Studies show that only a small minority of people have perfect health. For instance, only 5 percent of people worldwide had no health problems in 2013. People are increasingly aware of benefits of healthy living since a healthy lifestyle can help them to escape heart problems, obesity, premature skin ageing, and more.
A growing number of people keep to a balanced diet and engage in some sort of sport activities: cycling, football, jogging, and more. Many people use fitness apps for different reasons, such as tracking their progress, boosting motivation, competing with other users of an app, etc. Such a tendency stems from a high-level smartphone penetration. In the USA alone, the smartphone penetration nears 80% of the mobile market.
However, many people find it very boring to use fitness apps that cannot boast gamification features. People want to turn their sport activities into a fascinating game. Nowadays mobile games are extremely popular, and almost each owner of a mobile phone (and a smartphone, in particular) has one or more mobile games installed on his/her phone.
That is why gamified fitness apps are bound to achieve success. There are some such apps that already used by a large number of people. See our list of the most popular gamified fitness apps below:
1. Pokémon GO
This app has taken over the world. It will make you to get off the coach and start exploring surroundings in search for wild Pokémon, PokéStops, Gyms, and more. This game can be played by anyone and anywhere – a map in this game is based on the actual real-world map. You may also find Eggs that you can hatch in an incubator by walking a certain distance: 2, 5 or 10 kilometers. The more distance is required, the rarer Pokémon you will hatch. You can invite friends to join your adventure and spend time together outdoors.
This game will be chosen by owners of smartphones who did not give his/her heart to Pokémon GO. The app is more of a team sport aspect, than the previous one. It is framed as a struggle between two fractions, and players can pick one of them. The players have to walk around to find new portals and capture them and link together to get control over the territory. This app is beloved by those who like science fiction since its story is based on a mysterious energy unearthed by scientists.
3. Zombies, Run!
This app is a perfect choice for those who wants to start jogging. It is a running game and audio adventure that was created with the help of a renowned novelist. Each your run will be different from others: you will have to undertake a mission to save yourself from zombies. The app will make you run at different speeds while you are listening to a story. You can also choose your own custom playlists before exploring one of 200+ stories available for subscribers.
This app is also loved by runners who do not like zombies. Players can become a part of a sci-fi game by putting on their headphones, selecting workout time and a music playlist. The story is catching, and users of the app have to walk, jog or run to make it develop further. During each workout users can collect resources (like iridium) in order to upgrade their capabilities for a new mission. The app enables users to share their run to Facebook to show their results to friends.
This app is the best match for those who do not like running and do not have enough time to visit a gym. A user plays a role of a pilot of the prototype AEGIS One battlesuit whose mission is to defend our planet against alien invaders. The app uses a front-facing camera of players to track their reps and calories. Besides, users earn achievements and medals for each workout. They can also track their progress with detailed statistics, such as how many calories were burned, how many workouts were done, etc.
We are sure that gamified fitness apps have bright prospects due to high popularity of mobile apps and games among potential users and companies experienced in developing both mobile games and custom healthcare applications should join the race by offering their own fitness apps.