Hello everyone! Welcome back to another edition
of All About Apps by the Cleveroad Studio. Today’s video will be especially interesting
for those of you who have a thing about sports and healthcare. Yep, it’s about diets, exercise,
and physical activity but with a dash of information technology. You might have already guessed
by now that we’ll be discussing how to build a fitness application! First of all, let’s get familiar with the
different types of fitness and health applications. Basically, there are three types of fitness
applications: activity tracking apps
diet and nutrition apps workout or exercise apps The idea of a fitness activity tracking app
is to provide a user with information about the number of steps taken, stairs climbed,
walking and running distances, calories burned, the amount of sleep and so on. On the dashboard
of the application, a user should see data showing progress, have the opportunity to
log what is missing, and perform other actions as necessary.
With a diet and nutrition app, a user tracks food habits, counts the number of calories
taken/burned, controls water and beverage intake, logs body weight and fat, etc. Many
diet applications allows the setting of personal goals, creation of grocery lists, collecting
recipes, etc. Also, they could have different user-engaging features like scoreboards and
food blogs to make people interact with each other. The main goal of a diet and nutrition
app is to take care of the consumer. So they will remind you to do all the stuff listed
above. A Workout application is a personal fitness
trainer in your pocket. Its purpose is to provide the user with a set of exercises and
to demonstrate how they should be performed. So you can just open your “digital coach”
and have a great workout at home. I guess today we are going to concentrate
on the first and third types of fitness applications since they are similar to each other – well,
the contents of both are very similar. So let’s find out how to develop a powerful
combination of an activity tracking and workout app.
When it comes to healthcare app development, we strongly recommend going native. Why? Since
a fitness app has to communicate with GPS, microphone, camera, Bluetooth, WiFi networking
capabilities (the last two provide access to external sensors) and standard utilities,
such as the calendar and music player. All the connection and communication processes
should be invisible and smooth. Remember that your application has to deliver a pure user
experience. This is where native applications have no equal.
Health and wellness apps are about individualization, that’s why almost all of them ask you to create
a personal account. Services either suggest logging in through social networks like Facebook,
Google+, Twitter, Instagram, etc., or signing up in a more traditional way, via email. Our
future application should provide both opportunities. First of all, information stored in a social
network account will be synchronized with that in the fitness app. Authorizing an application
via Facebook makes the search for friends much easier; thus, the application can combine
some functions of a social network –the news feed — and do its main job — tracking.
We need to consider the entering of personal data as part of the signing in process, so
let’s do it at the beginning. Create a corresponding page for this purpose.
There are several types of data that should be added manually at the start, the rest can
be configured in settings. These are: age
weight You should also suggest adding a profile photo,
by either taking a new photo or downloading one from a library to make the user’s account
feel more personal. Let’s put registration to bed by connecting
the user’s wearable to our app. It’s very important for a fitness app to be compatible
with as many trackers as possible. Fortunately, wearable producers and mobile platforms give
mobile developers just this opportunity. You can find a list of vendors alongside the
API provided by them in the full article, to build your future fitness monster!
Actually, this point is largely connected to the previous one.
Traditional fitness tracking applications are focused on activities like: walking, running,
cycling, or swimming (sometimes). The application normally shows the number
calories burnt, steps taken, miles run, time taken, so on and so forth. You need to ask
about the sensors involved in tracking and how the procedure is implemented, right?
We’ve been mentioning Google Fit and HealthKit APIs since the beginning of the story. These
instruments provide the communication between an app and the different sensors. In our case,
we are talking about accelerometers, gyroscopes, and compasses, be it phones or wearable equipment.
The data gathered from devices goes straight to the fitness store. The rest is the magic…
Just kidding, the rest is a simple calculation. Using these APIs, standard fitness and wellness
apps can share data between each other and store it in one place.
With this feature, a user can build walking routes, track their current position, and
record workouts. Moreover, your users won’t ever get lost.
Exercise is about regularity. A few missed workouts and you will lose shape. That’s
why reminders are very important when it comes to fitness and health app development. But,
they should not be annoying. Make them adjustable. Time and frequency are the main variables
here. One of the most recognizable features on activity
tracking apps. Let users plan ahead and set achievable goals, they should constantly move
forward and develop. These may differ depending on the type of
app. Most of the tracking apps allow the creation your own routine. Garmin connect asks the
user to go to it’s web service to create them. You can choose between running, biking, or
custom workouts. Fill this menu with as many points as you
want. The most important thing is to make the app convenient, but at the same time,
comprehensive! The following features can be a nice supplement
for the future – as they are not must-haves for a tracking App. You decide whether you
want to see them in your app or not. For example, your user wants to count how
many calories they take in or how much water they drink per day. That could be implemented
as an ordinary logbook spiced with a colourful visualization.
Besides working out with pre-set exercise videos, you can integrate a live streaming
feature. On Fitocracy, you can communicate directly with a coach and have private workouts.
Not only will you be under the strict guidance of a trainer, but you can also get exclusive
information on how to improve your body more effectively.
You can get positive feedback as well as a huge flow of customers by adding some social
elements and gamification features. We’ve already told you about linking Facebook and
Twitter, one more stroke is to add a leader board where users are in competition with
each other. But how to make money? Well, there are several
options here. The first and best known is to go freemium. Almost all fitness apps offer
subscriptions and suggest unlocking their extra functionality for additional money.
For the brands selling tracking equipment, a mobile application is a means of boosting
profit, but they can also fill a product with in-app advertisements and offer subscriptions,
like those who don’t depend on wearable sales.
As regards exercise apps, applications can charge users a fee for having one-on-one workouts
and getting a customized nutrition program from a personal trainer. Or you can employ
a mix of methods. You can always sell your product for an upfront
fee. But this approach may not find acceptance with the masses.
Well, I hope you have a better idea of how fitness and health applications are normally
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