How to Create a Fitness App?
- Friday, November 30, 2018
- 6 Min Read
We decided to focus on the process of mobile app development to find out what to do if you want to create your own fitness mobile application. So are you ready! Here we go!
Fitness application: How to develop your own app?
Different types of fitness apps
There are millions of fitness apps present on the app store, yet, none of them are popular. If you are planning to create a fitness app, let’s consider the apps which customers love to use the most according to their types:
High-intensity interval training
HIIT is a kind of application which offer the customers short period training workout which is usually 10 minutes long with lots of high intensive exercises. Such exercises require plenty of energy and burn lots of calories in a short time. HIIT app exercises are very effective, but at the same time, they require a certain level of training from a customer. It isn’t safe to use this type of app by a person who has just started doing sport. Remember this when you build your own fitness app. One of the best examples of a HIIT program is an Android fitness app Tabata HIIT Interval Timer.
Diet and nutrition app
Such apps help users to track the number of consumed calories. A user chooses a product he ate from the list, indicates its weight and gets a precise number of calories. In this scenario, the person can see how many calories he consumed during the day. If you want to build a fitness app of this type, you should know that these applications usually have a barcode scanner which is very helpful when a customer is doing shopping.
You can find all these features in the Calorie Counter – My Fitness Pal app. It’s one of the most popular diets and nutrition apps that is present on the Google Play store. The app is free and it claims that 88% of its users (who visit this app 7 times a week) have lost some weight.
Activity tracking app
These of apps can cover any one specific kind of sport or a maybe a lot of them. For example, there are apps for cyclists, runners, or exercise trackers, and so on. Usually, they can also cover the person’s movements as well. Like tracking the total distance traveled, number of steps taken or climbed, burned calories and various other metrics.
While considering how to make a fitness app to track the activities of users, don’t forget that such apps work much better if they can become compatible with wearable devices. It can either be a smartwatch or Fitbit. These gadgets extend the functionality of a fitness application significantly.
One of the great motivation tricks which activity tracking app uses is social media integration. For example, Nike Run Club allows its customers to share their progress report on various social networks and, what is even more helpful, to find a companion for a user within the area for joint exercises. It is always great to train with friends and other fitness enthusiasts.
A personal trainer or studio app
These are the apps which are created specifically for personal needs of a particular trainer or a fitness studio and their customers. Such programs have very different functionality. Some of these apps can work like an organizer, where a user arranges or cancels his training. They can also have a newsfeed where a studio or a trainer post some update.
Live streaming is one of the most important features required for personal trainer apps. The user arranges a workout session with a trainer so that he can train anywhere. Using a live streaming feature, a trainer can see how a customer does an exercise and the user sees the trainer who explains how to do one exercise or another.
Yoga and meditation app
The yoga and meditation apps usually have a variety of sessions which are classified according to a level of a user. A person selects his/her level and a program he or she wants to get. Such sessions are usually happening on a daily basis which means these apps have a high retention rate! Many apps have inbuilt reminder option that is they inform a user about a session at a specific time every day and users never forget about their training! The perfect example of such an app is Daily Yoga app.
To satisfy the needs of their modern customers, the majority of popular apps are trying to combine several types of apps in one. For example; activity tracker or HIIT apps can also have a calories calculator. Or a yoga app can also offer services of a personal trainer.
Basic fitness app features
All the apps are different and can provide a user set with various functionality. Yet, we offer you a list of the most basic features that you can use to form a base when you make a fitness app:
Always remember that health and fitness app development demands a high level of personalization. That’s why there must be an option to create a personal account. Various services either suggest logging in via social networks like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, etc. or signing up via email. Your future application should give users both the opportunities, though.
All the information that is present on the social network account will be synchronized with the one for a fitness app. Authorizing an application via Facebook makes the search for friends much easier; thus, the application can combine some functionalities of a social network, the news feed, and do its main job tracking. Many apps also allow users to publish their results on Facebook alongside the screenshots of the routes they ran/cycled/walked and upload photos during the workout; the same can be reflected in the app news feed.
There are several types of data that should be added manually in the beginning, the rest can be configured in settings. You can also suggest adding a profile photo by either taking a new photo or downloading from a library. Don’t forget to enable users to choose between pounds and kilograms, if it comes to the user’s weight, and between feet and meters in case of the user’s height.
It’s very important for a fitness app to be compatible with as many trackers as possible. Fortunately, wearable producers and mobile platforms give the app developers such a chance.
User activity tracking
Traditional fitness tracking applications are more focused on activities like walking, running, cycling, and even swimming sometimes. The application normally shows a number of calories burnt, steps made, miles run, the time taken, and so on and so forth.
This feature allows the user to build walking routes, track his current position, and record workouts. Have you ever seen those recorded routes on Strava? No? Then you obviously should see them !!
Sport is all about regularity. A few missed workouts and you will end up losing your shape. That’s why reminders play an important role when it comes to fitness and health app development. Although, they should not be quite annoying. In case the user is in poor health or very busy at the moment, he should have the option of adjusting them. Time and frequency are the main variables that are present here.
It’s one of the most crucial and recognizable features of activity tracking apps. It allows users to plan ahead and set achievable (maybe not) goals, which they should constantly move forward and develop.
They may differ depending on the type of an app. Most of the tracking apps allow creating your own workout programme or choose among from the offered ones.
Stuff this menu with as many options as you want. The most important thing is to make an app which is convenient and customizable. On the other hand, when adding a lot of settings, don’t forget that the menu should be comprehensive!
While working on your idea, don’t forget that the key to success for any fitness or healthcare app development is user engagement and motivation. The Visualization is an important part of this process. That is why you need to provide a user a detailed analytics and reports of their workout activities.
Each app development requires a thorough planning process and technical knowledge. The team of iWebservices knows how to create your fitness app fast and make it unique and appealing. If you are ready to implement an idea into reality, Feel Free to contact us for NO-OBLIGATION consultation:firstname.lastname@example.org
Mairaj Saifi heads Creative Research & UX Unit at iWebServices. He brings in years of expertise in crafting human-centred User Interfaces for businesses across varying functions and industries. Mairaj loves to bring uniqueness to every project he takes up and that aptly connects the brand to their audience, right at the first sight. When not working, Mairaj can be found busy being a constructive critique to his UI community.
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