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20 Apps To Make You Healthier

20 Apps To Make You Healthier

As the new year approaches, chances are, you’ve made a promise to yourself to get into shape or at least be more health conscious in 2015. Luckily, you can do so by taking advantage of your cell phone, computer, and other devices to get apps that are going to help you make good on your resolution this time. So we’ve compiled 20 of the best options out there for you to get up and moving.

Intervals and Circuit Training

1. Power20

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    This is a 20-minute, full-body workout that can be customized to meet your needs and fitness abilities, while still being challenging. You will receive tips with each challenge through videos and infographics. Power20 costs $2.99, and is available for iOS.

    2. Tabata Trainer

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      This is based on the 4-minute Tabata training method, and features pretty intense workouts. Use pre-loaded workouts, or customize your own. Enjoy voice feedback on all of the exercises so you know you are doing them right. This app costs $1.99, and is available for iOS.

      3. Seconds Pro

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        This is an interval timer that can be customized to create simple circuit workouts. This app has iPod integration, so you can assign your favorite playlists or songs to individual timer intervals. It costs $4.99, and is available for iOS.

        4. SworkIt Pro

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          This bodyweight-based app for circuit training will help you isolate certain body parts to work on, and customize your workouts. There are 12 pre-loaded workouts for anyone to use, no matter what your fitness level. This app costs $.99, and is available for iOS and Android.

          Fitness, Strength and Health Protection

          5. Gain Fitness

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            This is a personal trainer app that has over 1,300 exercises, HD motion images, and voice commands. You tell the app your fitness goals, and it provides you with the routines that will help you meet those goals that use the equipment you already have. Gain Firness is free, and available for iOS.

            6. Fitness Fast

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              You can choose from pre-loaded or customized workouts that target key muscle groups. You can take photos of yourself, log them, and then watch your progress. You will have detailed charts that graph reps, sets, weight loss, calories burned, and more. FitnessFast costs $.99, and is available for iOS.

              7. Cody

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                This free for iOS app lets you join a fitness community where you can learn new workouts and share some with others, while gaining some tips for yourself in return. You will meet new friends, and follow old ones with their own workout progress.

                8. Calculator

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                  You may be wondering why we are including an insurance app here. If you don’t have proper insurance, and you are injured in an accident, you may not be able to afford the health care you need. Visit this beautiful web-based app to calculate insurance rates and get the best policies.

                  9. FitStar

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                    Work out with NFL star and personal trainer Tony Gonzalez. You can customize your workouts for your own fitness goals, and you will always be challenged with new moves. This app is free for iOS.

                    Running and Cardio

                    10. Spring/Spring Moves

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                      Why not put a little bit of fun into your running? This app takes tracks from your playlists, and lets you add some rhythm to your running. It provides GPS and distance, time, and calorie tracking. Plus, your playlist is customized to your running rhythm. It is free for iOS.

                      11. PUMATRAC

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                        This app tracks your distance, pace, and how many calories you burn. It also analyzes your behaviors, and shows you how to get the most from your workouts. You can even use a feature that lets you know which days you tend to run your best. PUMATRAC is free for iOS.

                        12. Boston Marathon World Run

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                          You don’t have to be in Boston to take part in the annual marathon when you have this app. All you have to do is pledge to run, walk, or wheel any distance, and at any time. You can interact with Boston Marathon athletes, and even receive a finisher’s certificate and Facebook medal. The Boston Marathon World Run app is free, and is available for both iOS and Android.

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                          Cycling

                          13. Strava

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                            Turn training into a fun game, using this cycling tracking app. You can interact with other cyclists as you challenge them to rides. Check on the progress of your friends, and offer support to help them reach their goals. When you set personal records, you earn King or Queen of the Mountain honors. This app is free, and available for iOS and Android.

                            14. RoadID

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                              When you use this app, others can find you if you are out cycling, running or walking..All they need is a browser and your username, and they can monitor not only your cycling progress, but also your safety. This app is great to have for personal safety, and you can add as many as three emergency contacts. RoadID is free, and available for iOS.

                              15. Cyclometer GPS

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                                Cyclometer GPS has – big surprise – GPS that maps your routes, and it also has a tracker that manages your laps and intervals. By using this app, you can keep your hands on the handlebars, and still know when you are supposed to start and stop cycling through your earphone remote. This app costs $4.99, and is available for iOS.

                                Weight Management

                                16. MyFitnessPal

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                                  This is calorie-tracking app that has a huge database with more than three million types of food. There is even a cardio and strength tracker with 350 exercises you can do. Enter recipes and find out the nutritional content, while using MyFitnessPal to track nutritional information on everything you eat. This app is free, and available for Android, iOS, Blackberry, and Windows Phone.

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                                  17. LoseIt!

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                                    If you are trying to lose weight, LoseIt! can likely help. It will track your calories, and set up a personalized weight loss plan. Enter your goals, and you will receive a customized plan that will work for your lifestyle. There is even a barcode scanning feature that lets you get nutritional information for the foods you eat. This is a free app, and it is available for iOS, Kindle, Nook, and Android.

                                    Diet and Nutrition

                                    18. HealthyOut

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                                      If you like to eat out, but are worried about fat and calories, this app can help. It will let you know which restaurant foods are the healthiest. You can find low-calorie, low-carb, low-fat, high-protein and even low-sodium choices for any diet. HealthyOut is free, and available for iOS and Android.

                                      19. Allergy Food Translator

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                                        If you have food allergies, but you love to travel, you are in luck. This app will translate 62 different food languages into different languages, so you can eat anywhere without having to worry. It will tell you which foods to avoid, so you don’t have any allergy attacks, which can be deadly if not treated quickly. This app costs $2.99, and is available for iOS.

                                        20. Fooducate

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                                          Use this app to scan barcodes and get the nutritional information for any food product. It will also tell you healthier alternatives, and track your calories and exercise. Fooducate is free, and available for iOS and Android.

                                          Featured photo credit: jacsonquerubin via flickr.com

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                                          Last Updated on November 3, 2020

                                          20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                          20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                          Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

                                          There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

                                          This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day.

                                          What Makes For the Best Productivity Apps?

                                          Beyond productivity tips, there are dozens of productivity apps to choose from too. With that in mind, here are some of the core aspects of ideal productivity apps that have formed this list.

                                          • Non-intrusive – you want a productivity app to weave seamlessly into your workflow and not cause disruptions. From using the app to the overall display, it shouldn’t cause any interruptions.
                                          • Good interface – Again, you want to be able to use these apps easily and have them benefit you. The easier you can navigate around these apps, the better.
                                          • Fair pricing – Many of these have free trials that allow you a good chance to test before you buy. If you do decide to pay for it, the monthly pricing plans should be reasonable for what you are getting.

                                          1. Todoist

                                            Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

                                            Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

                                            If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

                                            Download: Todoist

                                            2. 1Password

                                              You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                                              1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                                              You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                                              Download: 1Password

                                              3. Bear

                                                Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                                                It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

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                                                Download: Bear

                                                4. Hazel

                                                  Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                                                  For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                                                  Download: noodlesoft

                                                  5. Alfred

                                                    Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                                                    For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                                                    It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                                                    Download: Alfred

                                                    6. TextExpander

                                                      TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                                                      For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                                                      An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                                                      Download: TextExpander

                                                      7. Backblaze

                                                        If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                                                        Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                                                        Download: Backblaze

                                                        8. Keyboard Maestro

                                                          Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                                                          Download: Keyboard Maestro

                                                          9. Snagit

                                                            There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                                                            Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                                                            10. Bartender

                                                              Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                                              If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                                              Download: Bartender

                                                              11. Otter

                                                              Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                                              Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                                              Download: Otter

                                                              12. Flux

                                                                Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                                                Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

                                                                Download: Flux

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                                                                13. PDFpen

                                                                If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                                                PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                                                Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                                                14. OmniFocus

                                                                  OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                                                  It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                                                  A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                                                  Download: OmniFocus

                                                                  15. Franz

                                                                    It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                                                    Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                                                    Download: Franz

                                                                    16. MindNode

                                                                      If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                                                      The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                                                      Download: MindNode

                                                                      17. Focus

                                                                        The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

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                                                                        This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                                                        Download: Focus

                                                                        18. CleanMyMac

                                                                          Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                                                          Download: CleanMyMac

                                                                          19. Grammarly

                                                                            A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                                                            This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                                                            A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                                                            Download: Grammarly

                                                                            Focus To Do

                                                                              Focus to-do is one of the top productivity apps for your iPhone around. It even has a desktop client that you can connect to effortlessly. The app is built around two things: the Pomodoro technique and task management. It achieves these things with amazing balance. All that you have to do is create a task and then set the timer right within the app itself.

                                                                              There is also great flexibility with the Pomodoro technique as well. You can choose whether to take a 5 minute break, take a longer one, or even skip it. On the task management side, you can also create reoccurring tasks, reminders, and place a priority on tasks too.

                                                                              Download: Focus To Do

                                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                                              These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                                                              Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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