Category Archives: Health & Fitness

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Italy Foods – Translate Italian Dishes, Meals & Cuisine

Total Score:  27.5

Italy Foods_Logo Is Italy on your bucket list?   Or do you look at Italian menus and wonder what kind of sauce is going to be on your pasta?  Watch a movie and wonder what they just ordered?  If so, Italy Foods, is a handy translation app for translating, and learning to pronounce foods in Italian.   And, of course, if you are Italian, and want to translate your favorite foods into English, then this is for you as well.  Then, add to that the functionality that makes it part diary— you can capture and share your favorite dishes.

 

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Sleep Better With the Sleep Machine App

Total Score:  28.5

Sleep Machine logoThere is so much noise in the world we all need a little help to shut it out.  Sleep Machine app provides you with ample functionality to create white noise, show a digital clock, set an alarm and generally meet all your sleep time needs.  Give it a try to see if you get a better night’s sleep.

 

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PumpUp – Training, Social Sharing, Motivation – A fitness trifecta

Total Score:  29.5

PumpUp logoPumpUp – Health & Fitness Community is the social networking equivalent of Instagram.  But that’s not all it does, you can build workouts as well!  You share your fitness photos and successes with your friends and get the opportunity to brag a little, along with being inspired by others.   I usually share the photos I created in FitSnap.

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It’s a Snap with FitSnap

Total Score:  28.5

FitSnap iconFitSnap is a great app to capture your fitness event photos.  It is motivational and sharable.  It has a lot of sports options and is really easy to use. This app captions and frames your fitness photo and makes it easy to save the image and/or share it through mail, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

 

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Generosity App – Because Cancer Hurts and Generosity Heals

Total Score:  29

An app about cancer or other life threatening illnesses isn’t sexy.  It isn’t something you want to think about – but perhaps something we should remember to keep in our lives.  Reading the Generosity app magazine for iPhone or iPad, reminds us that giving of our time and/or money can make a difference in the lives of others.  In our technology filled lives, adding an app to our iPhone or iPad can remind us to take a minute to remember that giving helps others and to be present in our lives and enjoy each moment.  The magazine was created by a Florida hospital, but contains content that can be informative or inspiring to all.

 

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ARGUS – Motion and Fitness Tracker by Azumio

Total Score:  29

Azumio has brought themselves to the forefront of fitness apps with their latest version of the Argus – Motion and Fitness Tracker.  Working with the new M7 motion sensor, it captures a significant amount of data.  Whether you have the latest iPhone or not, you’ll find a lot to like with this app.

 

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Wearable Devices – Which one is best? Shine or UP?

First, let me say that both the Misfitwearables SHINE and the Jawbone UP and their accompanying apps are very good.  Each accomplishes the assigned purpose – movement tracking. The ability to quantify how you are progressing in your exercise program can be an incentive to improve your health.

Now that I’ve said that, let’s get down to the detail of why, for me, the SHINE is the best product.

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Manage Your Medications With Mango Health

Total Score:  28.5

Do you need a way to keep track of your medications?  Do you need to take medications more than once a day and find it difficult to remember?  If so, Mango Health is your answer.  It not only provides reminders, but valuable medication information too.  Plus, you have the opportunity to earn points and win prizes.   If you want all of that in a colorful, easy to ready package – then Mango Health is your app! Continue reading

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Educate Yourself with Fooducate – Diet and Health Tracker App

Total Score: 28.5

If you want an app that allows you to track your food and help you make smart food choices, then Fooducate is the app for you.  You can set goals, enter your meals and record your exercise.  You may be asking yourself how is this one different from the other apps that record your meals?  What it does is grade the foods you are eating so that you can learn to make better choices.  Or, you may wish to eat foods that are not genetically modified, but don’t know which ones are.  This app can help there too.  Knowledge is power (according to Francis Bacon) – and this app helps you find that knowledge. Continue reading

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“I Like to Move it, Move it” With the Moves App

Total Score:  29

  Are you looking for an easy pedometer app?  One that keeps running in the background, doesn’t require a lot of settings adjustments?  If you are, Moves, is the app for you. And if an app ever deserved a theme song, Moves does.  I declare “I like to move it” by Will.i.am as their official song. Continue reading

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Start Training With Zombies, Run! 5K

Total Score:  28

There are a number of 5K training apps on the market and many of them are very well planned and can provide you with the instruction you need.  But, after trying Zombies, Run! 5K, I can tell you this is the first one that is so interesting that I can’t wait to go out and train again.  It is a combination of training and edge-of-your-seat story telling – with you as part of the story. Continue reading

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Shine™ – Track Your Fitness Activities

Total Score: 27

Shine App iconShine is an app that lets you set goals for weekly activity and track your progress. There was an indiegogo project for a wearable device that will be the companion product to this app. The device, when available. will be the size of a quarter and introduce a new way to sync with your iPhone. Until that product becomes available, the Shine app can still help you plan and provide motivation.

Update 8/3/13 – at long last my Shine has arrived.  I’ll begin testing and providing additional feedback as to ease of use.  You’ll find that content at the end of this review.

Upcoming:  Comparison of UP and Shine.

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Track Your Calories and Exercise with MyNetDiary – Pro, HD or Diabetes Tracker

Total Score:  29.5

The key to eating a balanced diet is to eat unprocessed foods, lots of vegetables and a good balance of protein and carbohydrates.  I know this.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t always eat unprocessed food and certainly not enough vegetables.  And, I haven’t the faintest idea whether I am balancing my proteins and carbohydrates.  In order to maintain a healthy diet I need help.  That isn’t so hard to say.  You probably need help as well.  There are a number of good apps available to help you with this process.  I’ve tried a number of them successfully.  After testing MyNetDiary on the iPhone and iPad, I’m ready to say this is my favorite app.   It is full featured, and best of all, incredibly easy to use.

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Enjoy Better Sleep With the Very Night App

Total Score:  29.5

Getting a good night’s sleep is an important part of maintaining a healthy body.   Sleep restores the brain.  On the other hand, lack of sleep can lead to weight gain and attention deficit.  So, what can you do?  Going to bed early helps, but sometimes it’s hard to fall asleep. The Very Night App is the solution to that problem.  It provides soothing music and light and helps you transition from your stress-filled life to a peaceful night’s sleep.  Continue reading

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Get Fit With Nike Training Club

Total Score:  26

It is important to balance cardio and strength workouts and Nike’s Training Club helps support your goals.  It is not always possible to have a personal trainer, but with this app, you have training tips at your fingertips.  The app allows you to be in charge of the time you spend, the level of expertise and which goal you want to reach.  While the app is targeted to women and all the videos are of women doing the exercises, there were comments from men who used the app saying it was valuable. Continue reading