Category Archives: Exercise

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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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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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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

Train with IMuscle 2 for the iPad

Total Score:  29

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.

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Easy Touch Fitness Makes Tracking Easy and Feedback Fun

Total Score:   28.5

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

Couch-to-5K — It’s Time to Get Off the Couch

Total Score:  28.5

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

Touch Your Toes In Ten Days – Flexibility Training Yoga

Total Score:  29

    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

MapMyWalk +GPS – for Walks and Runs

Total Score:  28.5

  There are a lot of good fitness-related apps out on the market and ones that track your food as well.  MapMyWalk is the first one I have come across that logs your walks, complete with maps, and offers you the opportunity to add other activities and nutritional information. Continue reading