Are health and wellbeing apps the future?
There are over 13,000 health and wellbeing apps in the app Store alone.
In just a few years time there will be around 170 million wireless devices tracking pretty much every aspect of personal health around the planet.
There are websites, blogs and even conferences devoted to the whole genre of self-monitoring.
In fact we’ve now reached the point where apps are overlapping with the medical profession to the degree that we are using them to self-diagnose our ills.
Pew Internet Research says that seventy percent of Americans say they are self-tracking at least one health indicator. That’s huge.
Sixty percent of those are monitoring weight, diet or exercise and thirty percent are tracking health indicators like blood pressure, stress, blood sugar, heart rate, sleep levels and so on.
According to an article from the BBC health and wellbeing technology may well herald, “the biggest shake up in the history of medicine” as doctors start to prescribe apps rather than drugs.
It’s hard to argue with the fact that instant feedback can be a great motivator. If you want evidence of that just look at what people will do to hit the magic 10,000 steps a day on their pedometers.
How are you, as a fitness professional, going to use this apportunity to your advantage?