Apparently, there are over 1 billion people the world who have a smartphone and/or a tablet. Naturally, this has meant a growing emergence of apps to meet the demands of the consumers – ranging from games, banking, and health and fitness related apps.
For the health conscious amongst us, you can have a mobile personal trainer app, mobile video instructions on how to perform exercises, you can map your run or ride, time your quickest bench press, count calories, kilojoules, measure your BMI and plan next week’s food intake. You can measure your resting heart rate and test your lactate threshold.
Whilst some apps are good, others are not. Some are free whilst some cost an easy $20. Apps that teach good technique can help reduce injury but it’s probably safe to say that no app can teach you motivation and drive to get you to that event/objective. Likewise no app can auto-correct a body movement that may be slightly off (particularly when targeting a select group of muscles).
Lastly, after the initial excitement people simply don’t use apps. It’s like that exercise bike sitting in the corner of the room that was a great idea but is now part of the furniture.
The ongoing drive for people to adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle is not simply by providing more information at the touch of a button or swipe of a screen.
Physical activity brings pleasure, be it physically, mentally and even spiritually for some. And surely that is the most powerful motivator of all.