We’ve seen a number of different exercise tracking apps before; here’s something different. Called FitPal, it’s an iPhone app that helps users get their functional capacity and personalized recommendations on optimal and safe exercise intensity for each workout.
Relying on the built-in camera, the application is capable of monitoring user’s pulse in resting position and during standup to calculate the functional capacity and optimal level of exercise intensity for a workout. This in turn helps to ensure the greatest possible health benefits while lowering and controlling risks of overtraining.
FitPal measures the user’s pulse while establishing a benchmark as the cardiovascular system is challenged by moving from a sitting to standing position. This stand-up pulse rate is then used to determine how well a person’s cardiovascular system is able to tolerate physical exercise.
There’s also a special mathematical formula included to evaluate the level of functional capacity, which further chooses an adequate level of exercise intensity in accordance with the guidelines of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Sounds pretty cool. Is it worth 2 bucks? What do you say?
FitPal ($1.99) [iTunes link]