Coronavirus creates boom in digital fitness
16/12/2020 | news | technology | 26
Fitness apps saw a spike in sign-ups from users exercising during the pandemic.
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16/12/2020 10:51:05 4 9
bbc
And that ladies and gentlemen is capitalism in action. Gyms are struggling or closing because they didn't change with the times during lockdown while companies who do things like this are thriving.
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rr6
16/12/2020 11:25:47 11 1
bbc
If these apps encourage people to exercise and stay healthy, this is great. Personally I don’t need these apps and other gimmicks like like smart watches.
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16/12/2020 12:19:07 6 0
bbc
Agreed, however, from what I notice about the piece, it seems that many 'need' the sense that they have friends to compete against or with so it may be a help to a persons mental health as much as physical health.
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16/12/2020 15:59:46 0 0
bbc
but that is because you are better than other people.
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16/12/2020 11:47:11 11 0
bbc
By the photographs are the BBC suggesting that these apps are predominantly used by women?
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16/12/2020 12:25:55 4 0
bbc
And not salad dodgers?

Always reminds me of adverts for unhealthy food. Never of fat, spotty people, but of smiley, skrwany ones who you know spit the product out the moment the camera is turned off...
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16/12/2020 12:57:41 0 0
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Quite! And there is absolutely nothing to suggest, and in fact it is highly unlikely that, Sophie has only started using Strava as a result of the pandemic so nothing to do with the article at all
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16/12/2020 14:48:20 1 1
bbc
The proportion of obese and otherwise unfit men is higher than women. Plus, yes, women are much more likely to use these apps - many have a sharing/social element to them where people offer support & encouragement, which is more popular with women than men. So it doesn't matter if the BBC are suggesting it, because it's true.
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rr6
16/12/2020 11:25:47 11 1
bbc
If these apps encourage people to exercise and stay healthy, this is great. Personally I don’t need these apps and other gimmicks like like smart watches.
4
16/12/2020 12:19:07 6 0
bbc
Agreed, however, from what I notice about the piece, it seems that many 'need' the sense that they have friends to compete against or with so it may be a help to a persons mental health as much as physical health.
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16/12/2020 14:41:33 1 0
bbc
You've highlighted a confusion among people who use these apps. If they really wanted community, they should join a club because no one in their right mind nowadays uses competition to get fitter, fitness doesn't work that way.
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16/12/2020 11:47:11 11 0
bbc
By the photographs are the BBC suggesting that these apps are predominantly used by women?
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16/12/2020 12:25:55 4 0
bbc
And not salad dodgers?

Always reminds me of adverts for unhealthy food. Never of fat, spotty people, but of smiley, skrwany ones who you know spit the product out the moment the camera is turned off...
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16/12/2020 12:39:56 6 12
bbc
Self motivation is all you need....all this tech rubbish - healthy balanced diet and a gym membership and make sure you go and work out - its not rocket science and no need for app or expensive tech stuff.
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16/12/2020 15:27:12 2 0
bbc
I remember when this was all fields.
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17/12/2020 10:14:12 1 0
bbc
Self motivation is all you need - and once you have that, you're right. But building that is hard and these apps do help. Help me. I have stopped using them as everything I do is part of my daily habits, but it used to take a lot to get me off the couch.
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16/12/2020 12:40:29 11 0
bbc
If an app is telling you to get out more then you have got bigger issues!
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16/12/2020 12:50:57 3 2
bbc
Strava is just Instagram for exercising

All about the 'kudos'
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16/12/2020 11:47:11 11 0
bbc
By the photographs are the BBC suggesting that these apps are predominantly used by women?
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16/12/2020 12:57:41 0 0
bbc
Quite! And there is absolutely nothing to suggest, and in fact it is highly unlikely that, Sophie has only started using Strava as a result of the pandemic so nothing to do with the article at all
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16/12/2020 14:18:05 6 8
bbc
What is wrong with a good jog around the park? No apps involved, just good old fashioned keep fit.

These days folk want to be seen keeping fit (and paying for the pleasure) and indeed to see themselves getting fir hence all the mirrors on the gym walls!
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16/12/2020 14:29:47 1 0
bbc
The mirrors are there so you 'don't give yourself a hernia.'
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16/12/2020 14:45:34 7 0
bbc
Mirrors are there so you can check your posture although I can see how it may appear otherwise if you've never tried weightlifting.

Re apps - they don't all cost money. Many come with easy ways to set/track targets in a more reliable way, given that it's digital & uses satellite tracking.

The "sharing" of results & offering encouragement is also enjoyed by some.

Hope that helps.
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16/12/2020 15:07:15 14 0
bbc
Apps and sports watches are used by a lot of people as a form of measurement. It's a good way to keep track of distance and time it takes to run xkm to see whether you're getting fitter or not.

I personally like to see if I can beat my personal best by shave off a few seconds on my 5km runs. It adds a bit of a challenge and makes it more fun.

I see nothing wrong with these apps/tech.
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16/12/2020 15:26:15 2 0
bbc
what's wrong with having more than one option?
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16/12/2020 14:18:05 6 8
bbc
What is wrong with a good jog around the park? No apps involved, just good old fashioned keep fit.

These days folk want to be seen keeping fit (and paying for the pleasure) and indeed to see themselves getting fir hence all the mirrors on the gym walls!
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16/12/2020 14:29:47 1 0
bbc
The mirrors are there so you 'don't give yourself a hernia.'
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16/12/2020 12:19:07 6 0
bbc
Agreed, however, from what I notice about the piece, it seems that many 'need' the sense that they have friends to compete against or with so it may be a help to a persons mental health as much as physical health.
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16/12/2020 14:41:33 1 0
bbc
You've highlighted a confusion among people who use these apps. If they really wanted community, they should join a club because no one in their right mind nowadays uses competition to get fitter, fitness doesn't work that way.
10
16/12/2020 14:18:05 6 8
bbc
What is wrong with a good jog around the park? No apps involved, just good old fashioned keep fit.

These days folk want to be seen keeping fit (and paying for the pleasure) and indeed to see themselves getting fir hence all the mirrors on the gym walls!
13
16/12/2020 14:45:34 7 0
bbc
Mirrors are there so you can check your posture although I can see how it may appear otherwise if you've never tried weightlifting.

Re apps - they don't all cost money. Many come with easy ways to set/track targets in a more reliable way, given that it's digital & uses satellite tracking.

The "sharing" of results & offering encouragement is also enjoyed by some.

Hope that helps.
3
16/12/2020 11:47:11 11 0
bbc
By the photographs are the BBC suggesting that these apps are predominantly used by women?
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16/12/2020 14:48:20 1 1
bbc
The proportion of obese and otherwise unfit men is higher than women. Plus, yes, women are much more likely to use these apps - many have a sharing/social element to them where people offer support & encouragement, which is more popular with women than men. So it doesn't matter if the BBC are suggesting it, because it's true.
10
16/12/2020 14:18:05 6 8
bbc
What is wrong with a good jog around the park? No apps involved, just good old fashioned keep fit.

These days folk want to be seen keeping fit (and paying for the pleasure) and indeed to see themselves getting fir hence all the mirrors on the gym walls!
15
16/12/2020 15:07:15 14 0
bbc
Apps and sports watches are used by a lot of people as a form of measurement. It's a good way to keep track of distance and time it takes to run xkm to see whether you're getting fitter or not.

I personally like to see if I can beat my personal best by shave off a few seconds on my 5km runs. It adds a bit of a challenge and makes it more fun.

I see nothing wrong with these apps/tech.
10
16/12/2020 14:18:05 6 8
bbc
What is wrong with a good jog around the park? No apps involved, just good old fashioned keep fit.

These days folk want to be seen keeping fit (and paying for the pleasure) and indeed to see themselves getting fir hence all the mirrors on the gym walls!
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16/12/2020 15:26:15 2 0
bbc
what's wrong with having more than one option?
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16/12/2020 12:39:56 6 12
bbc
Self motivation is all you need....all this tech rubbish - healthy balanced diet and a gym membership and make sure you go and work out - its not rocket science and no need for app or expensive tech stuff.
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16/12/2020 15:27:12 2 0
bbc
I remember when this was all fields.
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rr6
16/12/2020 11:25:47 11 1
bbc
If these apps encourage people to exercise and stay healthy, this is great. Personally I don’t need these apps and other gimmicks like like smart watches.
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16/12/2020 15:59:46 0 0
bbc
but that is because you are better than other people.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-55337192

the BBC says D Trumps account is now secure.

is it? is it secure? BBC, what evidence have you got to prove it is secure?
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16/12/2020 19:42:03 0 0
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Think you’re on the wrong HYS ??
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-55337192

the BBC says D Trumps account is now secure.

is it? is it secure? BBC, what evidence have you got to prove it is secure?
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16/12/2020 19:42:03 0 0
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Think you’re on the wrong HYS ??
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16/12/2020 20:44:09 0 0
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ish
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16/12/2020 19:42:03 0 0
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Think you’re on the wrong HYS ??
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16/12/2020 20:44:09 0 0
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ish
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17/12/2020 09:30:49 3 0
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With obesity, and associated issues like diabetes, being such a risk factor with the current pandemic, ..and indeed pretty much everything else,.. anything that gets people into shape is a good thing.
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17/12/2020 09:33:53 1 0
bbc
Apps tracking your every step .... The number you take AND where you take them. Big Brother is here, alive and well. No, flourishing, or am I missing something?
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17/12/2020 10:11:39 2 0
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You are missing the CCTV cameras already doing this, the credit cards knowing what you spend your money on and where, the loyalty cards collecting data daily, your employer knowing where you are, your mobile phone pinging off cell towers every second knowing where you are. The streaming services know what you watch and listen to.

All things we asked for...
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17/12/2020 09:33:53 1 0
bbc
Apps tracking your every step .... The number you take AND where you take them. Big Brother is here, alive and well. No, flourishing, or am I missing something?
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17/12/2020 10:11:39 2 0
bbc
You are missing the CCTV cameras already doing this, the credit cards knowing what you spend your money on and where, the loyalty cards collecting data daily, your employer knowing where you are, your mobile phone pinging off cell towers every second knowing where you are. The streaming services know what you watch and listen to.

All things we asked for...
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16/12/2020 12:39:56 6 12
bbc
Self motivation is all you need....all this tech rubbish - healthy balanced diet and a gym membership and make sure you go and work out - its not rocket science and no need for app or expensive tech stuff.
25
17/12/2020 10:14:12 1 0
bbc
Self motivation is all you need - and once you have that, you're right. But building that is hard and these apps do help. Help me. I have stopped using them as everything I do is part of my daily habits, but it used to take a lot to get me off the couch.
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17/12/2020 14:16:16 0 0
bbc
You can always get a simple pedometer if you don't want to use a phone with tracking apps, ...plus it can double as a sort of geiger counter if you're ever visiting the Vatican.