January 26, 2017

If you are like most people, after waking up today you probably checked the weather, read a little news, listened to music and checked in with friends and acquaintances before heading out the door. And you probably did all those things using a smartphone or tablet app.

Mobile Apps and You

Apps, or mobile applications, as they are formally known, have become a ubiquitous part of our daily lives, changing the way many of us live, work, play, and even fall in love. Experts say the importance of those tiny icons on our phones and tablets will only increase as more and more of the world connects to the internet via a mobile source.

Games are, by far, the most downloaded apps, followed by entertainment and social media tools. However, Health & Fitness was the fastest-growing app category in 2014, according to Google Play data. The king of that category was MyFitnessPal, a free diet app that helps you lose weight by keeping track of calories. Apple and Microsoft offer similar versions under the titles Health and Microsoft Health.

Health & Fitness Apps

Besides the diet-related content, Health & Fitness apps come in several varieties:

  • Wearable technology. These apps connect users to other technology, such as fitness bands, which help track duration, distance, calories burned and other data related to workouts.
  • Workout guides. These offer easy-to-follow instructions for exercise routines, many of which can be performed at home.
  • Exercise trackers. These apps take advantage of GPS technology in phones to tell users how far and how fast they have run or biked. Some involve immersive games to encourage longer or faster exercise efforts.
  • Medical information. These apps offer health information and support tools to aid in understanding injuries, illnesses and general health.

Resources

Government of Canada – Mobile Centre: www.canada.ca/en/mobile.html

Royal Canadian Mounted Police – Internet Safety: www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cycp-cpcj/is-si/isres-ressi-eng.htm

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