There s an app for that using smartphones to promote activity
1 / 36

- PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • Uploaded on

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

I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about '' - miranda-buckner

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
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 Activity

  • Background info

    • Smartphones and apps

  • What are apps

  • How download/install apps

  • How use apps to promote PA

  • Spotlight selected apps

  • Practice

There s an app for that using smartphones to promote activity
Q&A Activity

  • 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)

There s an app for that using smartphones to promote activity

  • Replace existing laptops Activity

  • Merge with tablets

    • Expanding screen

  • 100% internet compatible

    • Source:

Growth in smartphones also entner march 2010
Growth in Smartphones ActivityAlso: (Entner, March 2010)

Background info
Background Info Activity

  • 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

There s an app for that using smartphones to promote activity
Q&A Activity

  • 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

Guess Activity

  • 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 Activity

  • 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

General teaching strategies1
General Teaching Strategies Activity

  • 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.

General teaching strategies2
General Teaching Strategies Activity

  • Rotate smartphone if unit is long enough. Individually students could be required to print out their workout reports and submit for a grade.

General teaching strategies3
General Teaching Strategies Activity

  • 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 Activity- 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 Activity

  • 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.

Selected apps1
Selected Apps Activity

  • 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.

Selected apps2
Selected Apps Activity

  • 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 Activity

  • 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 Activity

  • 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.

Selected apps5
Selected Apps Activity

  • 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.

Selected apps6
Selected Apps Activity

  • 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.

Selected apps7
Selected Apps Activity

  • 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.

Selected apps8
Selected Apps Activity

  • 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)

There s an app for that using smartphones to promote activity
Q&A Activity

  • 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

Selected apps9
Selected Apps Activity

  • 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

Selected apps10
Selected Apps Activity

  • 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 Activity

  • 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 Activity

  • “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

Developing apps
Developing Apps Activity

Practice Activity








Thanks for attending
Thanks for attending!!! Activity

  • Materials available at:


  • Presenter: Matthew Cummiskey