4iiii Innovation has introduced a new set of glasses for athletes, called the Sportiiiis. The Sportiiiis’ strength, especially for iPhone users, will come when the glasses are paired with ANT+ devices. ANT+ is a hardware specification for wireless sensor devices, such as heart rate monitors, that can interact with devices like the Sportiiiis. The app can be used to configure the way ANT+ devices interact with the lights on the Sportiiiis; for example, certain lights can come on at certain heart rates on a heart rate monitor. Or, an ANT+-based pedometer could be used to track distance using the LED lights. Up to 8 sensors can be paired with the Sportiiiis, with the ability to switch between them with a double tap of the unit. These functions can all be programmed in from 4iiii’s upcoming app. The Sportiiis will be available soon from 4iiii’s website, and are on sale at their CES 2012 booth in the North Hall’s ANT+ Pavilion.
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OK, so it’s already five days into 2012, and if you are like some of us, it’s very likely you are already off track, or about to get there. But, of course, there are a slew of iPhone apps that can help. Whether you are looking to make a proactive change for the better or eliminate an old habit, now or any time of year, here are our favourite four apps to help.
Commit is a new app, and we love it. The simple iPhone offering is all about keeping the most important commitments: the ones we make to ourselves. There is little to this great app – upon launch users are greeted by a simple fill-in-the-blank. “I will ___ every day.” Just pick something, jogging, writing, mediation, whatever, and set a reminder time. A push notice will prompt the action, and the app will log streaks. The unobtrusive GUI makes it fun to try again too.
Released: 2011-12-22 :: Category: Productivity
Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal
If there is one resolution that is repeated annually – almost ritually for every big occasion in fact – by most everyone it is losing weight and to getting into or staying in good, healthy shape. No app makes all that possible, and does it as well, as this one by MyFitnessPal. It’s easy to use, has a vast database of calorie counts and other important nutritional information on food choices, and has 350 exercises for strength and cardio fitness goals. The app is social, feature packed, as has so much important information anyone serious about health should check it out.
Released: 2009-12-07 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness
LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach – Dare to Quit Smoking
Ok, so in 2012, are people even allowed to admit they smoke anymore? It may not be on TV and in movies much today, at least not here in North America, since there are laws in place making it costly to show people doing it, but statistics suggest the reality may be better than 20 years ago, but millions worldwide are still hooked on coffin nails. No one really needs to tell a smoker why quitting is a good idea, but cancer avoidance tops most lists. So what better branding, and in this case, a system and an app worthy of it, to help make the very difficult process easier than LIVESTRONG. MyQuit Coach helps identify triggers, set a realistic quitting schedule, has social network support and even game-like achievements to reward progress.
Released: 2010-11-08 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness
Ideal Me is ideally suited to anyone who anyone wanting to stop or start a common or wholly unique habit or goal. The app has some suggestions for a broad range of users from students to travelers, to those facing serious addictions, but encourages us to create our own aspirations as well. After a goal is set, the app allows users to create a step-by-step plan including a time frame, for, say the stages of writing a novel, or adhering to a work out regimen, and positively reinforces reaching benchmarks – their apt term for not just starting a New Year’s resolve, but getting it done too. A free “lite” version is available too.
Released: 2011-08-03 :: Category: Productivity
Want a one stop solution for transforming an iOS device into an all-in-one fitness training partner? Then why not consider Wahoo Fitness’s Wahoo Run/Gym Pack?
For $119.99, it offers everything an exercise fan could want. Using ANT+ technology, the pack combines GPS, heart rate, music playing and phone facilities all into one package. Connect an iOS device up to heart rate monitors, foot pods and other fitness sensors all through this piece of kit.
As CEO of Wahoo Fitness, Chip Hawkins, puts it: “You no longer have to purchase a designated fitness watch. You’re already carrying your iPhone or iPod Touch with you for music and safety; might as well have it track your workout too.”
The Wahoo Run/Gym Pack includes a Wahoo Soft Heart Rate Strap and Wahoo Key which links the iOS device to the most popular heart rate monitors and other ANT+ sensors. It’s all compatible with over 100 of the most popular fitness apps like RunKeeper, MapMyRun+ and more, with the kit coming bundled with Wahoo Fitness’ own app.
The Wahoo Run/Gym Pack is available now for $129.99 at Best Buy stores across the country as well as on the Wahoo website.
Garmin is renowned for their GPS navigation apps such as Garmin StreetPilot onDemand. Away from iOS devices, it’s also renowned for its numerous fitness watches. The two haven’t been combined however, until now that is. Garmin’s first fitness app has just been announced along with the ANT+ adapter for the iPhone that will allow the use of optional accessories.
The fitness app, Garmin Fit, allows users to track numerous exercise related figures such as speed, pace, distance, time and calories. It maps and automatically uploads workouts to Garmin Connect in order to track totals, set goals and even share workouts with friends and family amongst an online community of more than 70 million activities around the world. With a tap of a button, users can check everything as well as control their music from within the app. Even calls and SMS messages can be checked without interrupting the app and the all important workout.
Upon completion, information and notes can be entered and sent to the user’s account within the Garmin Connect community. A series of graphs and charts means that the user can track how they’re progressing with the past 30 days of activities available from within the Garmin Fit app.
Taking a look at the Garmin Fit screenshots, it looks like it’ll be a very easy app to use keeping everything simple yet just what anyone could want from a fitness tracking app. It’ll be interesting to see how it performs against the likes of RunKeeper.
The ANT+ adapter is priced at $49.99 and enables users to track important figures such as heart rate and cadence directly on their iPhone when paired with relevant optional accessories such as the footpod sensor that allows users to train indoors and still monitor their progress. It’s an ideal accessory for gym sessions as well as outdoor running.
Garmin Fit will be a very affordable $0.99 upon release. Check out the screenshots in the meantime.
There is a massive industry related to losing weight, but most doctors agree eating healthy foods in moderation along with exercise is the real key to weight loss success. If being healthy, not just thin, is the objective, quick dieting isn’t the answer. The permanent solution lies in making lifestyle changes that last. So we’ve compiled our favourite four apps to help track calories eaten and burned and find comprehensible nutritional information about foods for iPhone to make the journey to fitness a little easier.
Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal
This app boasts the largest database of foods – over a million – and provides a calorie count along with information on fats, protein, sugars, fiber and other nutritional facts. But the app does a lot more. It allows dieters to enter entire meals, or add favorite foods, even recipes for fast access to comprehensive and useable information. The app also includes a web companion to track your food intake online and it syncs with the app. There is a barcode scanner for packaged foods, and even push notifications if a user forgets to log a meal. On the fitness end there are more than 350 exercises included for both cardio and strength training, and the app keeps track of calories expended. Create goals, generate reports and start shedding those pounds.
Released: 2009-12-07 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness
Fooducate is all about helping those on a diet, for weight loss or any health reason, make wise choices at the supermarket. With a database of over 200,000 unique products, this app uses the iPhone camera to scan barcodes and then tells a user about what’s really in that can or box. It will reveal any veiled information from the use of chemical food colorings that may not be safe to excessive trans-fats while also highlighting that item’s health benefits. The app allows for side-by-side product comparisons and even provides healthier alternative suggestions. The free version is ad supported.
Released: 2011-09-13 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness
Released: 2010-11-03 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness
Weightbot – Track your Weight in Style
If regular apps are too lo-tech, how about a weight-tracking robot? Weightbot is weight loss – or gain – for geeks. Users just enter their goal, their current body specs, and the app calculates their BMI and shows progress on a graph. Rotate clockwise to view weight loss progress over time, or turn the iPhone the other way to view the goal and expected arrival date.
Released: 2008-10-16 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness
Dotti’s Food Score
We have apps to count calories in raw foods, packaged products, even favorite recipes, but most of us do a lot of our eating out. Getting the nutritional information from a restaurant menu can be difficult and even embarrassing. Dotti’s Food Score uses information from Dotti’s Weight Loss Zone web site to serve up the skinny on almost 600 restaurants. The app has information on the most popular food chains, gets regular updates, and is particularly well integrated with the Weight Watchers program, offering scores based on their program.
The folks behind iMapMyFITNESS seem intent on offering the full package when it comes to fitness based apps. While they’ve got a little work to conquer the behemoth RunKeeper in terms of market share, they’ve got some neat tricks up their sleeves.
One of the latest features is the ability to track the amount of calories burnt off during exercise. It’s a feature that many an exercising app promises but there’s a difference. iMapMyFITNESS tracks the exact workout data rather than sticking to a generic average total that many other similar apps use instead. It means that no corners are cut and users always know exactly what they’ve achieved.
As well as the calorie checking facility, iMapMyFITNESS is also offering live tracking functionality. This means that friends or family can always keep track of where the user is, potentially a very useful security feature for the concerned jogger or runner. Everything is protected also so that the user can define who can and can’t see such information.
While this might sound familiar to RunKeeper users, it’s the interface that makes iMapMyFITNESS stand out more so. The website also offers a fairly different experience which may well appeal to those users looking for a change of exercise tracking app.
With new updates, this is an ideal time to give iMapMyFITNESS a shot.
Released: 2008-12-09 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness
The term healthy fast food sounds like a bit of an oxymoron but it is possible to an extent. Some types of fast food isn’t as bad as other types. Knowledge is power, so the occassional treat is no bad thing if planned carefully. This is where an app like Healthy Fast Food could help a ton.
Tracking the likes of McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Subway, Taco Bell and more, the app cleanly and simply lays out the healthiest menu options available. It gives users that chance to know how they can enjoy their favorite food without consuming more calories, saturated fat, and other bad-for-them-stuff than they need to.
While obviously none of it is going to be quite as healthy as a home made salad with no dressing, Healthy Fast Food does allow users to take a calculated break from their diet, thus encouraging them to stick by their regime.
Healthy Fast Food is out now, priced at $0.99.
Anyone who wants to lose weight knows that motivation is the main thing that’s needed in order to achieve such goals. How can that motivation be gained, however? While it can all be done internally, sometimes it’s useful to have something visual to look at during regular intervals which is exactly where SlimBooth might be of great use.
It’s an app that allows users to see a full body picture of how they’d look if they were slimmer. It’s quick to implement and can give a great insight into just how they could look if they slimmed down a bit. Once the transformation has taken place, users can then choose to share the results through all the standard social networking options and show off their new potential look.
While SlimBooth makes a point of being primarily an entertainment app rather than anything scientific, it’s still a great idea that’s bound to appeal to many in need of a bit more motivation.
SlimBooth is out now, priced at $0.99.
Nick Evans is a well known Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in bodybuilding. He’s received kudos from the editor of MuscleMag, IronMan Magazine and from other specialized bodybuilding websites and magazines. He has written the book, Men’s Body Sculpting as well as several DVDs on the subject.
Now he’s bringing his expertise to the iOS app world, with the new app, Men’s Body Sculpting: Muscle Mass Generator. The app details his specific program for the development of lean muscle mass, including specific exercises and nutritional information in the form of a nutrition calculator, in which users can enter their own personal data and receive specific suggestions for what and how much to eat while training. In addition, the app uses the iOS device camera to help prospective muscle-men and women create a photographic log of their progress. Measurements can be set to either metric or Imperial measures, as well.
Men’s Body Sculpting: Muscle Mass Generator can be used by folks training for a specific sport as well as those just wishing to change their body’s muscular makeup, and is available now for $2.99 in the App Store.
Released: 2011-07-13 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness
Keeping track of weight loss and gain is frequently very important to many people. WeightMeter enables exactly that in a simple, no frills way. That doesn’t mean it’s lacking features, it’s just that it sticks to the exact options needed rather than throwing in useless gimmicks to bloat the app out.
At its most basic, users simply need to enter what their goal is, whether it be losing or gaining weight, and then start filling in the weight changes on a daily basis. Users can even set a reminder so that they don’t forget to do so.
Morning and evening weight records can be kept to ensure that even the slightest change in weight is noticed. All this information is stored in a chart form so it’s easy to see how progress is going, right down to the ability to check weekly, monthly and yearly fluctuation. Confident users can also take photos to show the difference and check via the photo gallery how they’re doing. Social networking functionality is also available to share how the weight change is going amongst friends. Everything is portrayed through a simple yet attractive interface that incorporates HD graphics for an extra sheen.
WeightMeter isn’t an obvious motivational tool. There’s no motivational pep talk nonsense or anything like that. Instead it taps into the most important thing – the user feeling good about themselves and their weight change. Just looking at that graph going in the right direction is a great confident booster and bound to encourage further efforts.
Whether it’s for someone trying to lose weight to fit back into their favorite clothes, or it’s a bodybuilder or weedy teenager trying to bulk up, WeightMeter is a great way of keeping track of things.
WeightMeter is available now for $0.99. Surely a bargain when it comes to keeping an eye on good health.
Walking is a great way of exercising but it’s also a much underrated form of exercise. It’s easy to do requiring no extra equipment and sometimes not even any extra time – get off the bus a stop early, go for a walk with your kids in the evening or at weekends – it’ll all help. Studies show that walking for between 20-40 minutes a day can extend lifespan by up to 5 years and if nothing else, it’s enjoyable and relaxing.
There are numerous apps out there to help walkers keep track of their movements and progress but Arookoo, a new walking app, aims to make walking into a fun game, too.
The app keeps players motivated by giving them motivational walking challenges and GPS based scavenger hunts. There’s even a form of scrabble game that’s a daily team challenge amongst friends. Everyone loves to be rewarded, so a series of achievements and stars also help motivate walkers into trying that bit harder.
Arookoo, the Japanese for ‘to walk’, is available in two forms. The free version is quite capable but for the price of a $2.99 in-app purchase, users can also view how many calories they’ve burned, distance walked and a few other bits and pieces too.
Arookoo is available now.
Earlier this week, I completed the Belfast Marathon Fun Run for charity – a five kilometre stretch of road with riverside scenery along the way. My time of 24 minutes is average at best, and something that needs improving for next year. That’s where Ultimate 5K and Ultimate 10K come in.
In association with Olympian Jeff Halloway, lolo have released a new 10K version of ‘Ultimate 5K’, a running application tailored to each runner’s needs. The application features programs dedicated to those looking to complete their first 10K run (or improve on existing times), as well as a music-matching service that plays fast when you run fast, slower when you run slower (think of it like Genius taken up a notch). Change pace at any time, and the music changes on-the-fly. Of course, GPS tracking is in there too, as well as customized speed and walk/run interval times based on personal ability. The worst mistake is to run too far too soon.
Released: 2011-05-04 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness
Did you know that May is National Bike Month in the USA? If the weather’s anything like it is here in the UK, it’s perfect biking weather too.
But how do you track your cycling workout? Use iMapMyRIDE of course! The app uses your iPhone’s GPS to track your average pace and speed in order to log and analyze how you’re doing. Plus there’s an interactive map feature so you can keep track of your routes as well as your friends.
It’s easy to set up and use with a couple of simple taps stopping and starting the timer, plus it automatically uploads the data to your iMapMyRIDE account. As is increasingly customary with such apps, you can also set it to automatically let people know via Twitter and Facebook how you’re doing.
The standard iMapMyRIDE is a free download that’s ad supported or you can download the $4.99 version and have the added benefit of iPod integration, geo tagging photo functionality and no more ads.
And don’t forget to cycle plenty in May! Apps like this are sure to motivate you.
Released: 2008-10-13 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness
Released: 2009-04-14 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness
It is amusing how the introduction of motion based controls on video game console have opened the floodgates that had apparently been holding back a huge number of celebrity-endorsed fitness games. One such celebrity looking to get in on the craze is Mel B, of Spice Girls fame. Sure, she has a solo singing career and Dancing With The Stars to add to her resume in recent years, but who knew she was such a fitness guru? Her debut fitness game, Get Fit with MelB is now available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii, with a recent addition to the software suite landing on iOS.
The Get Fit with MelB app is not a stand-alone fitness tool, but rather, a tool to keep track of your personal eating and exercise behaviors while away from the console version of the game. Some of the headlining features include:
- Update your Dietary Diary: remember what you eat during breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack; it’s an essential tool for keeping under control your diet!
- Full Body Tracking: keep an eye on your training results thanks to a user friendly graphics; you choose what body’s part has to be monitored, the main indicators like body mass index, %fat mass, Waist to Hip Ratio
- Thanks to your iPhone, after each training (in your gym, on the beach or at the park) you can update your observations saving the results of your efforts! Your data will be saved on your profile and if you are at home you can check through web and print it!
- Look at MelB exclusive recipe book: breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snack … an useful source of “slim” recipes always with you, to be consulted in each moment of your day
This looks like just what a person would need to help keep themselves honest, day in and day out. Unfortunately, the only way that you will see much of a benefit will be if you actually own the console game and have an online account. If nothing else you might get some interesting recopies out of the deal. Give it a download and let us know in the comments below if it is everything you hoped it would be.
Update: Brian Atz, Founder and CEO of Intelli-Diet, has informed us that the application was successfully submitted and approved by Apple, and is now available to buy. You can download the application through the links below.
Dieting applications and weight planners need something special to make them noticed. It seems that in today’s fast-paced world, the ‘newest diet’ lasts only five minutes until a newer one comes along. But most of these plans all have one thing in common: calorie counting. It’s tried and proven. Or is it?
“After spending $100s on weight loss books, I learned the same thing over and over, eat less and count calories. What I needed was a plan!” writes Brian Atz, the 26 year old Founder and CEO of Intelli-Diet. “To adopt this lifelong, healthy lifestyle, I needed to understand how many calories I burned a day, how many calories I should eat a day, what percent of my calories should come from protein … needless to say, this was way too time consuming, and I quit after 2 weeks.”
Intelli-Diet does things a bit differently. Instead of offering a standard run-of-the-mill calorie-based application for tracking your weight, the application provides three steps to a healthier lifestyle. The first is a personalized eating plan, with no calories mentioned. Next up, an automated grocery list that only has items that you actually like. Thirdly, Intelli-Diet provides weight loss tracking charts and tables for a quick visual reference as to how your diet is going. In addition, the application integrates with Twitter and Facebook so you can keep everyone in the know (if that’s your thing).
“The day I picked up my iPhone, I had an epiphany. This little device, which is always with you at all times, had the power to convert this wealth of data into a format that people can actually use to lose weight.” says Brian. He has since partnered with a Chicago-area registered dietician and developed a database “using the healthiest, most economic and accessible foods” around. The application is now live and priced at $3.99
Couch to 5K – The popular Couch To 5 K (C25K) Program was originally designed at CoolRunning.com to help new runners ease into the sport, allowing thousands of runners to participate and enjoy one of the most basic human activities without injury or pain. This is one of the more well designed C25K apps in the App Store, having been designed by Felt Tip, Inc. (experienced Mac and iPhone developers). Use this app to train yourself across 9 weeks, starting with very short activities and getting to 5K. You can use it with your own music playlists and it even integrates with Nike+. Voice prompts for starting and stopping can be made with a male or female voice, and includes a built-in music control tab for controlling your iPod functions while on the go. Share your runs with Facebook and Twitter friends, as well. It’s like having a trainer run along with you.
Released: 2009-05-26 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness
Running Log – Some of us just want to track our data and don’t really want fancy GPS mapping or a trainer to tell us what to do. For those folks, Running Log may be the ticket, an app that simply lets you record your runs and make notes about them as to effort, duration, intensity, etc. See your stats in a handy report screen, or flip your iPhone sideways to landscape mode and see a visualisation graph of your entered data. Simple and effective for runners who already have their plans and runs in place.
Released: 2009-09-09 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness
RunKeeper Pro – The granddaddy of running apps, this one tracks how far you went, how long it took, what your pace/speed was, how many calories you burned, and the path you traveled on a map. You can then upload each event to the runkeeper website, for archiving, sharing, and comparing your runs with yourself and others. Runkeeper Pro also includes interval training systems with voice prompts, iPod and playlist integration (start specific playlists when you start running), geo-tagged photo capabilities, time splits, and more. If you want it all in one package, this is the way to go.
Released: 2009-01-13 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness
Motion Traxx – Far more than some electronica playlists, Motion Traxx is an app that streams the podcast of the same name, allowing listeners to run, walk or work out to music specifically crafted around workouts and BPM (beats per minute) to help motivate, maintain, and cool down a run or workout. In addition to being able to stream the podcasts (no iPhone space taken up by downloaded podcasts), users can bookmark favorite episodes, resume where they left of playback. Bonus content includes an advanced Run / Walk interval routine coached by Jeff Galloway, a respected runner, coach, and marathon enthusiast, and a boot camp style ‘indoor’ workout coached by celebrity trainer Kim Lyons, who starred on the hit reality TV show The Biggest Loser.
Released: 2010-03-16 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness
I personally love fitness training apps, especially the ones that tell me what to do at all times. My problem when working out, and this is especially true with running, is that I always want to stop. I can use RunKeeper all day, but after I get past mile 2-3, I start losing interest fast.
lolo Burn is the first running trainer that I know of that not only tracks your progress on a treadmill, but also talks to you along the way. it tells you, in a nice, calm voice (voiced by a real person named Britani, not a scary computer voice) that you need to run for X number of minutes of X speed and X incline. The lolo voice doesn’t quite have the motivational skills that my old soccer coach possessed, but I also don’t have to be afraid of balls being thrown at my head.
For a bit of extra push, lolo Burn also includes 24 fitness tracks (you can also use your own music) that matches beats with your running pace. The built in music is the typical stuff that you would expect to hear in a Lifetime Fitness aerobics class, but if that’s your thing then you are set.
Pick up lolo Burn today for $4.99 at your local App Store, and enjoy your run!