The way we exercise in 2016 is a lot different than how we exercised in 2006. That’s because in 2007 we discovered a new invention.
The smart phone.
Millions of people own them and take them wherever they go. Sometimes even to the gym.
In the past 10 years the amount of health and fitness apps available for both iPhones & Android has grown enormously, with more being invented every day it seems.
Fastest growing app sector
“I think at the end of the day the reason they’re so popular is that they help people get results. Now when I say get results, that means if they use it, it’s like any tool. I mean it’s great, it can be there to hold you accountable, it can be there to guide you, but if you don’t use it then it’s just another app on the phone.”
Manuel uses them himself and says he gets daily updates about new apps coming onto the market.
“In the last three years especially based on the rise and the number of people that have smartphones and android devices they’re much more accessible today.”
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8,000 Health and Fitness apps on the market
Applause is an app analytics tool that crawls more than 55 million reviews from the Apple and Google Play app stores to measure app quality and user satisfaction. The company regularly publishes reports on its findings, inccluding their most recent report The Best and Worst Rated Health and Fitness Apps for 2016.
Top Ten Apps
(Ten apps earned above average app quality scores of 66 or greater based on more than 40,000 reviews – Arc from Applause))
- Period Calendar / Tracker by ABISHKKING (94.5) [Android | iOS]
- Relax Melodies by Ipnos Software (88.5) [Android | iOS]
- Period Tracker by GP Apps (88.5) [Android | iOS]
- Calorie Counter by MyFitnessPal (83.0) [Android | iOS]
- Lose It! by FitNow (82.5) [Android | iOS]
- My Pregnancy Today by BabyCenter (82.5) [Android | iOS]
- Sleep cycle alarm clock by Northcube (79.5) [Android | iOS]
- MapMyRun by MapMyFitness (78.5) [Android | iOS]
- MapMyWalk by MapMyFitness (77.0) [Android | iOS]
- Runkeeper by FitnessKeeper (72.5) [Android | iOS]
Dai Manual’s favourite fitness apps
“I really like Map My Run because even if you don’t plan out a route before you go out to go for a jog, a hike a walk a run, you can literally check who else is in your neck of the woods based on GPS location, you can find other people’s suggested run routes that they’ve been on or faced. You can plug it in your phone, it syncs with your iTunes, you get some good tunes going with a certain beat based on your cadence and you just go until it stops. It’s really cool, there’s some neat ones out there, if you’re into staying motivated they’re going to keep you accountable, and keep you motivated.”