Many of these apps help users manage their weight, track calories eaten and activity levels. Some are more actively involved with losing weight while others just improve general health. There is something for everyone and most are FREE! Here is what you can expect when downloading one of these apps:
Activity Recognition Technology
Many healthy lifestyle applications offer activity recognition technology. This technology recognizes activities done by the user and suggests activities to do in those areas. This could include walking, running, biking, swimming or using the stairs instead of the elevator. For example, if your child is bored and does not want to walk anywhere, the smart phone will suggest other activities they might enjoy instead. It could also suggest activities based on the calories burned or the heart rate target taken. This way, it helps you get started living a healthier life.
* Exercise Notes
Some healthy lifestyle applications offer tracking of calories and exercises. This includes tracking of both cardio and weights or resistance training as well as tracking of sets and reps. Other apps are specifically focused on increasing strength or endurance or building muscle mass or even developing endurance for specific activities. These apps allow users to download the workouts so they can perform the exercises at home and then receive encouragement and motivation from friends and family. Most of these apps also allow users to export their workouts and submit them for review in the internet so other people can benefit from them.
* Exercise Planner
Another important feature of a healthy lifestyle app is one that offers a training program or provides information about a particular exercise regime. This app may be used in conjunction with an online or iPhone application (some are free while others have subscription fees). The idea is that the user gets information about a training program or exercise routine that is easy to follow and does not need them to purchase the product for each session. Most training programs are designed so users can learn at their own pace with regular sessions so they can continue to progress toward their fitness goals.
* Push Notifications
A healthy lifestyle app can take advantage of one of two ways to keep users in the loop – it can use the smartphone’s built-in push notification feature or it can use social networks. Some smartphones have smart sensors that can detect when users enter certain locations or activities (such as taking a picture or recording a video) and send a push notification or alert. The push notification can be personalized for each user (so if you want to be notified when someone takes your picture of the waterfall you like, it can be done) or it can be sent on a pre-determined number of days. With the ability to contact customers directly through social networks, this type of app can make a smartphone useful for anyone looking to stay in touch.
With these ideas in mind, you will be able to determine which of the many healthy lifestyle apps available today meets your needs and requirements. The most important thing is that the program you choose allows you to track everything in an easy to read and understand fashion. It also allows you to manage your resources such as your time and budget, as well as monitor your progress toward your goals.