As we all know, mobile devices are getting close to out numbering people in the world. This lends itself to the obvious rise of mobile apps in the marketplace, and the rise has had a secondary effect on many businesses, but specifically for this article fitness. THere are some apps I have used to keep track of my workouts from weightlifting, stretching, running and even diet. With these apps all within a seconds grasp, why do we need a gym membership or personal trainer any more?
You might think that I don’t have a gym membership, but I do. I am a true believer in still having a gym membership even though there might be an app for that. Why you may ask? Well there are certain things that I do that require a gym, for instance a pool, spinning bikes, and workout equipment I don’t have to fix. Even from time to time I will pay a personal trainer to help me with certain goals I would like to accomplish. The human and social factor is something that is not prevalent in the apps that are being built today, at least not in the way people want them.
Some of my friends have apps that have a social aspect and they love them, but that app doesn’t have everything they need. For instance, the Nike App keeps track of all of my runs, and my friends runs, but they took away the challenge aspect, and I cannot communicate with them about their run. Map My Run does keep track of work outs, diet, and they will even work with you on a workout plan. All of this and we still want to talk smack to our friends, challenge them with different goals, and hold each other accountable in any way we see fit (pun intended). Fitness apps are even taking popular topics such as zombies and making it fun to run as you immerse yourself into a game where zombies are chasing you and you must run to escape (Zombies, run!). Reminds of a live version of Temple Run only with a plot line. I am going to be using this App this week to test it out so check back for my review!
All of this to say that we as humans by nature are social people and for me going to the gym, seeing others work out alongside you, and talking to a person about fitness can’t be replaced by an app…yet? Regardless of your opinion on Apps replacing the gym, stay fit, walk a mile today, set goals and be healthy!