Mind and Body Fitness
The aim of this application was to develop a research based mobile application for students, focusing on aspects of body and mind fitness, such as mindfulness, exercise and diet. Due to the limited timeframe for the app development it was decided to focus on developing the mindfulness/mind fitness aspect of the app with future prospects to fulfil the body fitness part.
Mindfulness is “The awareness that arises through intentionally attending in an open, caring and discerning way”. Mindfulness practice provides the framework through which we can sharpen and develop this state of consciousness. Mindfulness can be achieved through various mediums, from facilitator led sessions, to guided audio sessions The target audience for this app is college students. We developed a research-based smartphone application - Mind and Body Fitness application. From usability testing, it was clear that body and mind fitness is extremely popular among college students. This supported our idea of creating a mobile application, aimed at college students, incorporating mindfulness techniques, workouts, diet plans and appropriate music playlists. For convenience and accessibility, this application will be free of charge and available through the app store. This application was designed solely for touch-screens. This application is user-friendly to the target user and possibly a wider population, although the content is aimed directly for college students. This application aims to be informative, entertaining, while being aesthetically pleasing. The application is minimalistic, with a purple colour scheme throughout, keeping a sense of consistency. To maintain consistency throughout the application; an icon is visible on every page, the font type, colour and size also remains the same. There are big buttons and fonts, making it easy to navigate through the application. The big buttons and type also make the application suitable for users with poor eye sight and/or poor fine motor skills.
The developed prototype contains a fully functioning mindfulness section, with workouts, diet plan and playlist flagged as ‘under construction’. The mindfulness section has a video menu, images gallery, blog links, audio book recommendations, diary/journal option and some links to research surrounding the effectiveness of mindfulness in every day life. The video links are connected to YouTube, the blog links are connected to the World Wide Web and the audiobook recommendations are connected to Amazon, Google Play and AudioBooks.com. The research is connected to various academic journals. Therefore it would be recommended that the device has internet connection in order to get the best user experience and to fully avail of all the app has to offer.