By 2020, the wellness and fitness industry in the UK is expected to reach over £22.8 billion by 2020. The market is growing due to the rising popularity of health supplements, sports equipment, gym memberships and a flood of phone apps designed to help you reach your health and fitness goals. A calorie checker app is available by the NHS to keep count of what you’re eating, as well as a Smokefree app to help smokers who want to kick their habit. Data has shown that around over a half of the British population give up their weight loss goals after just a month of setting them — so in this article we’ll help you check out what apps can keep you focused on the road the fitness in 2020.
Couch to 5k
This app is useful for those who aren’t quite keen on participating in marathons but want to improve their stamina. Couch to 5k, presented by Public Health England, builds you up gradually with a mix of running and walking so that within nine weeks you should be able to run 5 kilometres (3.1 miles). There’s also a choice of five virtual trainers to help you on your fitness journey and keep you motivated.
This app encourages fitness in a fun and innovative way. Although it may be a game, it does get people active. Pokémon works by individuals needing to be active in the community to progress in the game. According to Sport England, one in three kids in England take part in less than 30 minutes of physical activity each day. This was described by Sports Minister Mims Davies as ‘simply unacceptable’. With games like Pokémon Master, this is a great way to get kids active and taking part in an activity they’d enjoy. It was even found that the original Pokémon Go was also helping to bring families together as parents and children were competing with one another as to who could catch the rare monsters.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
If you’re a Harry Potter fan and liked the concept of the Pokémon Go game, then this is for you. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite works by users having to complete a certain number of steps in order to open up treasure chests for more loot. Also, as magical creatures and characters spawn on the map in-game, you need to physically travel to move your character across the map. However, unlike the Pokémon take, this game will be able to track your activity without even running the app. Therefore, you’ll be able to track your steps without being synced to the game, and those who like to wear a Fitbit will more than likely agree that this can become a game in itself!
If you find it difficult to get motivated to exercise outside the gym but aren’t prepared to be locked into a year long contract, Esquared is ideal. This app works in the same way as Uber in the sense that it allows you to find gym sessions and one-off classes in your area. The benefit of this app is that it’s non-committal and there are no subscription fees. Currently, it’s only available in London and Sydney, but keep an eye out in case it expands into an area near you!
Babylon: GP at Hand
The future of healthcare and technology! Chat to NHS GPs through a video appointment. Usually, you’ll be seen within two hours once you make your request, meaning that you no longer have to wait weeks for an appointment or attend a walk-in surgery. It allows the doctor to discuss your symptoms and, where necessary, you can show them your issues on camera.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll be no stranger to the rising focus on mental health. Campaigns such as ‘It’s Okay Not to Be Okay’ are bringing our mental well-being into the forefront of the attention via the media. However, in the UK, approximately one in four of us will experience a mental health problem each year. Depression and anxiety are two of the most common issues. This American-based app helps anyone who feels isolated discuss their concerns and issues thanks to it connecting you instantaneously to one of its 160,000 trained volunteer listeners and licensed therapists. It’s anonymous, free, and confidential. It also allows you to participate in guides chats through group support discussion rooms.
Make the most out of your smartphone, ditch the thumb exercising that is texting and exercise your body and mind! With 2020 quickly approaching, why not set some goals for personal improvement?