I‘ve worn an activity tracker for over half a year now; my Jawbone UP has become a big part of my daily life, telling me how much I’ve moved, how well I’ve slept, and even comparing my activity to my friends’ in one feed so I can be as competitive (or not!) as I like.
What it doesn’t tell me though, unless I am on the ball enough to figure it out by myself, is how each of these data points affect each other. For example, do I move less when I’ve had less sleep? Is my active time more or less productive this week than it was over previous weeks? How does my diet affect my health?
This is why I was excited to try the new Addapp, an iOS app that gives you personalised, actionable health and well-being insights through analysing the data it gets from your activity tracker.
Kouris Kalligas, the company’s CEO and Founder, clearly has as much of a love for data as I do, creating complex spreadsheets to make sense of the data his heaps of wearable devices and apps were giving him. He identified a clear gap between the data that’s collected, and what we need to know to make guided changes to improve our health. Addapp was born.
Since its soft launch in 2014, the app has amounted 10s of 1000s of users, with personalised insights being dropped direct to users’ apps every day. Those early users helped to shape the app, with the latest version (available to download from the Apple App Store) offering not just correlation-based insights, but notifications about behaviour change too. So if your activity levels have dropped or you’ve started sleeping less, Addapp will tell you and help you get back on track. You can even set reminders based on the actionable advice the app gives you.Wish your activity tracker could tell you more? Check out the app that does just that! Click To Tweet
The app is currently only available for iPhone and I have an Android, but you can get it on iPad by selecting “iPhone apps only” at the top of the App Store page. Addapp integrates with a number of different apps and devices, including Apple Health, Jawbone UP, Fitbit, RunKeeper, Strava, Misfit, MapMyRun, Withings and Under Armour Connected Fitness.
My Trial of Addapp
I’ve been using Addapp now for just over three weeks to keep tabs on my movement, sleep and diet. Unfortunately, throughout my trial period I was injured so I was unable to test the exercise data analysis or the connection with Strava.
However, I use my Jawbone UP every day, and to make the most of the integration I also tracked my food intake over the three weeks with MyFitnessPal, which feeds directly into the Jawbone app and then onto Addapp.
The app itself is sleek, with a simple interface and beautiful photos for each of the insights. You can set the app to notify you when new insights are available, which I did and found very useful to make sure I kept checking back to see what Addapp had to tell me.
The insights appear in a news-feed style layout, which you can scroll through, and when you tap an insight you are taken to a screen with an explanation and action to take. Some of the insights even had article links at the bottom, in case I wanted to read more about the point that was being highlighted, a very useful feature for those who like to learn. Some insights also had an option to set a reminder, which I didn’t do as the app was on my iPad and not my phone, but I can imagine would be useful for those who need a little nudge!
Over the course of the three weeks I’ve been using the app, I saw a range of insight data, from behavioural changes (my drop in activity levels since my injury was picked up by Addapp – though unfortunately I couldn’t tell it why!), comparisons against the Addapp community (apparently I eat way more carbs than the rest of you!), to clever little nuggets of information about my diet (e.g. the level of calcium in my diet could mean I absorb more fat from my food – I never would have known that from just wearing a tracker).
Overall I found Addapp really interesting to get that little bit more out of my activity tracker. I’d say you get 80% of the data you need from your tracker, but sometimes that extra 20% could be the most useful!
As Kalligas says, “The real problem is that the data generated from wearables and tracking apps only tell you half the story. You can see how far you move and how well you slept, but the next step in the evolution of wearables and personal data is to help you understand why”.
Have you tried Addapp? Why not download it (it’s free!) and let me know what you think in the comments below!
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of AddApp.