An app a day keeps the doctor away

Oct 09, 2013, 04:08 IST | Kartiki Nitin Lawate

In today's day and age, there are apps for almost everything. The Guide selects an assortment of apps that can help you stay healthy

With time at a premium, it’s often tough to stick to a fitness routine. To help reduce your stress, there are several apps that can make your life easier, such as Daily Mile, Run Keeper, Pumatrac, Zombies Run, S Health, etc.

Runner-cum-cyclist Nikhil Shah says that such apps help maintain motivation and the continuity of an exercise routine. “The popular apps are the ones that are connected to social networking sites. The cost of these apps is low and most are available as free downloads,” he says.

One such app is Pumatrac, launched by Puma. The running app for iPhone users incorporates a user-friendly design with pre-loaded technology and analyses how external conditions affect your running performance.

If you run faster in the rain or for a longer time while listening to Hip-Hop music, these apps will let you know so that you can take advantage of the conditions that work best for you. Insights can be shared with friends and other runners in the region. Moreover, a user can unlock specific milestones and get rewarded for running in tougher conditions like late at night or in the rain. Runners will also gain insights on their personal running style and can share with friends through social media in real time.

Santosh Jadhav, an IT
rofessional, uses Zombies Run which is another app that is a running game and audio adventure. Co-created with award-winning novelist Naomi Alderman, it delivers the story straight to your headphones through orders and voice recordings and when you get back home, you use the supplies you’ve collected while running to build and grow your base. This game will make one sweat; it is a perfect junction between game design and run tracker.

HR manager Aditi Rai uses the S Health app in her Android phone which helps her keep a check on her calorie intake and records the amount of exercise needed for her body weight on a daily basis. “I can now keep a track on what I ate the whole day and calculate the amount of nutrient intake in my body. Such apps are helpful in keeping a track of physical fitness without the need of maintaining dairies,” she explains. Shah, however, mentions that there are certain disadvantages of apps as one cannot see them continuously as in the case of wristwatch apps that are easier to monitor all the time.  

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