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Six Great Fitness Apps to Improve Your Workouts

Six Great Fitness Apps to Improve Your Workouts

Today there are many new fitness apps hitting the virtual market each month. Using too many can be confusing. However, five or six apps can really make a difference in your routine. Whether it’s structure that you need or a boost in the motivation department, these are some of the top picks out there if you’re looking for that extra edge at the gym.

1. Charity Miles

If motivation is your issue with exercising, this fun and free app solves that problem. With Charity Miles, you use the app to track your mileage whenever you walk, run, or bike. You can browse a list of popular charities. Pick one before you start exercising, and the investors will donate a certain amount to your chosen charity for each of your miles. There are also group tracking features if you want to encourage your friends to exercise and earn with you.

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2. Digifit iCardio

If you have a compatible heart rate monitor or can buy one for $50 to $100, this simple free app is just as good as a personal trainer for cardio workouts. It collects data about your workout which you can use to develop your own customized cardio workout plan using specific target zones for weight loss or health maintenance.

3. FitStar

This versatile app is free for the basic version. Also, you can upgrade to the premium level for $39.99 per year or $7.99 per month. FitStar helps you build customized workouts using your fitness level as a guide. This allows you to ease back into those hard workouts without injuring or overexerting yourself. Since FitStar is owned by Fitbit, most of the devices are compatible with the app. To keep you motivated, your cheerful virtual workout coach is Tony Gonzalez from the NFL.

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4. Jefit Workout

If you lift weights as part of your workout regimen or want to start, this app is a must. Tracking your reps and sets helps you improve your routine safely and slowly. This app lets you ditch paper and pen and enter your info. quickly. There are also tools for building new weight workouts, and a calendar feature lets you plan which days to lift and which ones to rest. For a one-time fee of $4.99, this app is worth it for both light and heavy lifting regimens.

5. MyFitnessPal

This free app is ideal regardless of your workout frequency. Use it to enter what you eat throughout the day for an easy calorie and nutrition tally. When you exercise, use it to track your activity and measure how many calories were burned. The comparison along with your daily recommendations gives you a clear picture of what you need to change or avoid. This app has one of the largest food and drink databases. In addition to Android and iOS, it is available on Windows and Blackberry.

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6. Pact

This free app was also known as Gympact in the past. Since motivation is a key element to fitness success that many people lack, this app teaches you how to get it back with a unique twist. When using Pact, you make a wager on whether you will go to the gym and complete your chosen workout goals, and the wager is put into a communal pot with the bets of other app users. If you do complete your goals, you lose nothing. If you exceed your goals, you earn cash. Staying home and skipping will cost you money. How’s that for a motivator?

All of the apps in this list are available on iOS and Android devices. With these great options, there is no need to wait until the new year to make healthier eating and exercising resolutions.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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