Table of contents:
- 1. Quitter's Circle
- Users want not to do anything heroic, not to break themselves, not to test their willpower, but to take it and suddenly stop smoking
- 2. Food Game
- 3. Applications to the bracelet Mi Band Xiaomi
- 4. Runtastic Apps
- 5. Sleep as Android
- 6. Natural Cycles
- 7. Edamam
- 8. Lifesum
Video: 8 Standing Mobile Apps In The Health & Fitness Category - The Quality Of Life
Currently, about 325,000 mobile applications are available in the AppStore and Google Play stores in the Health and Fitness category. In 2017 alone, they were downloaded about 4 billion times. But despite the huge offer, there are few interesting and original ideas. Most apps aim to count calories, steps, heart rate, and keep a journal. But there are also exceptions.
1. Quitter's Circle
Two years ago, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer released a smoking cessation app. The users have accepted the application quite well. 57% say they smoke less and 64% recommend the app to others. One of the main aspects of quitting smoking is support from relatives, acquaintances or the same users. There are 158 thousand likes on the Facebook page.
On the one hand, it is curious that “big pharma” looks at the market of smokers through the prism of a free application, and on the other hand, it is surprising that they still do not have effective solutions to quit smoking. The app, as the name suggests, should have led people to quit the addiction altogether, and instead, Pfizer boasts that people are smoking less. Although among the hundreds of applications of this kind, made by some unknown person, based on some unknown reason, this is still quite worthy.
Users want not to do anything heroic, not to break themselves, not to test their willpower, but to take it and suddenly stop smoking
2. Food Game
On this side, the Food Game app by Russian psychologists is trying to get closer to this ideal. Several very simple games in which you need to click on the picture with healthy food as quickly as possible and refrain from touching the “bad” food, according to the assurances of the developers, can change food preferences. The games are based on a number of studies, and at the University of Exeter, which made a similar application Food T, experiments to study similar effects continue.
It is assumed that in the near future such an application will be included in the UK national obesity program. Because, by changing our preferences, we are almost guaranteed to get rid of excess weight.
The principle of the application is to train the ability to suppress impulsive behavior. Therefore, it turned out that the effect extends to other habits. For example, people report that they have not only changed their diet, but also quit smoking!
3. Applications to the bracelet Mi Band Xiaomi
The market for fitness trackers and smart bracelets continues to grow, and more recently, especially due to the "out of the world" of Chinese players. The highlight of 2017 is the emergence of Xiaomi trackers with excellent value for money. Along with incredible sales, there have been many applications for Xiaomi bracelets. The "native" application itself is not bad, but the number of options is growing, including those that extend the functionality of the bracelet.
Even better than the native one is the Notify & Fitness for Mi Band app. However, others will say that the best is Tools & Mi Band.
4. Runtastic Apps
It is impossible not to mention the ubiquitous company Runtastic, which decided to cover everything that at least somehow relates to fitness and lifestyle with its applications. If you want a push-up-only app or just a butt-pump app, they've got it. If not, then you were looking badly or they are already doing it and are about to release it. Such a greedy ubiquity, however, casts doubt on efficiency.
5. Sleep as Android
Runtsasic has a sleep fitness app, but it is far from the long-standing but still alive and constantly improving Sleep as Android. If you want to become a fan of your sleep statistics, this is for you. True, you will have to study it, because there are so many functions that you can sleep all night, and then analyze your sleep all day.
6. Natural Cycles
The Natural Cycles contraceptive app is not your usual period calendar. The program requires women to measure basal temperature and enter it into their personal account. The fact is that during ovulation, the body temperature increases by almost half a degree. Algorithms learn from user data, and the program begins to understand and predict the monthly cycle much more accurately than the user herself.
The program can recommend when you can have unprotected sex with a 93% guarantee (a result comparable to contraceptive pills and condoms). In Germany in 2017, the application received the status of a contraceptive. The app also shows the days when the probability of getting pregnant is the highest.
A monthly subscription costs $ 10, and a year subscription costs $ 80. The app has received a 30 million investment to continue development and is pending approval from the US Medicines Commission.
An app for finding recipes according to your preferences in calories, diet and food composition. The user types in a search, for example, a cookie. Next, he selects a category: vegetarian, vegan, high or low protein, gluten-free, dairy-free, low carbohydrate, and the like.
The algorithm of the program selects from a database of more than 1.5 million recipes and gives the best options with photos and full information on the composition, calories, vitamins, trace elements and recommended intake. In addition, every recipe has a shopping list: once you choose what you like, you can go shopping.
The award-winning Swedish app helps you create personalized diet and meal planning, physical activity and weight loss. The developers wanted to create an application that would cover all the questions with the lifestyle. More than 5 million downloads of the application show that something has been done in this direction.
One of the features of this app is its huge food base. You just need to hold your phone up to the barcode to get all the information on calories, composition and compliance with the chosen diet.