Thursday, May 1, 2014 | 2 a.m.
Editor’s note: There are more than 1 million apps available for download from Apple's App Store and a similar number of Android apps available on Google Play. Staff writer Brian Nordli weighs in on one of the applications he deems worthy of being the Sun’s App of the Week.
Phone App: Breeze
Where you can find it: Apple’s “App Store”
What is it: With pool season here and winter hibernation long over, fitness goals take on a more urgent purpose.
Still, not everyone has the time (or sometimes motivation) to hit the gym every day to be healthier. Enter Breeze, a fitness app that encourages you to take literal steps in between your daily activities to make you more fit.
By accessing your iPhone’s motion sensor, the app keeps track of your steps in real time each day, much like a pedometer.
Breeze then establishes step-goals that extend slightly beyond a person’s average amount of steps each day, and it sends push notifications updating the user on progress being made. The app is designed to ease people into becoming a little more healthy in their day-to-day life.
But it isn’t all work. The app adds a sprinkle of fun giving the user context into daily walking habits. It tracks movement trends, when you’re most active and it identifies what it calls your walking spirit animal. For example, a person who is most active during the daytime and moves in short bursts is assigned the regimented lion.
Although the app might not help a person shed tons of weight, it does encourage users to be a little more healthy in life, one step at a time.