Your smartphone is now your new gym trainer. As the proliferation of mobile applications and fitness trackers continues, healthcare professionals are seeing immense potential in a smartphone’s ability to provide healthcare interventions and enhance physical activity. In a recent study, professionals studied the use of fitness applications in incorporating behaviour change techniques (BCTs) with social support (online communities on social media), instructions and demonstrations on behaviour, and feedback. Before we talk about how fitness-centred applications work to change user behaviour, let us get to know about the various applications and trackers that can work with your smartphone.
Track your physical activity with these Android applications-
- Google Fit: One of the highly recommended applications for tracking fitness goals is Google Fit. It records your steps while you walk, run, climb stairs or perform any other activity through the day with the option of viewing the real-time status.
- Pedometer: This savvy application counts your steps and calculates the total calories burned, time spent on the activity, speed, and distance. It is user-friendly and can be easily downloaded on your Android phone. Another application is Strava Running and Cycling GPS that works perfectly for runners and cyclists. It uses BCTs such as sharing activities with other users.
- My FitnessPal: It can be really hard to avoid cravings even after making conscious decisions to control your appetite. This application comes to your rescue by keeping you accountable. It even provides information on items with more nutrients and fewer calories to help you achieve your fitness goals.
Use these applications to track your healthcare goals-
- BMI Calculator: The application assesses your body mass index and provides information on the total muscle composition of your body. The results can help you create new fitness goals or redefine old ones.
- Instant Heart Rate: The application gives you essential data such as your heart rate or pulse rate. It’s easy to install and requires no external hardware.
As per a recent report, the revenue in the fitness segment stands at $15.7 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow to a market volume of $18.9 billion by 2023. There are a few benefits associated with using smartphones for fitness and health including the affordability and accessibility aspects. Also, mobile applications such as Couch and 5K help you set realistic fitness goals within the desired timeframe. Google Fit, Pedometer, and My FitnessPal encourage you through the workout regime and monitor your calorie intake. There is also a new application called Zombies that turns boring workout regimes into epic missions. The Yoga and Tai Chi applications provide pictures and instructions to help you work out on-the-go.
The science behind the applications
Healthcare applications work to increase physical activity and in the near future, will enable cooperation between developers and scientists to create low-cost healthcare interventions. And, it’s a great way to share and motivate others. Professors at Northwestern University studied the use of BCTs in mobile applications for healthcare purposes. The study founds that developers preferred building applications that provided social support as opposed to the ones that offer self-monitoring by users. Applications such as FitGang and iMapMyFitness specifically work in this domain. They help you connect with users with similar fitness goals or regimes for inspiration and healthy competition.
According to a recent report, the teleconsulting segment in India is estimated to be worth $17 billion while the e-diagnostics market is approximately worth $7.06 billion. While the industry is in its nascent stages, several Indian businesses have come up to take advantage of the growing market such as FitGo, Innovacare and Vibrent. With the increased integration of wearable technology, Artificial Intelligence, and IoT, established healthcare service providers will now have to make way for mobile applications that put the management of health in the hands of the consumers.
Now that you are equipped with knowledge on the latest applications and trends, it is time to work towards your fitness goals. With social support, you can connect with your friends and users with similar regimes to motivate yourself and share advice. If you are looking for a smartphone compatible with the applications and wearable tech, you could visit an online portal, such as the Bajaj Finserv EMI Store, that provides the convenience of online shopping with options for purchasing a mobile on EMI without a down payment and detailed information about what’s new in the market.
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