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There’s An App for That: Using Smartphones to Promote Activity. Matthew Cummiskey, Ph.D. West Chester University, PA Materials available via website – at end. Session Overview. Background info Smartphones and apps What are apps How download/install apps How use apps to promote PA

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there s an app for that using smartphones to promote activity

There’s An App for That: Using Smartphones to Promote Activity

Matthew Cummiskey, Ph.D.

West Chester University, PA

Materials available via website – at end

session overview
Session Overview
  • Background info
    • Smartphones and apps
  • What are apps
  • How download/install apps
  • How use apps to promote PA
  • Spotlight selected apps
  • Practice
  • What makes smartphones important tools for promoting physical activity?
  • Can they also do the opposite?
    • Oh yes, think of the TV and computer (depends on their use)

Replace existing laptops

  • Merge with tablets
    • Expanding screen
  • 100% internet compatible
      • Source:
background info
Background Info
  • Smartphones v. feature phones
  • Manufacturers (Samsung, HTC, Motorola, etc) are less important than operating systems b/c apps are aligned with the OS. What operating systems exist?
    • Applie iOS, Google Android, RIM Blackberry OS, Palm OS, Windows Phone 7, Nokia Symbian OS
  • What are apps?
    • Mini-programs specific to an OS
    • How many are available:
      • Apple App Store: 300,000+
      • Android Marketplace: 100,000+
  • Installing on a smartphone
  • How many apps are there on the Apple App Store related to health and physical activity
    • Any guesses?
    • Answer: 12,900
  • Next best question – how many are free :)
general teaching strategies
General Teaching Strategies
  • Use internet based version of apps – can be used on a website or downloaded to a smartphone
    • Advantage – anyone, anywhere can use the “app”
    • Example:
      • Track the # of calories consumed, share results with friends, plan meals, search for foods online, and incorporate exercise as part of a calorie monitoring program
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General Teaching Strategies
  • Have one or two smartphones per class to be “representative” of the entire class.
    • MapMyRun - Archive runs, map route, calculate overall distance, calculate change in elevation, create goals and objectives, compare results with others.
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General Teaching Strategies
  • Rotate smartphone if unit is long enough. Individually students could be required to print out their workout reports and submit for a grade.
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General Teaching Strategies
  • Smartphone only apps like “Yoga Free: 200 Poses and Classes”
    • Play the app’s audio through speakers while the teacher duplicates the apps generated on the smartphone
    • #1 for audio and project the app onto a screen through a digital projector
    • Have a selected # of smartphones (school or student owned) and follow the routines in small groups
selected apps free unless indicated
Selected Apps - free unless indicated
  • Walk n\' Play – allows users to track their PA and compete with other users; can create customized profiles and compete online against other users or computer simulations.
  • Fitness Free - 300 exercises grouped according to body parts, muscles and equipment. Includes three prepared routines as well as ability to track weights, sets and repetitions.
selected apps
Selected Apps
  • Daily Butt Workout Free – five minute video of exercises.
  • Ballroom Dancing Basics 1 ($0.99) – teaches the steps for 10 major ballroom dances, includes color pictures, step placement indicators, and directional arrows.
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Selected Apps
  • Bench Press Lite – strength measure that uses a one repetition max bench press while adjusting for age, sex and weight – strength is relative.
  • Playback – users capture video of self performing a skill and compare to a checklist. This can be done individually or in groups.
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Selected Apps
  • Heart Rate – Free – measures heart rate via built in camera. Detects changes in finger skin color corresponding to heartbeats
  • Heart Rate Training Zone Calculator – calculates training zone with ability to adjust upper and lower limits depending on activity. Includes charts and a pulse oximeter.
selected apps3
Selected Apps
  • Learn to Dance Salsa – two hours of instructional videos designed to teach the salsa in a step-by-step fashion.
  • THI Personal Trainer Lite – includes full workouts, 3D demonstrations, and a virtual personal trainer.
  • Fitness Pro - has over 450 exercises with pictures, the ability to create routines, log results, and graphs.
selected apps4
Selected Apps
  • Pedometer FREE (Dr. Oz) – Calculates steps while walking, running or jogging. Measures distance, time, calories burned, speed and pace. Creates logs, calculates BMI and can export results to a spreadsheet file.
  • The North Face Trailhead – locates hiking trails/bike routes based upon user’s location, over 300,000 available.
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Selected Apps
  • Nike Women Training Club – addresses five areas of fitness (cardio, core, strength, balance and flexibility) through videos, drills and a workout schedule. Friends can work towards common goals or compete for most improved.
  • Stopwatch – basic functions of stop, start and reset.
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Selected Apps
  • Pace Yourself Lite – calculates pace, distance and time based upon the other two variables.
  • RightBrain Golf Lite – view swing demonstrations by a PGA tour player overlaid with audio cues. Focuses on mental training and visualization.
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Selected Apps
  • Virtual Tennis Coach – learn from Lleyton Hewitt’s former coach how to serve and volley from videos.
  • CPR Hero – can be used for training purposes or in the event of an emergency. Includes pacing, counts, breaths, verbal guidance and an in-app 911 calling feature.
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Selected Apps
  • Attendance ($3.99) – record class attendance and schedule meetings. Student information can be uploaded from a spreadsheet file or address book. Photographs of students may be displayed next to their name.
  • QRS Reader (free local if under 100)– similar to geocashing (have students text location and you reply with next location)
  • Does anyone presently use smart-phone apps for related to health and/or physical activity not discussed? If so, which one(s)?
    • Responses from attendees:
      • adidasmycoach, runkeeper, livestrong, tabatapro, idemo
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Selected Apps
  • Health apps as well
    • Health Tips
    • R-U-Buzzed? BAC Calculator
    • BMI Calculator Lite
    • Cigarettes Lite
    • Eye Exam
    • Glucose Buddy
    • Eight Glasses a Day ($0.99)
    • Free Personality Quiz
    • American Health Journal
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Selected Apps
  • Health apps as well
    • Fertility and Pregnancy Calculator
    • Human Body Facts!
    • iFirstAid Lite
    • 12 Steps AA Companion
    • Relax
    • Test of Life
    • Calorie Counter
    • Portion Control
saving on internet
Saving $$ on Internet
  • Typical unlimited internet connections cost $30-$35/month
  • Save money by not purchasing 3G or 4G internet and instead using wifi’s (hotspots) generated by wireless routers at home or work (Ben Sibley, Appalachian State U).
    • May be difficult to use wifi outside the building on a playing field so ask that a wifi be installed outside in a central location depending on distance from a building.
factors before buying
Factors before Buying
  • “Try before buy” at the Amazon Android app store.
  • If you own a smartphone, experiment with your own first or borrow from a friend
  • Try on a class first and avoid throwing in all at once
  • Pay careful attention to OS


thanks for attending
Thanks for attending!!!