Apps to help people with a health condition stay active

By Get Active, in partnership with the Sport Tech Hub

In a series of articles produced in collaboration with London Sport’s consumer activity finder platform, Get Active, we take a look at a range of apps and tech products designed to help people stay active while managing a health condition.

The apps and tech products listed below are part of the Active At Home database, a tool curated by Sport Tech Hub and London Sport alongside key players in the SportsTech ecosystem.

Active At Home contains a range of free or low-cost physical activity offers provided by SportsTech, FitTech and HealthTech founders across the UK and beyond to help people to #StayInWorkOut.

This article was originally published on getactive.io.

iPrescribe Exercise

By entering some simple health information, the iPrescribe Exercise app helps to build a 12-week physical activity programme that is specific to the health condition of the user. 

The user will have the option to select any combination of 20 chronic health conditions that the app can specifically target with tailored exercise.  The app also asks of any medications that will affect the user’s heart rate or rhythm, to ensure safe exercise.  

What does the team at Get Active like about this app?

iPrescribe Exercise provides an impressive amount of information for users and healthcare practitioners – including the ability to export the the health data in a progress report. 

This app is for anyone who wants to improve their overall health, but can also be used to manage a number of long-term health condition and help those at risk of developing them become more active and increase their activity levels. 

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iPrescribe Exercise have released their app early to help those most at risk groups to stay active. They also offer a digital service to any medical rehab programme (e.g. cardiac or cancer rehab) that had to shut due to the covid-19 outbreak, at zero cost. 

Download for iPhone


Image showing the iPrescribe Exercise product
Image taken from the iPrescribe Exercise website.

Image showing Activ84Health product

Image taken from the Memoride website.

Memoride with Activ84Health

Memoride allows residents of care homes to virtually go outside from within the safety and comfort of an indoor environment; back to the streets where they used to live (for a ride down memory lane). 

Their technology combines a traditional fitness device with user-friendly software, such as a tablet or television screen, to provide a unique experience to users.

What does the team at Get Active like about this product?

Memoride offers meaningful activities to keep elderly people active physically, cognitively and socially, by bringing the outside indoors and triggering pleasant memories for users. 

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One day per week, Activ84Health offers free use of Memoride for nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, hospitals. Only care organisations can apply (B2B), no individual users possible.

Sign up on their website

Beam

Beam offers on-demand and live exercise classes for people with a chronic health condition. The app embeds a real social element into the workouts; experience the feel-good energy of the live classes with encouragement from the instructors.

Users can also connect with class-mates before and after the session.

What does the team at Get Active like about this product?

The live classes are run by specialist physiotherapists and instructors who share the users medical health condition.  

Advice on keeping active for specific medical condition can sometimes be challenging to source, so it’s reassuring to know that Beam go above and beyond to provide support for each of their users.

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Beam are offering 2 months free access to help people get the exercise they need during this COVID-19 outbreak.

Sign up via their website


Image showing Beam product

Image taken from the Beam website.

Image showing PAI Health product

Image taken from the PAI Health website.

PAI Health

The PAI Health app is a smarter way to track physical activity and keep the heart healthy. 

PAI is a science-backed health score that helps improve cardiorespiratory fitness, providing users with personalised weekly goals and how to maximise fitness routine, guiding users to a longer, healthier life. 

What does the team at Get Active like about this app?
With the help of wearable devices such as a Fitbit, the app can calculate the Fitness Age of a user based on their profile and activity.

This enables an user to understand more about their heart health and whether it is better or worse than it should be for someone of their age. 

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PAI Health is a free mobile app for iPhone and Android, compatible with Apple Watch and Fitbit.

Download for iPhone
Download for Android

isoshealth

isoshealth connects an user to Dietitians, Physiotherapists and Psychologists for an online consultation through a quick and easy process.

The app matches an user based on their health condition with several specialists with at least 10 years of experience in the field, in turn allowing each user to pick the practitioner best suited for their needs or goals. 

What does the team at Get Active like about this app?

Providing a tailored approach to the needs of each user, isoshealth simplifies access to health practitioners.

Therefore the app helps to break down barriers of time and geography, making the services more accessible for all!

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One free session – 30 minutes with a practitioner of choice.

Discount code: freetoyou

Sign up via their website.


Image showing isoshealth product

Image taken from the isoshealth website.

What does research show?

Regular physical activity or exercise can reduce risk of some health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Subsequently regardless of age or ability, regular physical activity can improve your quality of life.

Research by Sport England already indicates that being less active is more common for those with a disability or long term health condition.

To make the situation worse, and with the covid-19 outbreak, this has the potential to disproportionately impact on many people that are the most vulnerable in society, including the elderly and those with a health condition.

With this in mind, SportTech, FitTech and HealthTech products as those listed above, listed on the Active At Home database and supported through Sport Tech Hub have an important role in positively impacting participation levels and the health of the population across London and beyond.

Further resources

The Sport Tech Hub have been working with health, sport and fitness industry leaders to collate a range of technological solutions to help people keep active during the coronavirus pandemic.  

To check out all the products listed on the Active At Home database, please visit https://bit.ly/Active-At-Home.  

If you would like to add a product to the database, visit here.


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Alex Zurita

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