By: Shannon McHale ’15, CRS Weight/Fitness Supervisor
This Week’s App: Moves
In the spirit of Make Moves Maryland, this week’s wellness app is, well… Moves!
This super-sleek looking app is an easy way to track the non-intentional (as well as intentional) activity you do each day.
At its base, Moves works like a pedometer. All you have to do is input your home and work addresses, and the app will track and store both the steps and time it takes you to get between the two.
The cool part is that Moves actually recognizes when you’re walking, running, biking, or taking transit systems – so you only get credit for the movement that you do totally on your own.
The newest version allows you to manually add your gym time and over 60 new activities, and according to the Moves website, those activities may soon be automatically recognized the same way walking, running, and biking are!
For us, the biggest draw to Moves was its simplicity – you just turn the app on in the morning and let it run throughout the day.
It does take a fair amount of battery power, but our batteries still lasted the whole day (plus, there’s an optional battery-saving mode if you’re really worried).
We liked the end-of-day “timeline” output that showed us where we traveled and how we got there during the day. And, because Moves is a pedometer at its core, it shows you your daily step count. While it’s not fun to realize that you’re really falling short of the recommended 10,000 steps a day, it’s hard to make a change when you don’t know that you’re falling short.
On the downside, Moves does cost money: the newest version is $2.99. While it’s not free, it’s definitely cheaper than a FitBit or Nike Fuelband… and it does way more than a standard “running” or calorie-counting app.
Our verdict: worth it if you’re trying to increase your daily activity level, and definitely worth it if you’re considering investing in a FitBit or FuelBand.