There is no way to write this without sounding as if I am bragging: every morning, I wake up and do a 12-minute mini-workout, shower, then learn some Japanese over breakfast.
I know, I know. But I am also one of an increasing number of people who have turned to apps to make themselves fitter, healthier and more productive – or, at least, to accrue a few more good habits. Take Ed, a writer from London, who has lost 70kg (11st) using calorie-counting app Lose It!; Gareth, a developer, who credits the Drink Free Days app with helping him to get a handle on his drinking; and Sarah, from Newcastle, who says her period-tracking app has helped her to predict PMT.
Health and fitness-focused apps are wildly popular, and studies have shown that they can have a real impact. Research by Flurry mobile analytics found that usage of such apps grew by 330% between 2014 and 2017, and that more than 75% of active users accessed their app at least twice a week. More than 25% opened them at least 10 times, reflecting high engagement and, the analysis suggested, high retention rates. The NHS has even approved some apps to help with problems such as anxiety, self-harm and depression.