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There’s an App For That

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, March 30, 2015

Last Wednesday, March 25th, the NCRPA Wellness Initiative had the honor to have Ellis Hamburger, Communications team at Snapchat, Inc. host an incredibly informative Wellness Webinar. His webinar focused on the importance of physical activity for our overall health. He opened up his discussion by stating that even moving 30 minutes per day can decrease an overweight person’s chance of getting Type 2 Diabetes by 50 percent. For children, it is about 60 minutes per day of physical movement. Ellis discussed smartphone apps that provide us with the tools and some inspiration to remind us to be more active and health aware.

One of the first apps he suggested, Human, is an activity and calorie tracker. This app inspires you to move 30 minutes or more every day, whether if that’s walking, running, biking or any sort of indoor activity. You can map your runs, walks and activity using GPS and even compete with co-workers, family members or friends.

7 Minute Workout Challenge, is an exercise app that uses a research-backed workout program. Researchers have selected 12 exercises that are performed for 30 seconds with 10 second rest intervals. Exercises are simple to perform, and require little to no equipment. The app also tracks your progress, and results in higher daily metabolism and is equivalent of working out for over an hour. Exercises can include push-ups, wall sits, planks, jumping jacks or lunges, which all can be done outdoors or indoors.

Health for the IPhone and Google Fit for Androids, is an app that tracks your daily activity just by carrying your phone, such as walking, running, and cycling activity. As of now the US adult average amount of steps per-day is 5900 steps, where we should be aiming for at least 10,000 steps per-day. This app will allow you to set goals based on either duration or steps and you are able to see progress throughout the day.

To learn more about other apps that inspire and support a healthier, more activity lifestyle please click the following link to listen to Ellis’s webinar:

Using apps to support making a lifestyle change can provide support and motivation to kick off a healthier you! But it’s not just using an app its making a conscious effort to be more active, Ellis makes great points in the webinar about parking further from the door, getting off one bus stop earlier, or going for a quick walk during a lunch break. We encourage you to share this information and other inspirational ideas with your community through newsletters, or daily health-fact tweets through twitter. Remember, the more creative you are the more excited and involved your community will become. 

One step more is one step closer to leading a healthier life. If you have any apps you would like to share, then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (, 


Tags:  Fitness Apps  Health  Smartphones  Tips  Wellness 

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