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Mobile Applications for Training Plan Using Android Devices: A Systematic Review and a Taxonomy Proposal

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Computer Science Department, Universidade da Beira Interior, 6201-001 Covilhã, Portugal
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Instituto de Telecomunicações, Universidade da Beira Interior, 6201-001 Covilhã, Portugal
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Computer Science Department, Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, 3504-510 Viseu, Portugal
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Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, University Ss Cyril and Methodius, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
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Computer Science Department, Singidunum University, Danijelova 32, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
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Information 2020, 11(7), 343; https://doi.org/10.3390/info11070343
Received: 15 June 2020 / Revised: 28 June 2020 / Accepted: 30 June 2020 / Published: 2 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ubiquitous Sensing for Smart Health Monitoring)
Fitness and physical exercise are preferred in the pursuit of healthier and active lifestyles. The number of mobile applications aiming to replace or complement a personal trainer is increasing. However, this also raises questions about the reliability, integrity, and even safety of the information provided by such applications. In this study, we review mobile applications that serve as virtual personal trainers. We present a systematic review of 36 related mobile applications, updated between 2017 and 2020, classifying them according to their characteristics. The selection criteria considers the following combination of keywords: “workout”, “personal trainer”, “physical activity”, “fitness”, “gymnasium”, and “daily plan”. Based on the analysis of the identified mobile applications, we propose a new taxonomy and present detailed guidelines on creating mobile applications for personalised workouts. Finally, we investigated how can mobile applications promote health and well-being of users and whether the identified applications are used in any scientific studies. View Full-Text
Keywords: daily plan; fitness; personal trainer; physical activity; mobile applications; systematic review daily plan; fitness; personal trainer; physical activity; mobile applications; systematic review
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Tavares, B.F.; Pires, I.M.; Marques, G.; Garcia, N.M.; Zdravevski, E.; Lameski, P.; Trajkovik, V.; Jevremovic, A. Mobile Applications for Training Plan Using Android Devices: A Systematic Review and a Taxonomy Proposal. Information 2020, 11, 343. https://doi.org/10.3390/info11070343

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Tavares BF, Pires IM, Marques G, Garcia NM, Zdravevski E, Lameski P, Trajkovik V, Jevremovic A. Mobile Applications for Training Plan Using Android Devices: A Systematic Review and a Taxonomy Proposal. Information. 2020; 11(7):343. https://doi.org/10.3390/info11070343

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Tavares, Bruno F.; Pires, Ivan M.; Marques, Gonçalo; Garcia, Nuno M.; Zdravevski, Eftim; Lameski, Petre; Trajkovik, Vladimir; Jevremovic, Aleksandar. 2020. "Mobile Applications for Training Plan Using Android Devices: A Systematic Review and a Taxonomy Proposal" Information 11, no. 7: 343. https://doi.org/10.3390/info11070343

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