Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat—you know all about the big-name apps that help you connect with your loved ones and share your favorite photos and videos. But what about the apps that help you improve your health? According to a recent study, participants who used fitness apps were much more active compared to nonusers and—get this—even had a lower body mass index. The study’s authors believe apps help people overcome barriers like a lack of understanding or organization, which leads to better exercise habits. Over time, these improved habits can mean big changes.
In general, there are 3 types of fitness apps, and the main difference among them lies in the way they process and store the information: