DOWNLOADING exercise apps to your smartphone or tablet is the latest get-fit trend but chiropractors warn that one size doesn't fit all, and people should beware of the common traps of DIY health and fitness.
"It's terrific that there's a growing interest in using apps to increase physical activity and get motivated," Chiropractors' Association of Australia Qld spokesman and Sunshine Coast chiropractor Alistair Lavery said.
"There are thousands of apps available, many of them free, with all sorts of workouts, exercises for abdominals and other muscle groups, and training regimes.
"But apps can't thoroughly assess your starting fitness level. They may not take into consideration any previous or current injuries you have, and they offer no personal interaction, so they can't supervise you to check that you are doing an exercise with the correct technique to avoid injury."
When starting a new exercise or fitness regime, Dr Lavery advises:
- Seek professional assessment and advice before starting
- Start gradually and monitor yourself. Don't overestimate your fitness level, flexibility or capability
- If considering using a mobile exercise app, consider whether it's been created by a qualified instructor, whether it asks for information about your current health and fitness level, whether exercises have clear instructions and are labelled beginner, intermediate and advanced
- Enjoy yourself. The journey should be fun.
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