Nutrition vs. Fitness: Which rules mobile health?
Published Monday, July 8, 2013 12:45PM EDT
According to a U.S. survey, consumers who use their mobile devices for health rely on their gadgets more for nutrition and diet tracking than for fitness.
In its findings, mobile operator U.S. Cellular revealed that just 10 per cent of its customers use a smartphone or tablet for health and fitness on a regular basis, tech website Mobihealthnews reported on Tuesday. The survey, conducted in early April, involved 527 post-paid customers.
Of U.S. Cellular customers who regularly use their mobile phone or tablet for fitness/health activities, 64 per cent said that they look up nutritional information, while 61 per cent track nutritional intake and 56 per cent track workouts, U.S. Cellular told Relaxnews in an email.
Additionally, of U.S. Cellular customers with smartphones, 16 per cent said mobile devices help them eat healthier, 12 per cent said mobile devices help them to spend less time planning and preparing meals, 12 per cent said mobile devices help them feel healthier, and 11 per cent said mobile devices help them increase workout frequency/stay on a schedule.
Also, 10 per cent said mobile devices help them manage or treat a health issue successfully, while nine per cent said their devices help them stay in better shape. Eight per cent said that their mobile devices help them lose weight.
Last November, the Pew Internet and American Life Project reported that 11 per cent of all mobile phone users had downloaded an app to track or manage their health.