Want to lose weight? Log your food with Lose It. It works – all the time. There are a several top apps to log food, Lose It is one of the best. Once you have a clear idea of what you are eating, you’ll naturally adjust, limit, and then change as needed. It is colorful, easy to use, and has a few social aspects that may help you come back often. Give it a try to see what you think.
Update: Lose it has upped their game by adding Apple Watch functionality to the app. For you Watch users, you can add a complication to your watch face that gives you an indicator of how you are doing each day. You’ll see a number (the number of calories you have left in the day) and an up or down arrow. Up means you are over your mark, down means you have some room for that snack. It made this app worth another try.
PumpUp – 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.
FitSnap 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.
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.
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
Shine 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.
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.
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 →
I am a huge Nova fan and frankly anything with that name on it sounds good to me. So, I was predisposed to like the iMuscle 2 (Nova Series) app. I expected dazzling graphics – and got them. I expected great information and I got it. IMuscle 2 for iPad or iPhone is a must-have addition to any strength training program. You can target specific muscles, find out how to improve those muscles and track your progress.
I have been reluctant to add an app that was inspirational or coach inspired because I feel like I am motivated to keep going. However, once I discovered Easy Touch Fitness I changed my attitude about these positive feedback apps. It is not just about feedback, it is about setting goals, seeing how you are doing against your goals and keeping track of calories and time spent. It has an added dose of just being fun. Continue reading →
Good news, you got in shape in the first quarter of the year and now you are looking for new and different ideas to spice up your exercise routines. Consider one of the Couch-to-5K apps. You get a structured routine, your own personal coach, an opportunity to interact with our community and improve your health. That sounds like a win-win to me. There are a number of these apps. I chose the one that seemed to fit me the best and had a bright colorful display. Continue reading →
I will go ahead and admit it. I cannot touch my toes. During various parts of my life, I have been very active and fit and I have never been able to do it. Right now, I am active and it is more important than ever that I do flexibility exercises. Imagine my delight when I found Touch Your Toes in 10 Days for iPad. There is also an iPhone app. I have been doing the exercises for about six days now and I am making progress. I don’t always manage to find time to do them twice a day – so any lack of progress can be chalked up to my commitment. Having said that, I am confident the stretches will help me reach this elusive goal. Honestly, even I didn’t, I feel really good after I do these stretches and I can imagine keeping them up for the long haul. Continue reading →