​Your all-round health companion: Withings Body Cardio guide

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When it comes to building a picture of your health, your fitness tracker can only do so much. And for those whose goals are built around losing weight or maintaining a healthy heart, enter Body Cardio.

Body Cardio is designed to be a smarter way to track your weight goals. The scale connects to the Withings Health Mate app, enabling you to plot your shrinking waistline over time.

But Body Cardio does so much more than tell you how much you weigh. It's packed with smart body composition information, that not only reveals the underlying stats about your body, but important heart health data too – all tracked by standing on the scales for just a few seconds. When it comes to health, Body Cardio is a huge part of your wellness arsenal.

Here's how it works.

Body Cardio: Weight tracking

Your all-round health companion: Withings Body Cardio guide

If you're wondering exactly how many features a scale can pack in, prepare to be surprised.

Of course, the main event is body analysing and Body Cardio goes a lot further than just revealing the amount of pounds you're pushing. It accurately tracks weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) as well as body fat percentage, water percentage, muscle mass and bone mass.

Anyone who's hit the gym to get lean will know that getting fit often adds weight, thanks to the unfair fact that muscle weighs more than fat. Getting an analysis of your body's composition – the ratio of fat to muscle – is a better way of setting your goals, especially if you're getting in shape.

Body Cardio works by passing an undetectable charge through one foot and around your body ­– gauging the density of your body's composition by how fast the charge is returned, like a cellulite-seeking sonar.

The results are recorded in the Withings Health Mate app, where you can also set a target weight

Body Cardio: Heart health

Your all-round health companion: Withings Body Cardio guide

As you might have guessed, the Cardio element of the Withings scale relates to an assessment of your heart rate. When you stand on the scale, Body Cardio takes a heart rate reading through your feet, and tracks your standing heart rate in the Withings Health Mate app. Like resting heart rate, changes in your standing heart rate can reveal improving fitness. And unexpected changes can pre-empt illness or injury, and for training athletes, indicate the need for more rest.

And it's not just your heart rate that's tracked by Body Cardio. It will also track Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV), which is an important factor in the measurement of heart health. Pulse Wave Velocity is a measure of the stiffness of your arteries, and it's linked to a host of bad stuff from heart disease to strokes. The good news is that you can affect arterial stiffness fairly easy, with the good old recipe of exercise, better diet and lower stress.

Pulse Wave Velocity is plotted directly on the scale and within the Withings Health Mate app, enabling you to track the (hopefully) positive change in your cardio health.

The app will inform you as to whether it is optimal or not, and provide tips to improve it. Whatever your fitness level, you will be able to clearly see how adopting small lifestyle changes — like a healthier diet and more activity — can have a big impact on improving the health of your arteries.

Body Cardio: The app

Your all-round health companion: Withings Body Cardio guide

Body Cardio syncs with the Withings Health Mate app, which won Health Platform of the Year at the 2016 Wareable Tech Awards. It's a brilliant app that brings together a host of health data, which brings together separate spheres of weight, heart, activity and sleep.

Body Cardio can also be used by the whole family. It supports up to eight users, who will be recognised automatically when they step on the scale, and will have their individual stats added to their Withings Health Mate profile.

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