Health and Fitness apps are big business. There are thousands of apps available that claim to be able to make keeping fit easier than ever.
There are various types of health and fitness apps. In this post we will look at apps that track your progress on a goal, help you with your individual workouts and apps that help you track exactly what type of foods you are eating.
Apps that track progress on a goal
These types of apps allow you to see exactly where you started and how far you are from a goal. In health and fitness these types of apps might track your progress toward completing a marathon or doing 50 push ups without stopping or losing a certain amount of weight.
- They can be motivational, especially when you see how far you have come from your starting point.
- They can help you identify what works best for you – If you see great results in a certain week, you can repeat what you did that week.
- If they don’t show good, clear results from your hard work they can lead to you giving up.
- it can be time consuming if the app is not automated.
Do we need them? They are handy for some goals.
These apps help you with your workourt, whether it be a simple timekeeper or full workout builders.
- They help stay strict on your rest and work periods.
- They can provide ideas, motivation and structure for people unfamiliar with exercise routines.
- Having your phone out all the time can be a distraction.
- Some apps charge you for what effectively is a stop watch.
Do we need them? Some people would benefit.
Lifestyle/Diet tracker apps
These apps track a particular feature of your lifestyle, such as what you eat or how much you sleep, in order to improve health.
- They can highlight parts of your routine that are leading to ill health.
- People become reliant on these when really we should be able to eat right and sleep enough by listening to our body.
- They can be massively time consuming. Things like tracking everything you eat can be really inconvenient, especially when you are out for a meal.
Do we need them? Only for habit building, never long term.
Apes don’t need apps
It is fair to say that some people have become obsessive over their smart phones. Tim Ferriss sumed this up aptly when he said ‘Technology is a great slave, but a terrible master.’ This means that if you are constantly checking your facebook, your emails or your daily calorie intake then you have let technology become your master and are harming your health and creativity with an e-addiction. Technology should be used sparingly, and to make time not waste time.
In truth, no apps are essential to keeping you fit and healthy. Some people are so out of touch with their mind and body that an app could be used to reset the balance and build some good habits, but most of the time there’s a far better long term solution… Put it this way, I’ve never seen an Ape track it’s protein, yet they know exactly when and what to eat, when to sleep and just how active to be in order to survive.
What apps do you use? Do you think you have an unhealthy obsession with any particular apps? Let me know in the comments below. Like and Share on Facebook/Twitter. You can follow me @GGreenFitness