Good start, long way to go

It can seem a little ironic, that one need not "walk" all the way, to a nutritionist or a gym-trainer, to acquire a diet plan or a prescription for exercise. Therein lies the "beauty" of all app-based services, and as FitCircle jumps on to the fitness app bandwagon, it seeks to bring a plethora of services on to our fingertips.

Frankly, I like the hassle-free, fitness-within-your-reach approach. Arranged under clean tabs and sub-tabs, the app lets you connect with a nutritionist, suggests five-minute workouts, prescribes the right equipment to suit your needs, chat with other fitness freaks and also recommends a range of food products to help you get the right diet. Available as a free download from the Google Play Store, the app is especially attractive for its five-minute workouts. Those in search for quick fixes will take solace in their short and simple nature.

However, at the end of the day, this is a chat-based health app and a majority of your solutions would be derived from your chats with the nutritionists or fellow users. The nutritionist assistant, though, could not reply before this piece was written. The group chats, too, were quite useful.

Overall, the app looks simple and has a clean interface. Given it is still early days, there is much that the developers can introduce and tweak to make it even better. Often the app depends on external links; this could be toned down. A cataloguing of gyms or fitness centres in the locality can be another plus.

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