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.
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.
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.
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 sort through a lot of apps to find ones that I find useful and that I can recommend to others. I can’t possibly get to all of them, but there are ones I research, find interesting and still decide not to review. Here’s just a few of those and a little explanation on why I passed on them. Your favorite app could be on this list. All of these have good to great customer ratings. Let me know what I am missing. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
You could organize all of your health care information in one easy-to-use app, or you could fall back on the tried and true health care memory-testing marathon. Here’s the usual scenario. You sit down in the doctor’s office to fill out multiple forms. With all the things on your mind, including the reason you are in the doctor’s office, you need to remember the dosage of every prescription you currently take, what other doctor’s you have seen recently and the health history of your father who died 26 years ago. That’s just the first hurdle. Then you go in to see the doctor and start facing some of the same questions, plus new ones. Plus, you want to share with the doctor some questions of your own, but you can’t remember what you wanted to ask. Which scenario sounds good to you? Planning ahead and organizing all of your key data into one app or running the medical records marathon? I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for this change and My Medical and My Medical for iPad fit the bill. Continue reading →