Category Archives: Weight Loss

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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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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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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

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

MyFitnessPal App – An Easy Way to Track Your Diet and Exercise

Total Score:  29.5

MyFitnessPal is a helpful tool for keeping track of your food and exercise.  The My Fitness Pal HD version is for the iPad. It’s easy to use, always handy on your phone, iPod or iPad and gives you the feedback you need to manage your intake versus your calorie expenditure.  There a number of apps that do this same thing, but this one stands out in the crowd.  Now that it has an iPad version, it really rises above the rest.  Continue reading

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Up By Jawbone – Back on the Market and Better Than Before!

Total Score:  28

Part of attaining and maintaining good health is the ability to monitor and understand your daily activity, sleep and diet.  Up by Jawbone, a wristband that works with this iPhone app, helps you along that path.  The feedback the app provides you helps you to understand what you need to do to have better health.  When you know how many calories you burn through activity, you can determine if you need to exercise more.  By monitoring what you eat, you can make healthy changes to your diet.  Knowing the quality of your sleep helps you to plan and improve that vitally important part of your health regimen. Update 11/18/12 – After a break in production and being out of the market – UP is back.  Well, almost back.  The current expected ship date is 12/20.  Continue reading