Turning Fat into GoldWhat a fitness app needs to be successful
So I have been using a handfull of fitness tracking apps, and hardware, and have come up with a short list of things I think every app must have. I welcome your input.
1) Less manual input - I think any app must have an easy interface with all the major harware players out there, including +Fitbit
(Up,) +Motorola +MOTOACTV Dev
, and LarkLife (Not on G+) -- If you make an app, make sure it interfaces with all these and more. The less I have to add manually, the more likely I am to continue to use your product.
2) Better Database of foods - If I chose to continue to count calories (I don't - more later) I want to spend less time tapping my keyboard, and more time self-evaluating, and making decisions. If the app can scan a barcode on a product, and get the nutritional info, I move on to stretch, and exercise if I have to type the name of the product, find the nutritional info on the box, and type that in... well, by then, you've lost me. Sync your app up to the grocery stores, so if I eat the same thing every day for a week, the store, or manufacturer sends me a coupon, or better yet, their competition does.
3) Better feedback. if I choose to allow push notifications (I don't, because they are not any good yet) then I want positive feedback, and useful tips. If I have been sedentary for an hour or so, the app should know if I am riding in a car (GPS) or sitting at a desk. It could let me know to look away from my screen to avoid eyestrain, show me diagrams of how to stretch my wrists to avoid Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, it could remind me to take a break, and be healthier without pushing me to lose weight, or feel guilty. If, near the end of the day, I have not met some goal I applied to myself for calories burned, or distance traveled, maybe the app could tell me that If I am not going to go jogging, at least I could stretch before bed, or while watching my favorite TV show. The real value of the tracking app is tracking, and providing data feedback. The value of the feedback it is keep reminding me of what I can do other than sit around and be fat.
There are more, but these will do for today. What would you add, and why? #Fitness #Health #data #Tracking #Apps #MyFitnessPal #MapMyRun