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Fitness App Research Likely To Increase

Fit tech influence still needs to be measured.

Fitness apps

We all have our favorite fitness apps, and if you’re like most fitness pros and enthusiasts, you are partial to many different ones—or, at least, you know about them.

Spanish researchers examined the current state of fitness app research by analyzing studies published between 2011 and 2019. The team found that most studies are in the fields of medicine, computer science and health sciences, and most relate to app performance and function, potential benefits for chronic disease treatment, apps’ influence on public health, and motivation for app users.

Researchers predict future studies will include more focus on consumer motivation, engagement and behavior. Read the study in Telematics and Informatics (2020; doi:10.1016/j.tele.2020.101506).

See also: Mobile Apps Aid Weight Loss


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Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is an internationally acknowledged integrative health and mindfulness specialist, best-selling author of 16 fitness and wellness books translated into multiple languages and sold worldwide, award-winning health journalist, contributing editor to Fitness Journal, media spokesperson, and IDEA's 2008 Fitness Instructor of the Year. She's a 25-year industry veteran and former health and fitness educator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, who has served on multiple industry committees and co-authored trade books and manuals for ACE, ACSM and YMCA of the USA. She has appeared on TV worldwide and was a featured trainer on America's Next Top Model.

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