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 “Educate Yourself with Fooducate – Diet and Health Tracker App”

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 “Start Training With Zombies, Run! 5K”

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 “Get Fit With Nike Training Club”

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

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 “Touch Your Toes In Ten Days – Flexibility Training Yoga”

WebMD for iPad Helps You Manage Your Healthcare

Total Score:  27.5

The WebMD that you have used for years is now available on your iPad.  I think this version is a little better than the internet one because of the touch features.  Searching symptoms, conditions, drugs and treatment, first aid and even the closest local health listings are as easy as opening up the app. Continue reading “WebMD for iPad Helps You Manage Your Healthcare”

The Green Guide App Helps You Make Environmentally Friendly Decisions

Total Score:  25.5

  The Good Guide App helps you choose products that are good for you, good for the environment and good for society.  This is all about making informed choices.  With this app you can determine which factors are important to you and find out if your product choices match your commitment to a healthier, greener life. Continue reading “The Green Guide App Helps You Make Environmentally Friendly Decisions”

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

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

BMI Calculator – A Weight Management Tool

Total Score:  26

One aspect of managing weight loss is knowing your Body Mass Index.   This is a single function app that provides you clear and concise information. Continue reading “BMI Calculator – A Weight Management Tool”