Healthcare and fitness regimes have evolved extensively over the past few decades. Fitness activities have become more than mere tasks, it has become a way of life and an integral part of one’s personality. If we take a trip down memory lane, the transition in fitness practices has been very interesting. From emphasis on aerobics and choreographed cardio routines in the 1980’s to gymnasiums becoming a trend in the 1990’s. The new millennium saw an array of new workout trends like cycling, kickboxing, pilates, zumba, running marathons and going back to basics with yoga. Science and technology based training have become popular not only with celebrities but also with the masses. The outburst of development and research in the field of fitness and healthcare is driving more and more individuals towards fitness activities. In the midst of this health rush, fitness apps are paving their way and are in vogue with tech savvy fitness lovers globally.
They are easy to use, effective, proactive, quick and trendy, fitness apps are your new virtual trainers, minus the exorbitant fees! Health and fitness apps can be divided into 3 broad categories depending upon their data and functions.
Physical Activity Tracking & Workout Apps – In such apps, you can log workouts, count steps taken, stairs climbed, sleep hours, calories burned etc. Many such apps can be accessed by a simple Bluetooth connection and can constantly monitor your pulse, blood sugar levels and other parameters. Some of these apps help you connect with a community which share similar interests who help you move forward towards your goal or they motivate you via competition. Some apps connect you with trainers and coaches who monitor your workouts and give you helpful tips and guidelines, all virtually! Cyclemeter, Endomondo, Runmeter, WODBook are just a few of the numerous apps of this kind.
Nutrition and Diet Apps – These apps track your calorie intake, nutritional value of the food you consume, keep a track of water and caffeine intake, and maintains diet and other functions related to one’s food habits. These apps usually maintain daily statistics and give comprehensive information and details based on the same. The aim of most such apps is to push a user towards his or her goals which may be weight loss, weight gain or simply healthy eating! MyFitnessApp, Fooducate, MySugr are some of the popular food tracking apps.
Mind and Overall Health Apps – Apps such as Meditation Studio, Health Tap, Happify, etc claim to calm your mind in several ways by providing soothing music, giving you the chance to consult a therapist via text etc. Some apps provide guided meditation to cater to one’s needs, be it stress, anxiety or any such feeling. Their intention is to ensure emotional health, positivity and overall wellbeing.
Technology has advanced drastically and now you can monitor your health at a click on your Smartphone. Fitness apps allow you to set your own goals, achieve them at your own pace and above all, they keep you motivated to stay on your path to fitness and to be the healthier version of yourself.