A famous British cricketer Ian Botham once said: “To me, it doesn’t matter how good you are. Sport is all about playing and competing. Whatever you do in cricket and in sport, enjoy it, be positive and try to win.”
Today, many people use fitness applications to keep fit and motivated. According to the report by Grand View Research, Inc., the global mHealth market is growing at CAGR of 44.2% and is expected to reach 111.8 billion US dollars by 2025. Thus, the demand is growing from year to year and a fitness or workout app could be a good idea for a startup.
Fitness apps have a wide range of functionalities helping keep yourself always fit. With a deep understanding of the huge influence of these applications on users’ everyday life, many designers try to activate the problem-solving potential of their fitness apps.
In this article, we will describe the essentials of the UI design for a fitness app and share some handy tips from our mobile app design team. Would like to create your own fitness app? So ready! Steady! Go!
How to build a user profile?
Have you ever used a workout application? That’s amazingly convenient. This small pocket assistant dictates you what to do, gives feedback on your activity, and keep your motivation when you become lazy.
One of the most important things is a fitness app creation process is to make a user profile as personalized as possible. Before creating a user profile, we usually should go through a signing-up process. Fitness apps like any other apps allow logging up via social networks. However, they should require some additional data to fill in such as age, gender, weight, and height. It helps define a user’s physical condition and make a user profile more personalized.
Keep in mind, there are two reasons for creating a fitness app: user motivation and self-improvement. That’s why a user interface should display information about user’s personal achievements like the number of burnt calories or any other sports records. At the same time, minimalism still is one of the hottest UI design trends, thus, don’t overload your fitness app design with unnecessary details.
How to make your app track user activity?
Tracking is a key element of every fitness application. To implement the tracking function, you can connect an app to the mobile sensors using Apple’s HealthKit and Google Fit. They provide APIs granting you access to the health and fitness data gathered on their platforms. Both of them have systems working as a hub for collecting data from various activity trackers and workout apps.
Both Apple and Google have access to the data such as weight measurement, the number of steps, the number of burnt calories, a list of favorite activities, exercise duration, and heartbeat rate.
Social sharing option in a fitness app
All of us would like to look perfectly. However, how many of us do really take care of the body? You can admit, sometimes it’s so difficult to make yourself go and work out. Especially, when you’d prefer to watch a movie or just scroll on Instagram. A social sharing option in your fitness app can help make you go to a gym. How?
The age of social networks is here. It has made us even more social creatures. People would never do many things if they didn’t have the opportunity to share their achievements with others. That’s why your fitness app needs so a social sharing feature giving users a possibility to share their sports records or other workout results with their friends. This feature helps people keep motivated, what’s one of the main fitness app’s objectives as we’ve mentioned above.
Would like to gain another great idea for your future fitness app? Integrate a user playlist right in your application. Music is something that makes us want to move.
Geolocation in a fitness application
Numbers give us motivation. We get a pinch of satisfaction seeing on a map how many kilometers we have run from point A to point B. “Map” is a key concept here. Your fitness app definitely needs a map or, better to say, a geolocation option.
Integration of the data from wearable devices
Wearable devices in the whole their variety still are gaining popularity. Thus, if you want to create a good fitness application you can’t ignore the compatibility with other tracking activity devices such as Fitbit, Apple Watch, Nike +, etc.
Many people would like to track their physiological data including pulse, blood pressure, and other parameters right on the screen of their fitness app. Unfortunately, our mobile phones aren’t smart enough to provide us with this information. For this reason, you need to make an app continuously access data from other wearable devices.
These are a few helpful tools allowing developers to make a mobile app integrated with other fitness devices:
- The Fitbit API gives other companies access to Fitbit data and use this information in their own applications.
- Garmin offers a wide variety of tools that help to make a workout app integrated with the wearable devices.
- Jawbone Up grants access to different APIs and SDKs that help to develop a fitness application and make the hardware products connected to a platform.
Push notifications are important for all applications, especially for fitness apps. They remind when it’s time for workouts and motivate to stay fit. In-app notifications can be connected with a personal workout plan making it easier to do everything in time.
The sport requires persistence and fortitude and so does the creation of sufficient UI design. Learn the basics, add some inspiration and you can surprise yourself.