Scientists claim that smartphone apps possibly reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic diseases, and other health issues. Their new study explained that these technologies can do this because they effectively improve the users' physical activities.

Scientists and other experts from the University of Sydney stated that smartphone applications and activity trackers increase physical activity levels in people without chronic disease.

The University of Sydney's official website said that the study, which was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, claimed that the interventions involving apps and activity trackers made the participants walk 2000 steps every day.

This is really a huge improvement in their average physical activities. The increased number of steps was said to be associated with many health benefits. These include a lowered risk of premature death.

The new smartphone app study

Researchers measured many physical activities. These include minutes per week of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, daily step counts, minutes per week of total physical activity, the measure of oxygen taken by the body during exercise, and weekly days exercised.

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The new study revealed that 91% of Australians own a smartphone and 22% own a fitness tracker. On the other hand, the remaining percentage use a mobile app or website to monitor their fitness levels.

"Our study is the first to show that activity trackers and mobile apps currently being used by consumers are indeed effective in improving physical activity, with an average increase of around 2000 steps per day," said Dr. Liliana Laranjo, and study's lead author from the Westmead Applied Research Centre (WARC) and the University's Faculty of Medicine and Health, via University of Sydney's latest report.

2020's best apps

Smartphone apps are not just used to improve your health status. These technologies also make people's lives easier. Because of the features they offer, you can use them to help you do your daily tasks, even at work. Here are the best apps this 2020, as reported by Entrepreneur.

  • ShareTheMeal
  • Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Calm
  • ZOOM Cloud Meetings
  • Grid Diary - Journal, Planner
  • Bazaart: Photo Editor & Graphic Design
  • Dolby on: Record Audio & Music
  • Sleep Theory - Sleep, Meditation & Wake Up

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