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  • Writer's pictureJose Garcia

Next-Generation Fitness Apps: Meeting the Evolving Needs of Users

Updated: Dec 21, 2023

In 2023, users increasingly demand sophistication in the realm of fitness applications. The traditional debate over whether fitness apps qualify as Health Tech seems irrelevant, as 63% of individuals subscribing to health-related apps also hold paid subscriptions to fitness apps. For end-users, the focus is on the benefits they receive rather than the features, blurring the lines between the two.


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Evolution of Fitness Apps in Health Tech


Like other segments of Health Tech, the world of fitness apps has evolved in parallel with changing times. The COVID-19 pandemic led to a surge in fitness apps' popularity as people turned to digital platforms for their fitness needs. However, post-pandemic, the landscape has shifted. Fitness technology is rapidly evolving, and end users are becoming more discerning in what they seek. They desire more than pre-recorded videos or exercise classes conducted via Zoom.


Today's users seek connection - connecting with other like-minded individuals, access to coaching services, or personalized advice tailored to their unique fitness goals. They are not merely looking for features but tangible benefits that improve their well-being.



Challenges with Traditional Fitness Apps


Many users, like myself, have experienced the limitations of traditional fitness apps. They tend to become monotonous quickly, resembling static websites. There's also the risk of injuries when following a one-size-fits-all approach, especially for individuals who may be older or have different physical requirements. Conforming to these generic plans can lead to discomfort and eventual abandonment.



The New Generation: Runna Fitness App


Intrigued by the innovations in the fitness app industry, I decided to give Runna a try. Runna offers a unique "Return to Running" plan, catering to people like me who have a running history but feel daunted by the prospect of starting again. Runna's coaches have anticipated these concerns and developed a plan that offers proactive guidance.


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One aspect that sets Runna apart from its predecessors is its user-friendly choice architecture. Instead of overwhelming users with numerous upfront options, Runna simplifies decision-making. Users make choices step by step, gradually increasing complexity and personalization. This approach is a valuable lesson in user experience, applicable to the broader health tech industry. Simplifying choices and allowing users to customize their experience over time results in a more intricate and personalized fitness journey than traditional apps with overwhelming menus.



Wrapping Up


As I embark on my fitness journey with Runna, I'll be documenting my progress to determine whether this next generation of fitness apps can help individuals like me succeed in achieving their fitness goals.


 

About Radency


Radency is a software development company dedicated to streamlining operations for healthcare companies and improving patient care through innovative solutions. Our team of experienced software engineers, well-versed in the challenges faced by healthcare organizations, crafts custom software like EMR systems, mobile apps for remote monitoring, and secure tele-health platforms. 


By forging long-term partnerships with our clients, Radency ensures our software continuously evolves to meet the ever-changing needs of the healthcare landscape.


Read more about our healthcare projects by the link.

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