A recent study by Journal of Medical Internet Research indicates that exercise apps increase the amount of leisure time that users spend exercising, as well as decreasing their BMI. Researchers from Lander College, Columbia University, Long Island University, and Marymount Manhattan College surveyed 726 people regarding their usage of exercise apps and exercise apps. Sixty-three percent of the sample group had never used an exercise app, 16 percent had used an app in the past but no longer used it, and 20 percent currently used an exercise app.
The current users were 27 percent more likely than the others to self-report being active. The survey showed that the groups reported being equally active during non-leisure time such as incidental exercise like walking to work. The app users said they were more active than other groups during leisure time. Lower body mass index was also correlated with higher app usage in the study.
It’s possible that a higher interest in exercise, which might be more likely among those with a lower BMI, can account for the use of the app and length of use. Therefore, it’s likely that individuals who are more interested in exercise are more likely to seek out exercise apps to help them achieve their goals. Exercise apps also increase self-efficacy. The researchers wrote:
“The results presented in this study suggest that apps, as intervention delivery systems, have the potential to significantly improve population exercise levels and may thus have a significant impact on future public health outcomes.”
Paired with a diet app such as FitClick Talk-to-Track, which is associated with sustained and successful weight loss, users can better monitor their intake and customize their exercise plan to specific days.