Posts Tagged Health & Fitness
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Human: Move 30 minutes or more is an app that’s designed to help you stay healthy by making you move for at least 30 minutes each day. It keeps record of your walking, running, and biking and informs you on how much time you’ve moved around. So keep healthy and start doing your daily 30!
• Build up a streak for every Daily 30 of the week.
• Get notified when you reach your Daily 30.
• See all your individual activities including maps and details.
• Share your activities to your favorite social networks.
• See your weekly active minutes and weekly average.
Thanksgiving is very nearly upon us. What better way to keep the kids happy than by giving them the opportunity to smash up food, while also learning of the benefits of moderation? That’s precisely what Smash Your Food offers all year round, and with a new Thanksgiving focused pack, too!
Working in collaboration with certified nutritionist, Marta DeWulf, the app lets kids mess around with their virtual food, in order to see how much sugar, salt and oil there is in their favorite foods. Alongside that, the app teaches them why they should eat tasty treats in moderation rather than to excess.
We had a word with Marta about exactly how she came up with the idea behind the educational app.
“While teaching nutrition in the classroom, I noticed that kids had a hard time grasping the concept of how much sugar are in common foods. When I asked ‘How many cubes of sugar are in one can of cola?’ They didn’t know. Then when I told them that there are eight, that didn’t seem like a lot to them. Once I was able to show them the actual amounts and compare it [to] their allowance for a day, they started to understand what is a lot and what … it means to them.”
As she explained, by teaching them such things, “…their answers became more realisti I knew we needed to literally show kids what is in the foods they are eating. I was inspired to create games and tool that kids and families could use to help have a better understanding of their current food choices and learn alternatives of these high calories foods …[thereby] helping them live healthier lifestyle.”
Don’t worry, Thanksgiving fans, Marta did offer us some great tips on how to eat a little healthier this holiday season. Namely, to “use low fat cream” where possible, “cut the amount of sugar in half”, when baking. Also, and this is the hardest one, try to portion your plate out and don’t fall for the “eyes are bigger than your stomach” issue. Marta makes “a dish of roasted vegetables, pumpkin soup and peaches topped with a delicious chestnut puree,” for her Thanksgiving meal which sounds pretty tasty to me!
For those looking to learn more, Smash Your Food is available now for free. It’s pretty insightful, but make sure you still enjoy that tasty dinner this Thursday!
What is Six To Start?: Six To Start describes itself as next-gen storytellers. Made up of a variety of different staff from backgrounds as diverse as the theatre and neuroscience, the company works on online games, as well as apps for iOS, each with the focus on storytelling as well as providing memorable experiences. One glance at the team page on the company site ably demonstrates just how varied skillsets the team offer.
What is Six To Start most famous for?
Zombies, Run! One of the most successful Kickstarter projects in recent times, Zombies, Run! manages to make running (or walking) fun by adding a zombie twist to proceedings. Stick your headphones in as you run and an immersive audio adventure kicks in, distracting you from the aches and pains as well as telling a fantastic story, courtesy of award-winning novelist Naomi Alderman.
What’s next on the horizon?
There’s been a steady stream of new content for Zombies, Run! since it launched earlier this year but CEO Adrian Hon has promised us that a new app, Zombies, Run! 5k Training, will be out in the near future, aimed directly at beginner runners. New updates for Zombies, Run! will continue, also.
Anything else I should know about Six To Start?
Yup! We asked Adrian Hon how Zombies, Run! came about.
148apps: What was the inspiration behind creating Zombies, Run?
Adrian: It came from a couple of places – I’ve been a runner for a long time now, but it didn’t come naturally! I only really got into it with the help of gadgets like the Garmin Forerunner GPS watch, which at least helped you see how much you were improving. The problem was that they didn’t make running any more interesting or fun, and even when GPS tracking apps became commonplace, no-one seemed to be making running games for smartphones, so it was something that I’ve wanted to do for some time.
The other half of the inspiration came from our co-creator and writer Naomi Alderman, who fairly recently joined a running club. When they asked people why they’d joined, some people said ‘to get fit’, others ‘to lose weight’, but one person said, ‘to survive the zombie apocalypse’! We put two and two together, and that’s where Zombies, Run! came from!
148apps: What’s your favourite thing about iOS development?
Adrian: There’s a lot to like – the solid development environment, the consistency across devices (although the iPhone 5 does make our life a little more difficult!), the comparative smoothness of publishing on iTunes Connect, and the absolutely massive potential audience. It’s not perfect, but it’s very good.
Where can I find out more about Six To Start?
Quite a few places. The Six To Start website is a good starting place, there’s also the Twitter page. For more zombie based updates, check out the official Zombies, Run! website and its Twitter account. And, of course, we’ll keep you informed on any updates and the progress of Zombies, Run! 5k Training
Many of us live in increasingly busy times that mean we don’t always have as much free time as we’d like, especially when it comes to finding that spare hour in the day to exercise. Dog owners also need to find the time to take care of their beloved pooch and ensure they’re well cared for and well trained. Why am I reminding you of all these responsibilities? Because, fortunately, there’s an app that combines the two!
It’s called Thank Dog! and it comes from the people behind Thank Dog! Bootcamp, an exercise bootcamp that also ensures your dog is well trained.
The bootcamp routine is the brainchild of Jill and Jamie Bowers. Jill Bowers explained it better than us when we asked her how it all came about: “I’ve been a dog trainer for 11 years and during that time, I became 40 pounds overweight. I have a Doberman who loves to exercise and when I decided to finally lose the weight, I joined a bootcamp. I got so into the bootcamp style workout, got trained for a fitness dvd due to my success story of losing 40 pounds. My poor pup didn’t get the exercise she needed (she got a little hefty after a while too, ha!) because my dedication to my own fitness regime made me too tired. So, long story short, I needed to change that and created the nation’s first obedience and fitness bootcamp for dogs and owners.”
The bootcamp has been a great success with Jill taking personal training certification and working with a bootcamp instructor to ensure the class was perfect for both dog and owner alike. As Jill knows, “dogs learn faster with repetition and consistency” as well as while having fun so classes were “made up of 10 min intervals and it’s a total of 30 minutes of cardio and 30 min of strength training”. Jill’s own dog, Quinn, is now “the most exercised dog on the planet”, thanks to this, as you can see from the photo.
The next logical step after setting up the bootcamp was to create an app in the form of Thank Dog! Mobile.
Currently available for free, with additional content unlockable for $2.99, the app combines cardio training, strength training and the all important dog training. It’s all exactly how things would be if you attended the Thank Dog! urban bootcamp.
Users are taught through 20 1 hour routines to exercise at the same time as training their dog important obedience commands, while still having fun, of course. A resistance band is required alongside the app but that’s all that’s needed to get fitter. Exercises include things such as doing shoulder presses while commanding your dog to stay or jogging while ensuring your lovably mutt is staying near your heel.
It all sounds like a fantastic idea to me and Dog Whisperer himself Cesar Milan has also backed the program. Why not give it a go for yourself? Let us know how you – and your doggie – get on!