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Do fashion apps really help to achieve the best sports results?

04 May 2023, 13:04, parser
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All kinds of controlling gadgets and programs, as well as the Quantified Self movement itself, are at the peak of popularity. But is it really impossible to keep fit without constantly collecting statistics? Do all these fashionable "toys" that track a person's physical parameters really help to achieve better results?

According to the founder of the popular Runkeeper application, Jason Jacobs, when using such programs, either the endurance and speed of an athlete or the distance increase. To prove this, the developers of Runkeeper together with FactCo.Labs conducted an experiment. They analyzed the training schedules of users who had at least one run in February, March and April of this year.

It turned out that the average distance for novice runners increased by 26% in 11 weeks (from 5.15 km to 6.59 km). This is clearly seen in the graphs below.

Long distances have increased by an average of 20% during this time (from 6.11 km to 7.40 km). It is noteworthy that improvements occur in about 9 weeks, after which there is a slight decline.

Average speed increased by 11% (from 18.5 km/h to 20.7 km/h).

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At the same time, motivation is also important in using applications to improve sports results: for some, social responsibility is the catalyst, because your friends will see your achievements; for others, program instructions, and for others, additional functions that open up in case of positive dynamics.

Anyway, many people, going out for a run with a "trainer" in their pocket and knowing what distance and at what pace they need to overcome in order to not deny themselves anything at dinner, it is easier to cope with the task.

And in your opinion, do fashion apps help to be in the best physical shape?

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