It feels strange, nay even a little astonishing, in our connected by a tangled web of internet and social media virtual world to find out about something new and interesting in an old-fashioned conversational way. And it was in a conversational fashion that I found out about a health and fitness app called Do One Thing Today (dott).
I made my serendipitous discovery of the app at my Pilates class a few months ago. Trish Kernan a fellow attendee at said class mentioned that she was in the process of developing an app and as what she was working on sounded intriguing I met up with her just before Christmas to find out more about the Do One Thing Today app which she put together with a friend Felicity Lyons.
Trish has a scientific background so she had the necessary analytical skills to develop the app and Felicity who is a clinical and academic dietician with a special interest in obesity and weight control wrote the content for the app. The idea behind the app, which Trish says is akin to having a dietician in your back pocket, is to encourage and motivate people to achieve optimum health by using simple actions and strategies to improve their lifestyles.
The dott app delivers to your phone every Sunday, for the whole of 2013, seven simple things to do – one per day – for the following week. So at the end of the year you will end up with three hundred and sixty-five actions or strategies. They made a conscious decision to deliver the actions weekly, in bite size chunks, and not all at once which might have been totally overwhelming. It’s up to you to decide whether to work your way through all the actions or to take a more relaxed attitude and just do a few of them each week. They say on the dott website that ‘dott will improve your diet. dott will help you move more. dott may even change the way you think.’
As I am forever seeking the holy grail of healthy living and because it is the season when I cobble together my ‘to-do’ list for the coming year and I knew many weeks ago that trying to eat in a healthier fashion would be on that list I downloaded the app which costs $1.79 from the Apple store (here’s a link to the app). The description of the app included a list of what’s to come, the item I am most looking forward to reading is ‘Why coffee is now thought to be a good thing.’ I may not get through all the actions but as I firmly believe that many minor changes often have an impact greater than the sum of their parts I will try to do as many as I can.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Note: photo credit Trish Kernan.