This App Thinks Conversations Are The Key To Better Fitness And Sleep
It’s easy to start a diet and exercise plan, especially with all of the apps that exist to help you do so. The problem is sticking with the plan. Surveys show that people abandon their fitness trackers pretty quickly and regularly, but there’s a new Apple Watch app that wants to keep you interested and guide you toward developing healthy habits that will last. It’s called Lark.
The free app, which was released for the iPhone in 2014, uses the sensors in your device to track your movements and sleep. But its most important feature is its built-in personal assistant, which chats with you almost like a person would.
This automated health coach gives you advice to help you stay on track, drawing its knowledge from a database put together by a team of behavioral change experts, fitness experts, nutritionists and sleep experts. You can text or dictate to your automated coach, and it will ask you what you ate and give you feedback on your exercise, sleep and eating habits.
“Lark is like your personal weight loss coach or fitness trainer,” Lark co-founder and CEO Julia Hu told The Huffington Post in an interview. “Most of our users are folks who want to lose a few pounds, and they’ve used a pedometer and calorie counter and it hasn’t worked.”
With Lark, there’s no need to search for calorie counts or weigh your food, which can become tedious after a while. You just text or talk to Lark, and it logs your info and responds. The idea here is to keep you engaged so you don’t give up on the app. Of course, there’s no guarantee that you’ll stick with it, but the amiable Lark assistant might make you want to try.
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