Social network and community may be more important than any other factor in helping people to stick to a healthy lifestyle. If you don’t believe me, check out this inspiring TEDMED talk by Dr. Mark Hyman. For example, did you know that you are more likely to be skinny if your friends are skinny than if your spouse is skinny? – this is from a relatively famous study by Nicholas Christakis at Harvard School of Public Health.
That is the kind of information – and there are more like it out there – that prompted me to join apps that help with accountability. As someone who is trained as a health coach, I was particularly impressed with Coach.me – formerly Lift.
How it works: You sign up for goals – these can be standardized goals or even programs that people have created. You check in each day that you accomplish a goal.
Main Feature: The app has some great bells and whistles, probably the best being the ability to sign up for coaches and network with others who are trying to accomplish the same goal. There is a mini forum that becomes visible for a goal when you sign-up for it. As is the case with group-based office visits for diabetes, or even prenatal care, the best advice often comes from peers going through the same thing.
The coaches are usually people who have signed up for a goal and have been very successful. They often have checked in hundreds of time to a goal. The cost is $15.00 per week. Coaches can be very expensive, but not everyone can afford to have a coach. In order to take advantage of the app, signing up for a coach is not necessary, but they do make it tempting!
- Make friends
- Set notifications to remind you to perform a goal
- Look at stats on your check-ins
- Available in both web and app format
Other similar apps: (Perhaps more reviews later!) – Fitocracy, PACT, Human, MyfitnessPal, LoseIt!, Sparkpeople.com
Disclaimer: I do not have an affiliation with Coach.me other than as a user. I am not receiving any financial or other kind of gift for my review.