Made in India fitness apps to keep you in the pink of healthHarshith Mallya
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Health is not valued till sickness comes.
In our race to achieve personal or professional goals and targets, we sometimes make sacrifices which could affect our health adversely. Proper diet and exercise are essential to keep body and mind in sync with each other and function at optimum levels. For some of us it is difficult to maintain our workout or gym schedules because of a variety of reasons.
Technology aims to make it easier for us to stick to our goals, attain information about our body and calorie intake so that we can make smarter, more informed decisions. Here are a few made in India fitness apps worth knowing.
The Stridalyzer is essentially a sensor fitted insole to be worn while running and works in combination with an app on the smartphone and cloud-based analytics. It analyzes the stride and gait and, among other things, can predict if one is heading for an injury.
During a run, the device constantly gathers data, learns the runner’s form, style and various pressure points, and provides real-time advice to the runner to help them run with the correct form. It also provides real-time visualization of stress and pressure on the feet and knees. At the end of the run, the Stridalyzer app displays a complete analysis of form, speed, distance and rhythm, among other things.
Orobind is a marketplace to discover personal fitness coaches around and book their sessions. Users can set their weight loss goals, earn rewards as they progress towards their goals. They can also monitor their progress discussing it continuously either with their in-house coaches/motivation experts or personal coaches.
The startup has received seed funding from Lalit Mangal, Co-founder of Commonfloor, Sameer Mehta, an entrepreneur from ISB Hyderabad an a few senior engineers from Microsoft and TransOcean.
A TechSparks TECH30 startup, GetActive began its R&D in 2011 and the device was finally launched in January 2013. They sold over 10,000 devices in the first year.
The startup currently has three devices to help users lead and keep track of their lifestyle: Tapp, Slim and eZ at Rs 4,999, Rs 3,999 and Rs 2,999 respectively. GetActive relies heavily on gamification, reward programs and competitions in social networks. All their devices can by synced to Android and iOS devices to monitor the personalised dashboard and monitor calories burnt etc.
HealthifyMe encourages users to achieve their fitness and weight loss goals through their computers and smartphones. The app, built by doctors, nutritionists and fitness trainers claims to deliver guaranteed results. Users need to track their food intake and exercise, and follow their coach etc.
The product has been developed keeping Indian body types and Indian food habits in mind. They also claim to have the largest Indian food database to help users keep track of their calories intake. They have also partnered with medical institutions and corporates such as Apollo Hospitals, Medanta -- The Medicity, Manipal Hospital, and Unilever.
Founded by serial entrepreneur and angel investor Vishal Gondal, GOQii integrates wearable technology, expert-led personalized coaching and elements of social philanthropy to encourage users to make a shift towards a healthier lifestyle. The company is headquartered in California with offices in Mumbai and Shenzhen, but its first focus has been India. The company had raised funding from some prominent personalities like Google Senior VP Amit Singhal, Flextronics CEO Mike McNamara, among others in August 2014.
GOQii’s wrist band features a full touch display, a vibrating alarm, ultra-lightweight water resistant construction with skin sensitive materials, and automatic wireless syncing via bluetooth. For Indian residents, the device and services can be availed at Rs 11,999 for a year, Rs 6,999 for six months, and Rs 3,999 for three months.
Website : GOQii
FitHo aims to provide scientific and practical food combinations with exercise, to boost metabolism and fat burning. Users get access to personalized exercise plans, diet plans that are customized to the users food preference and lifestyle. The service instructs users on what to eat, when to eat and how much to eat to achieve their health goals.
The startup had been web based, with about 70,000 people having used their web based service so far. They recently launched their mobile app to cater to a larger audience.
How do you stay fit? Are there any other fitness apps that we may have left out? Do share in the comments below.