Share of people worldwide who used technology to track their fitness 2016, by age

Among all age groups worldwide, those aged 30 to 39 years had the highest percentage of fitness mobile app users. It was estimated that in 2016, around 41 percent of those aged 30 to 39 years used fitness tracking apps to track their health. The popularity of fitness tracking apps has increased significantly within recent years.

App usage

Fitness apps are used to track many aspects of health and wellbeing. Not only are they used for health data such as fitness and nutrition, they can also be used for mental health and chronic illness tracking. Health app users access their apps in a variety of ways. The most common way that health app users accessed their apps was through their mobile phone. When app publishers were asked who they target their apps for, people with chronic illness were most commonly chosen as a target demographic for health apps.

Health app market

Fitness tracking app downloads have dramatically increased in recent years. App diversity and availability have also increased since the popularity of health apps has risen. Since 2015, the number of apps available for download from the Apple store has almost doubled. The top health and fitness app downloaded through the Google Play store in March 2019 was Calorie Counter by MyFitnessPal. The second most downloaded health app at that time was Headspace: Meditation & Sleep.

Percentage of the global population that used a mobile app or fitness tracking device to track their health as of 2016, by age

Percentage of respondents
All ages33%
15 to 19 years26%
20 to 29 years39%
30 to 39 years41%
40 to 49 years28%
50 to 59 years25%
60 years and older21%
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Sources

Release date

July 2017

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

Summer 2016

Number of respondents

over 1,000

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

People that used "an online or mobile app, fitness band, fitness clip or smartwatch"

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