Apple Inc has announced “Healthbook,” a new health-tracking app for mobile devices, and the company’s first major step out into the health and fitness category.
The new “Healthbook” app will help you make sense of your overall health trends by tracking nutrition, fitness, weight and monitoring your habits such as food intake, sleep cycle and hydration levels. Data will eventually be accessed by the smart watch, expected to launch later this year. Company officials promised that consumer privacy will be fiercely protected. The app is developed with input from Nike, and also the Mayo Clinic, who are supporting the data collection and reporting aspects of the software.
But whether “Healthbook” will eventually replace all other health & fitness apps remains to be seen.
As a former Apple employee, and one of the first personal trainers in the country to switch from paper to 100% digital record keeping, I think the future success of personal trainers is going to depend on the curiosity, adaptability, personal service and ability to educate clients. With electronic record keeping rapidly becoming the new minimum of what is acceptable, I think this is a VERY exciting time to work in health and fitness!
A good graphical overview of HealthBook here: http://9to5mac.com/2014/03/17/