Argus

LQ: 8.0

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Brain grade: 7.0
Fun score: 9.0

Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 6+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

Argus is a fitness tracker that helps users achieve their weight loss and general fitness goals. The app’s primary feature is its pedomator, a function that keeps users aware of how many steps they have taken each day, as well as how many required steps they have left.  Argus manages all users’ daily activities, food intake, workouts, sleep, hydration, weight and heart rate. Users can take pictures of each meal and snack they eat, which they then sort into food groups to monitor their nutrition intake. Argus thrives on its goal setting features, where users set their daily goals for steps, sleep, hydration, and much more. Even after a couple weeks of use, users should notice trends in their diet and fitness level, allowing them to make additional adjustments to health. Argus is reaches a surprising level of intuitiveness, especially for a free app. Although some of the extra features require a membership fee — like some of the specific exercise regiments and planning strategies, Argus is a top level wellness app from those seeking casual weight loss to the most intense fitness gurus. We recommend the app to users ages 6 and older, as it’s never to early to set healthy eating habits and exercise routines.


Self-Awareness

Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

An individual will not begin to make changes to their eating and exercise habits until they are ready. Argus helps to hasten the process -- making it clear to users that the time to start is now. The app caters directly to the specific needs of each user, as the first thing users must do is input their age, gender, height, weight, and body type. This gives Argus the generalities it needs to get started. Self-Awareness is the thinking skill that governs the way that users perceive themselves. Perceptive, socially intelligent users will usually have a strong sense of self-awareness. But body image is quite different from social intelligence. Body image forces users to be honest with themselves. What changes must be made? Where should the changes be made? Body image goals must realistic. Running 5 miles per day upon activating the app is simply not realistic. But 5 miles per week might be. Users should be honest with themselves, understanding their physical limitations before deciding exercise routines and diet. Users must make the app work for them -- not the other way around. Make it a point to track steps, catalog meals and calories, and document periods of "active exercise." Then and only then will Argus bring out the self-awareness thinking skill.

Planning

Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

Setting up a fitness routine takes forethought, self-confidence, and realistic goal setting. Planning a routine is the easy part. Carrying it out is much more difficult. Argus allows user to monitor most of their daily fitness tasks on the honeycomb themed homescreen. Here they can view how many glasses of water, tea, or coffee they are allotted, as well as the amount of calories they burn naturally throughout the day plus the amount of calories they burned through exercise. Users take this information to alter their behavioral patterns for the rest of the day, as they "plan" lunch, dinner, and exercise time. The app has built in calorie logs for every major sport and even household activities that require exercise. For example, one hour of housework burns about 260 calories. These charts users not only keep track of how quickly users burn calories, but help them to plan more intense physical activities for the future.

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