Aston graduate launches bespoke fitness app


24 March 2015

A new health app, which monitors your fitness and connects users via video link up with a personal lifestyle trainer, has been launched by an Aston University graduate.

Paul Otote has developed Dongu, or ‘Do Not Give Up’ specifically for busy professionals who might struggle to motivate themselves to maintain a healthy lifestyle around a hectic workload.

The app connects each user with their own well-being expert who in-turn creates a bespoke fitness regime tailored specifically to that person. Users can message their coach via video link up at any time, to receive a motivational boost and even upload images of their meals to receive health and nutrition feedback.

Dongu also provides each user with a free fitness tracker wristwatch that tracks sleep, calories, and distance. This data is then synced to a dashboard, which allows well-being experts to respond with helpful, customised advice and workout and coaching sessions to be developed.

Technology and Enterprise Management graduate, Paul, developed the app after struggling with weight gain himself and investigating the detrimental impact that a lack of exercise can have on both individuals and on employers.

He said:“I once gained a lot of weight and after losing it all I wanted to make that procedure easier for others. My past experiences motivated me to start Dongu and my studies at Aston assisted me in not only putting my plan into action but also achieving my goal. You are 13 times more likely to miss work from illness or injury when obese* so I felt there was a market out there for helping businesses and professionals with their health while working.”

The app is currently aimed at businesses keen to develop fitness opportunities for their staff, and Paul is hoping to branch out to individuals in the near future. For further information, visit the Dongu website or email Paul.


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Notes to Editors:

*Previous research by Duke University (US) in 2007