to the relevant portion of the body. You can also tap or click a particular region to zoom in.

  5. Tap or click a particular body part or organ to highlight it and view the related article with more info on it.

  6. You can additionally use the Related Anatomy and the Related Systems tabs to view related articles.

  7. At any point, you can refresh the view to default by tapping or clicking the refresh button under the human body.

Additionally, you can use the Symptom Checker to check possible symptoms and related conditions.

About tracking blood pressure, cholesterol and vaccinations

We have stopped support for tracking blood pressure, cholesterol and vaccinations. However, any data previously logged in these Trackers can be downloaded as a text file. To download your data, go to Health Tracker, click Download data, then follow the on-screen instructions.

Nutrition

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Setting the daily calorie target

The daily calorie target is the recommended calorie intake for you based on your lifestyle, weight goal and other profile info. You can use the calculated recommended calorie target or set a custom calorie target from the Personalize pane.

  1. Swipe down from the top edge or right-click, select Trackers, then select Diet Tracker.

  2. Tap or click Find your Recommended Daily Calorie Target to open the Personalize pane.

  3. In the Personalize pane, complete the My Profile and My Calorie Target sections to get your recommended daily calorie target based on your weight goal or set a custom calorie target of your choice.

  4. Tap or click outside the Personalize pane and your customized calorie target will be updated.

Finding and adding foods in the Diet Tracker

  1. Swipe down from the top edge or right-click, select Trackers, then select Diet Tracker.

  2. Add a food item under the relevant food section by tapping or clicking + FOOD

  3. Search for foods by typing your query in the search box. Choose an option from the list of suggestions or press Enter for more results.

  4. After you've added a few food items to the Diet Tracker, use the Recent and Favourite tabs to add foods more quickly.

  5. Add custom foods using the Custom tab.

  6. Tap or click Done to add selected food item(s) to the Tracker.

Adding custom foods and details to the existing list of food items

Apart from an extensive list of food items that you can choose from while tracking your diet, the MSN Health & Fitness app also allows you to add your own custom foods and nutrition info.

  1. Swipe down from the top edge or right-click, and under the Trackers section, select Diet Tracker.

  2. Add a food item under the relevant food section.

  3. Scroll to the Custom tab in the Add Food section.

  4. Tap or click the Enter Custom Food header in that section. Another option is to search for a food, press Enter, then tap or click Add this as a custom food at the end of the search results.

  5. Enter the custom food details including Food Name, Serving Size and Calories contained.

  6. Tap or click Save. The custom food should now be shown under the Custom tab.

You can also enter the fat, protein and carbohydrates contained in the custom food in grams. This helps to track their percentage consumption on a particular day along with the calories consumed.

Synchronizing my Diet Tracker data

To see your data across devices, follow the steps in Synchronizing app data across my phones and PCs.

Comparing food items

Comparing food items allows you to better understand what you consume and therefore make a more informed decision when it comes to choosing between different food items and their serving sizes. This allows you to compare all of the dietary info for two foods.

  1. Select Food from the Quick Access section.

  2. Search for a particular food item and tap or click one of the suggested options.

  3. On the food details page, tap or click Compare.

  4. Search for the second food item and choose from the suggestions.

  5. Choose appropriate servings and serving sizes for the two food items being compared.

  6. Additionally, you can also view the entire food details for any of the two foods by tapping or clicking See full nutritional info at the bottom.

  7. At any point in time, to return to the original food details page, tap or click outside the Compare Foods flyout.

Understanding the recommended daily calorie target

The daily calorie target tool recommends a calorie intake based on your lifestyle, weight goals and profile info. There are certain things that need to be noted while using this information in the Diet Tracker:

  • The values are personalized for you and are recommended by taking your keeping and intended weight goal in mind. At any point, changing your profile info, such as gender, height, weight and age, can also affect these values.

  • A minimum of 1,200 calories is recommended for a healthy nutritional intake. A recommended calorie value of less than 1,200 calories should not be followed.

  • The MSN Health & Fitness app is made for people 14 years of age and older. People younger than the age of 14 should not try to calculate their recommended daily calorie target using this tool.

  • You can also read through the Disclaimer.

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