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SPORTS MEDICINE : MEDICAL: CONDITIONS: OBESITY : PHYSICAL EXERCISE AND FITNESS : MOBILE APPS: Free Fitness Iphone Apps Fail to Meet American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Guidelines

David P. Dillard
 

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SPORTS MEDICINE :

MEDICAL: CONDITIONS: OBESITY :

PHYSICAL EXERCISE AND FITNESS :

MOBILE APPS:

Free Fitness Iphone Apps Fail to Meet
American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Guidelines

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Free Fitness Iphone Apps Fail to Meet
American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Guidelines

Published: July 29 2015

University of Florida News

http://news.ufl.edu/archive/2015/07/free-fitness-iphone-apps-fail-
to-meet-american-college-of-sports-medicine-exercise-guidelines.html

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/p3atnj4

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UF Health researchers recently found that only one of 30 popular free fitness apps for iPhones meets the majority of guidelines for physical activity from the American College of Sports Medicine, the worlds largest sports medicine and exercise science organization. The findings were published this month in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

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When compared to the guidelines for aerobic exercise, strength or resistance, and flexibility, the top-scoring app was the Sworkit Lite Personal Workout Trainer App with 9.01 out of a possible 14 points. Each app was scored across those three categories, examining to what extent they adhered to the specific American College of Sports Medicine guidelines, including parameters for safety, warm-ups, cool-downs, stretching, intensity, frequency and progression.

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While more than half the apps included some of the recommendations for aerobic exercise and 90 percent met at least one criterion for strength and resistance, two-thirds of the apps did not meet any of the flexibility criteria.

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While apps have great potential to give more people access to workouts that could help them achieve a healthy weight and fitness level, we found that the vast majority of apps are not as safe as they could be and do not give users the type of well-rounded workouts known to be most effective, said Franis Modave, Ph.D., associate professor in the UF department of health outcomes and policy and lead author of the study.

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Ultimately, only Sworkit Lite Personal Workout Trainer met more than half of the criteria. Three apps met more than half the criteria in the aerobic category: Sworkit Lite Personal Workout Trainer, C25K 5K Trainer Free and Running for Weight Loss. Four apps earned half the possible points in the strength or resistance category: Sworkit Lite Personal Workout Trainer, Ultimate Fitness Free, JEFIT Workout and StrongLifts 5X5. Ultimate Fitness Free was no longer available on the App Store at the time of this release. No app scored above 50 percent in the flexibility category.

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Several of the apps contained high-quality content in one of the three categories, but almost none of them had high-quality content in all of them, especially flexibility said Heather Vincent, Ph.D., FACSM, assistant professor in the department of orthopaedics and rehabilitation in the UF College of Medicine. This is a problem because flexibility is important for good exercise form, relaxation and cool-down.

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