Do Health Apps Inspire You to Keep Fit?

One of the greater things our mobile devices do is help us keep fit, or at least help us stay honest about keeping fit. They can track information as well as keep a log of it for us. But do they help? Sure, they help track and log info, but do your mobile apps inspire you to keep fit?

Perhaps leading to even more inspiration, Google, Apple, and Samsung are all working on apps with health-data platforms. Instead of having a bunch of apps doing different things, these apps will collect all that data and present it to you in one place. They’re also marketing this for wearables. These would, of course, would make it easier than ever to keep fit. Sure, you still have to do the hard work, but all the information to help you make decisions will be kept in one place from what you ate to how you moved to what your body is currently doing. It sounds like it will do everything other than tell you to put down that pint of ice cream. And this process will be available to everyone with Google, Apple, and Samsung devices.

But will this just help the people who are currently into keeping fit or will it help inspire those who aren’t fit to get fit now that it’s so easy? Do apps inspire you to keep fit?

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6 comments

  1. I excercise enough and I don’t need whatever silly controlling app for that, I even leave my phone at home to be together with myself and the nature.

    I absolutely love this moments without my smartphone!

  2. Either you want to exercise or you don’t. No app is going to grab you by the scruff of the neck and make you exercise just like no app is going to make you eat healthy if you’re addicted to burgers and fries.

    Apps do help you to keep track but so do pencil and paper.

    As alwnl says, it nice to escape the tyranny of electronics and enjoy your exercise.

  3. I exercise regularly so an app or two won’t help me.
    But, for the really hard things, like losing weight, the holy grail would be an app
    that takes a picture of my meal and tells me how many calories it is.
    10-20% error would be OK! And some “calibration” would be OK too.
    Do we need a scale on our dinner table that weighs our food and talks wirelessly to our smartphone?

  4. I exercise regularly so an app or two won’t help me.
    But, for the really hard things, like losing weight, the holy grail would be an app
    that takes a picture of my meal and tells me how many calories it is.
    10-20% error would be OK! And some “calibration” would be OK too.
    Do we need a scale on our dinner table that weighs our food and talks wirelessly to our smartphone?
    Oh my. There is one at Williams Sonoma: “Prep Pad”

  5. You missing some choices: e.g. ‘Ive never been what one would call fit, but I exercise regularly and don’t see the point’.

    ‘I’m unable to exercise due to my job and life stile, an app will not change that’.

  6. Exercise apps are like the exercise equipment being hawked on TV. After a month or two it goes into disuse and after 6 months you can find it for pennies on the dollar at garage sales, tag sales and flea markets.

    People who buy the apps and the equipment expect it to be a magic bullet. Then they find out that the equipment and apps will not make them magically fit and slim just by being around the house. They realize that they actually have to use the apps and get on the equipment, expend some energy and produce sweat. They realize that it takes time and work to get fit and their reactions is “Later for that!”

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