Fitness Buddy, Sleep Cycle, Instant Heart Rate, Lose It!, Smart Alarm, Jillian Michaels Slim-Down, RunKeeper, and Zombies, Run!; just a couple of the health and fitness applications that top the charts. With so many choices out there, how do you know which application is right for you? Better yet, how do you know the credibility of these applications and who is giving you the fitness advice?
Health and fitness advice is not one-size-fits-all. Clients have different body types, eating habits, fitness goals, and past medical histories that will affect the way they train. In the social media and smart phone generation we live in, we rely on our cell phones and applications to guide us through topics ranging from sports news to medical advice. Yet, certifications and experience are not required for app developers. For us, it’s just a simple click to download.
Janice Lloyd from USA Today, wrote an article named, “Exercise caution when choosing health apps.” Lloyd describes how these applications are not regulated and there is no seal of approval. I wanted to share this article with our clients, patients, and Milwaukee community in order to show that these applications should be used as a motivational tool, not as a replacement to your fitness professional. Being careless using these applications can lead to injury.
If you’re looking for a supplement to your workout with your personal trainer, Lloyd’s article provides some good options for health and fitness applications. If you’d like more information on how to get started working out or to get a fitness evaluation, stop by Vita. Any of our certified personal trainers will be more than happy to help you start your path to a happy and healthy lifestyle.
-Ricky Purdy, Vice President/Director of Fitness
*Before starting any workout plan, verify with your physician to make sure you are ready to pursue rigorous exercise. (Remember our licensed physical therapists are able to provide an evaluation before starting exercise.)