Mobile Apps Help Count Calories on the Go

Marina Astapchik
IT Trends Research Specialist
November 8, 2012

Custom mobile applications for smartphones can be specifically designed to give you accurate information on the number of calories burned during walking. Why use such mobile apps?

Knowing the number of calories burned is an important part of losing weight. For the past 20 years there has been a dramatic increase in the percentage of overweight adults, adolescents and young children in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2–19 years and more than one-third of adults (35.7%) are obese. And rates remain high.

Being overweight is linked to an increased risk of heart diseases, diabetes, liver diseases, some types of cancer, arthritis and other health problems. The truth is that fast food and sedentary life is the reality for many. People are spending less time moving and exercising. They are tethered to the TV, computer, or video-game console. Further, today's busy tempo gives fewer free moments to prepare nutritious, home-cooked meals.

What to do? There are numerous diets and pills that promise to fight your extra weight. However, the best remedy is just to get more active! We need activity for health and fitness biologically. Even such simple things like walking instead of driving, walking the dog and taking the stairs will be extremely helpful. Moreover, a number of studies prove that regular, long walks might bring more benefits than short, brisk exercises.

Walking for 45 to 60 minutes at a moderate pace on 5 or 6 days each week is a highly effective calorie expenditure exercise. An excellent complement to your promenades would be a specifically designed mobile app that allows to keep accurate track of the calories you burn during. Such a calorie counting app can greatly help you improve your loss weight.

The app will thus turn your smartphone into a fitness monitor. It can be created with an easy-to-use interface and attractive design. The mobile app will be great for measuring the intensity of your walking efforts, letting you quickly visualize your results on the smartphone. This will keep you motivated and informed about making progress towards losing weight, wellbeing and hence higher quality of life.

Industries and Technology Areas:

Industries: healthcare, sports, fitness, lifestyle

Technology Areas: mobile application development, iOS, iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, smartphone

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