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Published December 31st 2013
An App a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
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Happy New Year everybody. I hope everyone had a good 2013, but there is always room for improvement. For 2014, what do you hope to achieve? One of the most common resolutions is to lose weight or keep fit - usually because of all the indulgence over Christmas.
Many people, however end up wasting their money of gym memberships or exercise equipment that gets used once, and then never sees the light of day again.
If you want to get fit, but don't want to spend the money on something that might end up going down the plughole, then why not put technology to good use?
Most of us would probably say that using a computer was not a good way to keep fit; it involves a lot of inaction sitting at a desk after all. Or does it? Phones, tablets, and other portable devices now mean we can use computers while on the move. But that doesn't mean that it is going to help us shift the pounds.
For that you need an app. Want to monitor your exercise? There's an app for that. Want to count your calories? There's an app for that. Want to know how to burn fat? There's an app for that.
Yep, there's an app for just about everything these days. Some of them you have to pay for to download, but why bother when there are so many free apps available?
We all all know that New Year Resolutions don't always work out as planned, and although we all hope to stick to them, we can not guarantee that we will. Until you are sure, it is best to try keeping fit without spending cash, so here are some free apps to help you on the way.
An app for those who aren't that sporty, Change4Life, make it easy to progress from couch to 5k through a gradual process. Laura will be your personal coach to help you every step of the way. The app comes with a countdown timer, progress wall, tips and advice, and the option to listen to your own music playlist while you run.
No need to go to the gym when you have an app that allows you to set up your own one at home. Virtuagym for Android provides full body workouts, 3D demonstrations, a personal instructor, and keeps you motivated by awarding badges. Specialising on muscle workouts, there are over four hundred exercises to try.
You can get great abs by doing just 5-10 minutes exercise a day with the Ab Workout. Your personal trainer will target all major abdominal muscles to strengthen your core and tone your muscles. This is just a demo, but if you like it, you can download the full version
This app treats exercise like a video game. You are meant to do seven minutes high intensity exercise a day, but every time you miss a day, you lose a life. Lose all your lives, and your progress resets to zero. A real motivator to keep going.
GooglePlay's KeepFit app tells you why an apple a day keeps the doctor away. It lists a long collection of foods with all the facts about their nutrition, and how they can help treat various health problems. It will also tell you what vitamins and minerals help with what aspects of your health.
The Noom Weight Loss Coach is allows you to keep track of your progress with an interactive, personalised diary. Create your own weight loss plan, keep track of your exercise in real time, get reminders. and ear rewards. It also features a colour-coded food log book.
Instant Heart Rate is the most accurate monitoring app for your Smartphone, and does not require any external devices. It has been certified by fitness coaches, doctors, and nurses. Simply place the tip of your index finger on phone's camera and in a couple of seconds your heart rate will be shown.
Calorie Counter by FatSecret will not only tell you the calories in general foods, but also your favourite brands. You can also check how many calories your burning, record a food diary, and get recipes and meal ideas.
BMI or Body Mass Index is a way of calculating if you are the right weight based on your height to waist ratio. A healthy BMI is between 18.5 - 25. This app allows you to calculate your BMI, and regularly save the results.