fitness app

By Aditi Pai April 4, 2014
Exercise and nutrition smartphone apps for children do not use the top recommended behaviors and strategies that were developed to prevent pediatric obesity, according to a report published in Childhood Obesity. Some of the expert-recommended behaviors that the report looked for included eating five fruits and vegetables per day, exercising for one hour every day, watching TV for no more than two...
By Aditi Pai April 1, 2014
Organizer of the Boston Marathon, the Boston Athletic Association has created an app for the upcoming marathon, which happens in April. The Boston Athletic Association released iOS and Android apps that offer runners a way to participate in the marathon even if they aren't in Boston running in the event. The free app, called Boston Marathon World Run, was created created thanks to sponsorship...
By Aditi Pai March 26, 2014
Android smartphone maker HTC announced this week that Fitbit's app will be preloaded on all HTC One smartphones. Until this year, the Fitbit connected app was mainly useful to those that had a Fitbit activity tracker, but in January, the company announced that it added passive tracking to its iOS app, which uses Apple’s M7 motion coprocessor. Fitbit's app's passive tracking feature is called "...
By Jonah Comstock February 3, 2014
There are numerous apps out there with the goal of helping the user lose weight, whether by tracking their food intake, their exercise, or their weight itself. They also take different approaches to behavior change, with rewards, gamification, or social networks. But Carrot Fit, a new iPhone app, manages to do something new: the app includes a snarky female-voiced artificial intelligence (AI) who...
By Jonah Comstock January 29, 2014
Diet and fitness apps were used by 55.7 million American adults in 2013, up from 43.9 million in 2012, according to a study by Kantar Media's MARS OTC/DTC Study of 20,000 consumers. The study found that 129 million American adults (55 percent of the population) own either a smartphone or a tablet or both -- 116 million (49 percent of the population) own a smartphone and 64 million (27 percent)...
By Aditi Pai January 27, 2014
San Francisco-based exercise app Fitmob has raised $9.8 million from Mayfield Fund, Sillicon Valley Bank and prominent individuals, according to a press release. Fitmob also released its beta app earlier this week. “Fitness is a passion of mine, but the current model is broken – with 30 million Americans wasting billions of dollars per year on memberships they don’t use, and hundreds of thousands...
By Aditi Pai January 6, 2014
Fitness incentivizing app GymPact has rebranded, changing its name to Pact and raised $1.5 million in a round led by Khosla Ventures and PayPal alum Max Levchin. This brings their total funding to $2.5 million. Until now, Pact has offered users money only for exercising more, just so long as these users pay $5 if they don't make their goals. The money that users must pay for missing their goals...
By Jonah Comstock December 11, 2013
Six months after it's announcement at the Games for Health conference in Boston, Massachusetts, Six to Start, makers of gamified fitness app Zombies, Run!, has launched The Walk, a new iOS and Android app sponsored by the UK's Department of Health and NHS. The app will cost $4.99 with an introductory price of $3.99 and is designed to take three months to play through the story, a length designed...
By Aditi Pai October 21, 2013
A guided weight loss program, such as Weight Watchers, may be more effective than the self-help approach, according to a study conducted by Baylor College of Medicine and sponsored by Weight Watchers. The self-help group was given a set of resources online to read about and then encouraged to lose weight based solely on that library of information. The study of 292 overweight and obese adults,...
By Aditi Pai October 8, 2013
The exergame product from Blue Goji, a health startup from Guitar Hero creators Charles and Kai Huang and financial software OpenLink founder Coleman Fung is now available for purchase for $99 from the company's website. Blue Goji has three components. The first is an app, Goji Play, that will soon be available on iOS. The second component is a set of wireless controllers that can be attached to...