It's been proven that keeping a journal helps you lose weight, stay focused, and accountable to your workout or nutrition program. For the most part, old school journaling with a pen and paper is out, but fitness and diet apps are definitely in for the busy, on-the-go person.
Do want to use an app, but not sure what's out there?
If you just started with your program, and not sure which which direction to turn, here is a description of 20 apps and links.
For Android. Free.
The Jefit app was created by bodybuilders to improve workouts in the gym, track body statistics easily, create custom routines, offer a detailed exercise database, and two-way synchronization with online server to store information and keep track of progress.
For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad. $19.99
It offers unique exercises with equipment including, weights, kettlebells, BOSU, foam roller, TRX and more. You can search workouts by locations like a hotel, home and gym, or by goals and keywords. Ipump & Fitness Builder has a wide selection of exercises and videos of each exercise. You can also edit and create your own workouts.
This app logs, graphs and analyzes your sleep. SleepBot is an award winning resource tool to help you manage your sleep. SleepBot is recognized by the United States National Institute of Health and the National Academy of Engineering as the first place winner of "Go Viral To Improve Health" competition.
iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad. Free.
Nike Training Club gives you your own personal trainer, anytime, anywhere. Get lean, sculpted and strong with more than 85 custom-built workouts.
5. Shake a Snack by jugglefit
For iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad. $.99
Shake your device and watch the ingredients land on one of over 300 snack recipes. Choose from sweet or savory snacks. Lock in ingredients you have on hand for easy snack ideas. The app can even filter out ingredients you don't like, or choose only vegetarian or vegan recipes. Save your favorite recipes for quick reference.
iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, BlackBerry. Free.
Find a running route for any location, then use your phone's GPS to track and map your workout. Great for shorter runs and training for marathons.
Android, iPhone. Free.
Fitocracy turns fitness into a game to help users improve their fitness while having more fun at the same time. Users earn points, levels, and achievements for their fitness activities and can also share their progress with their friends. Throughout the game, users can complete special challenges, unlock bonus features, and compete with their friends in order to get them to the next level. By invitation only.
8. Meal Snap
For iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad. $2.99.
This app analyzes a photo of your plate and estimates your calorie range.
For iPhone, iPad, Android. $.99 to to $2.99 multi-user version
Onehundredpushups is a six week program that increases stregnth with pushups in a three day split. For example, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
For Android. Free.
Track your sport in real time and challenge your friends using the built-in GPS. It also gives real time GPS tracking of time, distance, speed & calories and audio feedback for every mile or km. Keeps track of history with lap times & music playlist and lots more.
11. RunKeeper Pro
For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad. $9.99.
If you're into tracking your running, walking or cycling workouts, RunKeeper can tell you how far, how fast and how long it took to get there. Stand-out features are the ability to track speed, pace and elevation. You can also see your workouts online and share them with friends, and ;isten to music during workouts and change tracks without leaving the application.
For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad. $1.99.
This app provides a variety of yoga routines for all fitness levels and for a variety of goals such as balance, flexibility, strength and awareness. Great for at home workouts, but there is not an excessive amount of poses. However, there are instructional videos, and workouts have pictures of each pose with audio instructions.
For iPad. Free. (Actual classes are extra).
The app itself is free and gives you access to hundreds of streaming exercise videos which you can preview and purchase. Classes are usually $1.99-$3.99 for a 30-day pass or $9.99 and up to buy the class outright. These classes include everything from kettlebell workouts, kickboxing, step, yoga and more. It only works with wi-fi or 3G, but there may be downloadable workouts soon.
For iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android. Free.
Use your phone's camera to scan barcodes of foods mid--shopping, then find their grades based on ingredients and nutrients.
15. My Fitness Pal
iPhone. Android. Free.
Based on your fitness profile MyFitnessPal recommends a daily calorie target for achieve your weight loss (or gain) goals. The app calculates the number of calories you've consumed and burned from exercise, and whether you're on the right track for weight loss. It also has an easy to use food and exercise log.
iPad, iTouch, iPhone. Free.
FitDay is an online diet journal and calorie tracker. This is for any person trying to lose weight, maintain a healthy level of fitness, or training for a specific goal.
17. Tempo Magic Pro
For iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad. $4.99.
Tempomagicgpro lets you adjust a song's tempo to match your workout speed without making it sound odd.
For iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad. $1.99 to $3.99
You choose from 300 yoga poses. The how-to's are modeled by an easy-to-follow real person. The All-in-Yoga app separates poses by level and type.
For iPhone, iPod touch, iPad. $.99 workouts.
The workouts are based on what they call their P.A.S.E. system - power, agility, strength and endurance. The workouts are unusual, challenging and fun. The moves are interesting and tough and include mule kicks, plyo pushups, mountain climbers, burpees, long jumps and machine gun squats. Workouts include videos, timers and instructions. You can follow the pre-set workouts or create your own.
20. Carb lovers Diet
For iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad. Free to $4.99.
Carb Lover's Diet offers a lot of recipes for conscious carboholics, but also a weight-loss planner to track carbs and calories.
Lisa M. White
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