A Guide to developing a Fitness App- Features, Process, & Cost

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We need to stay fit today, more than ever, and since you can’t go to the gym, and can’t resume your workout regimes, because of the COVID 19, fitness app on your phones can help you stay in shape and help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

There were 320,000 health and fitness apps in the app stores in 2018 alone. While there has been a constant increase in the quantity of health and fitness apps, there is also an extensive change in user interaction provided by the apps.

Users love the customization rather than the “one size fits all” approach. 

The concept of bespoke exercise routines, measurement of biological markers, and convenience with which one can keep the track of this information on a device are simply amazing. It’s keeping yourself healthy on the go every day of our life. 

Source- Statista

Despite the competition, there is only one way projected growth of profits, which makes it a very successful app market to invest in.

Have a look below at another very interesting statistics regarding the fitness app market.

Source- Statista

The graph presents the best health and fitness mobile apps in the Google Play Store worldwide in March 2020, arranged by total revenue. For the particular month of March 2020, Calorie Counter – MyFitnessPal was listed second in the category with total revenues amounting to nearly 1.2 million U.S. dollars.

Planning to build a health and Fitness App, then here are top features that you should definitely include in your app.

Creating a Profile

Accounts or profiles are important because it allows the user to feed in information and save a backup of their data in case they change their device.

Linking Account

Another feature that eases up the sign-up process is the feasibility of linking app accounts with social media accounts or through Gmail.

You can post your progress or results daily on FaceBook and Instagram, this acts as a motivator. Another benefit is that by seeing a user’s progress, many new users may sign-up as well.

Adding Personal Info

Users should be able to add personal information such as Age, Gender, Height, and Weight makes up for a great customized experience.

The adding of personal information also helps the app to calculate and keep a track of your workout and diet plans and water intake. Your app should also allow the user to add profile photos and also the option of measurements with appropriate measuring units.

Configuring Notifications

There can be a lot of reasons for a person to not workout, it can be due to laziness, weather, or due to other health reasons.

Notifications are a subtle way of reminding or pushing the user to not skip the workout or diet plans.

Provide options to adjust them so they are not annoying.

Targets Setting

All fitness apps have to let users set targets. Crossfit apps require targets for workouts, while activity tracking apps need to have targets for the number of steps or hours of sleep. Similarly, when it comes to diet apps, targets might be calorie intake and limits or pounds lost. The crux is the app’s ability to set a target so the person stays motivated. Users have to see precisely what they’re aiming for.

Other useful features include the synchronization of wearable devices, i.e, Fitbit, Garmin, Misfit, etc, live video tutorials for the workout process, also including payment gateway and finally eCommerce option to buy fitness related products.

Before moving on to your fitness app development let’s see the common types of fitness app available in the market today.

Choosing a type helps you one direction for your app and helps you achieve success. The fitness apps usually provide their users with features like result tracking, notification system, social media sharing, and educating on a particular topic like dieting patterns, exercises, etc. Why spend a fortune on hiring a personal trainer when you can have one in your pocket all the time- This can be the powerful impact of an amazing full features Fitness app.

Below mentioned are performance features that further differentiate fitness apps into 3 types of mobile healthcare apps:
  • Activity tracking apps- physical exercise, steps you walked, etc.
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  • Diet and nutrition apps- to check the consumption of calories and more
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  • Workout and exercise apps- exercise regimens, mapping a route for a daily run, and more.
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The app shows the activity in forms of tables and charts so it is easier to compare the results and help the user improve their progress each day.

Now that you know about the top features and types of fitness apps, let us guide you into the process of developing your own fitness app.

#1 Monetization model

Choose the monetization model among paid apps, in-app purchases, freemium, ads, or sponsored content.

#2 The basic fitness app features

Include basic and useful features like creating User profiles, Notifications, Social sharing, Geolocation. 

#3. Hire a development team

To make your fitness app, you need to hire the best mobile development team to turn your business idea into a working solution. They can guide at each step of app designing and development and most importantly the app maintenance.

#4 Multiple Platform Development

App development companies can help you build platform-agnostic mobile apps using React Native or other frameworks. This will help you reach a wider set of the audience using Android and iOS devices.

Fitness App Development Cost

First things first, deciding the budget and sticking to it strictly helps you stay focused and avoids getting off track and spending more than the planned budget. According to the best and most popular features and interactive design, a developer can guide you on how much money you will be spending.

Here is an analysis of money that goes into developing a fitness app based on the following elements-

  • UI/UX Design
  • iOS and Android native app development
  • Web development
  • Backend development
  • MVP trial
  • Quality assurance ( bug fixing)

According to our experience in app development and accounting of the above components, the average cost of fitness app development needs a budget of $20,000-$30,000 approximately for both iOS and Android platforms.

If you are looking to develop a full-featured fitness app, we at Orafox can help you build the same. All you have to do is contact us.

You can also reach out to us for any queries related to the app development process.