East Japan Railway launches app that provides workouts for commuters

East Japan Railway has teamed up with a Japanese fitness club to launch an app that provides commuters tailored mental or physical exercise routines, depending on where they are on a train journey.

The app, which is called TRAINing, aims to turn an ordinary commute into an opportunity for health and wellness.

It works by using geo-fencing and in-carriage beacons, to guide commuters through exercises using the audio on a person’s phone. Depending on where they are, the length of the journey and the status of the carriage, in terms of crowding and design, the guided exercise will vary.

All of the exercises given to the commuter were developed alongside professional fitness instructors and use the facilities on the train, such as the poles or hand straps.

Seems like a good idea to get people moving more, but will they use it?