Apologies for my absence, I have been incredibly busy completing all the tedious tasks associated with moving house. Today is no different, so I’m going to be brief. Real brief. Briefer than a bikini on Iggy Azalea’s butt!
Speaking of butts, you may have turned to a fitness, or physical activity coaching app in order to tone you butt, biceps, or belly. But are these apps actually any good? More importantly (in my opinion), are these apps based on sound exercise science, or simply a move by a developer to make a few easy bucks? Well, usual story, a recent study has given the answer and ladies and gentlemen it ain’t at all pretty!
The study had a look at 30 of the most popular free fitness apps on the Apple app store. It compared the content of each of the apps to the scientific recommendations for fitness in healthy adults written by the American College of Sports Medicine [ACSM]. These science based recommendations are to the fitness professional, what the bible is to a devote Christian.
Sadly, of the 30 apps analysed only one adhered to more than 50% of the ACSM guidelines. Yes, only one and it’s score was 64%, which, let’s face it, is pretty bloody low.
Is it healthful?
Yes, the content of the current, most popular fitness based apps is largely garbage. But, because using one of these apps is likely better than nothing and they do contain SOME useful content (SOME) fitness apps are slightly healthful. If I were you I’d brush up on and follow the ACSM guidelines, or find a fitness professional who can adhere to these guidelines when prescribing you your program. Seacrest out!
I hope this has been healthful. What are your thoughts? Have you tried a fitness app before?