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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.

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                                          Last Updated on August 6, 2018

                                          20 Google Search Tips to Use Google More Efficiently

                                          20 Google Search Tips to Use Google More Efficiently

                                          Millions of people use Google search every day for a variety of reasons. Students use it for school, business people use it for research, and millions more use it for entertainment. But most people may not be using Google search to its full potential.

                                          Want to use Google search more efficiently and get the search results you want quickly? Here are 20 Google search tips and tricks to maximize your search efficiency:

                                          1. Use the tabs

                                          The first tip is to use the tabs in Google search. On the top of every search are a number of tabs. Usually you’ll see Web, Image, News, and More. Using these tabs, you can help define what kind of search you need to do. If you need images, use the Image tab. If you are looking for a recent news article, use the News tab. It’s rudimentary and most people use the tabs already. If you are not, then it’s highly recommended to get associated with them. They can cut search times dramatically if utilized properly.

                                          2. Use quotes

                                          When searching for something specific, try using quotes to minimize the guesswork for Google search. When you put your search parameters in quotes, it tells the search engine to search for the whole phrase. For instance, if you search for Puppy Dog Sweaters, the engine will search for content that contains those three words in any order. However, if you search “Puppy Dog Sweaters”, it will search for that phrase exactly as you typed it. This can help locate specific information that may be buried under other content if not sorted out correctly.

                                          3. Use a hyphen to exclude words

                                          Sometimes you may find yourself searching for a word with an ambiguous meaning. An example is Mustang. When you Google search for Mustang, you may get results for both the car made by Ford or the horse. If you want to cut one out, use the hyphen to tell the engine to ignore content with one of the other. See the example below.

                                          • Mustang -cars

                                          This tells the search engine to search for mustangs but to remove any results that have the word “car” in it. It can be wildly helpful when finding information about something without getting information about something else.

                                          4. Use a colon to search specific sites

                                          There may be an instance where you need to Google search for articles or content on a certain website. The syntax is very simple and we’ll show you below.

                                          • Sidney Crosby site:nhl.com

                                          This will search for all content about famous hockey player Sidney Crosby, but only on NHL.com. All other search results will be removed. If you need to find specific content on a particular site, this is the shortcut you can use.

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                                          5. Find a page that links to another page

                                          This Google search tip is a little obscure. Instead of searching for a specific page, you’re searching for a page that links to a specific page. Think about it this way. If you want to see who cited a New York Times article on their site, you would use this trick to find all the sites that link to it. The syntax is below.

                                          • link:nytimes.com

                                          That will return all pages that link to the New York Times official website. The URL on the right side can be practically anything. Be aware, though, that the more specific it is, the fewer results you’ll get. We know not a lot of people will likely use this Google search trick, but it could be very useful for some.

                                          6. Use the asterisk wildcard

                                          The asterisk wildcard is one of the most useful ones on the list. Here’s how it works. When you use an asterisk in a search term on Google search, it will leave a placeholder that may be automatically filled by the search engine later. This is a brilliant way to find song lyrics if you don’t know all the words. Let’s look at the syntax.

                                          • “Come * right now * me”

                                          To you or me, that may look like nonsense. However, Google search will search for that phrase knowing that the asterisks can be any word. More often than not, you’ll find they are lyrics to The Beatles song “Come Together” and that’s what the search will tell you.

                                          7. Find sites that are similar to other sites

                                          This is a unique one that could be used by practically everyone if they knew it existed. Let’s say you have a favorite website. It can be anything. However, that website is getting a little bit boring and you want to find other websites like it. You would use this trick. Below is the syntax.

                                          • related:amazon.com

                                          If you search that above, you won’t find a link to Amazon. Instead, you’ll find links to online stores like Amazon. Sites like Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, and others that sell physical items online. It’s a powerful Google search tool that can help you find new sites to browse.

                                          8. Use Google search to do math

                                          As a college student, I can attest that I use this one rather frequently. Google search can actually do math for you. This is a rather complex one to describe because it can be used in so many ways. You can ask it basic questions or some more difficult ones. It is important to note that it won’t solve all math problems, but it will solve a good number of them. Here are a couple of examples of the syntax.

                                          • 8 * 5 + 5
                                          • Planck’s Consant

                                          If you search the first one, it’ll return 45. It will also show a calculator that you can use to find answers to more questions. This is handy if you need to do some quick math but don’t want to do it in your head. If you search the second term, it will return the number value of Planck’s Constant. So it can do math, but it can also help you solve math problems by showing values for known mathematical terms.

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                                          9. Search for multiple words at once

                                          Google search is flexible. It knows you may not find what you want by searching only a single word or phrase. Thus, it lets you search for multiples. By using this trick, you can search for one word or phrase along with a second word or phrase. This can help narrow down your search to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Here is the syntax.

                                          • “Best ways to prepare for a job interview” OR “How to prepare for a job interview”

                                          By searching that, you will search both phrases. Remember the quotes tip above? It’s being used here as well. In this instance, these two exact phrases will be searched. It can be done by word too, like the example below.

                                          • chocolate OR white chocolate

                                          This will search for pages that have either chocolate or white chocolate!

                                          10. Search a range of numbers

                                          Searching for a range of numbers is another tip we don’t anticipate a lot of people using. The people that do use it, though, will probably use it quite a bit. People interested in money or statistics will find this tip particularly useful. Essentially, you use two dots and a number to let Google search know you’re looking for a specific range of numbers. Like the syntax below.

                                          • What teams have won the Stanley Cup ..2004
                                          • 41..43

                                          In the first instance, the search will toss back the team that won the Stanley Cup in 2004. The two dots with only one number will tell the search that you don’t need anything before or after 2004. This can help narrow down searches to a specific number to improve search results. In the second, Google will search for the numbers 41, 42, and 43. It is obscure, but wildly useful if you happen to need to search for numbers like this.

                                          11. Keep it simple

                                          Now we’re getting into the general tips. Google search knows how to search for a lot of things. What this means is you don’t need to be too specific. If you need a pizza place nearby, use this to search.

                                          • Pizza places nearby

                                          Google search will grab your location and deliver a variety of results about pizza places that are near you.

                                          12. Gradually add search terms

                                          There will come a time when Google search doesn’t shovel out the results you expect. In this instance, keeping it simple may not be the best option. As Google itself suggests, the best method is to start with something simple then gradually get more complicated. See the example below.

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                                          • First try: job interviews
                                          • Second try: prepare for job interviews
                                          • Third try: how to prepare for a job interview

                                          This will gradually refine the search to bring you fewer, more targeted terms. The reason you don’t go straight from the first try to the third try is because you may miss what you’re looking for by skipping the second step. Millions of websites phrase the same information in a number of different ways; using this technique lets you search as many of them as possible to find the best info.

                                          13. Use words that websites would use

                                          This is a very important one. When people use Google search to hunt the web, they generally search for things using the same language that they would use for speaking. Unfortunately, websites don’t say things the way people do; instead, they try to use language that sounds professional. Let’s look at some examples.

                                          • “I have a flat tire” could be replaced by “repair a flat tire.”
                                          • “My head hurts” could be replaced by “headache relief.”

                                          The list goes on and on. When searching, try to use terminology you would find on a professional website. This will help you get more reliable results.

                                          14. Use important words only

                                          The way Google search works is to take what you search for and match it with keywords in online content. When you search for too many words, it may limit your results. That means it may actually take you longer to find what you’re looking for. Thus, it is apropos to use only the important words when searching for something. Let’s see an example.

                                          • Don’t use: Where can I find a Chinese restaurant that delivers.
                                          • Instead try: Chinese restaurants nearby.
                                          • Or: Chinese restaurants near me.

                                          Doing this can help Google find what you need without all the clutter. So remember, keep it simple and use important words only.

                                          15. Google search has shortcuts

                                          A number of commands can be entered to give you instantaneous results. Like the math example above, Google can immediately give you the information you need that is displayed right at the top of the search results. This can save time and effort so you don’t have to click a bunch of bothersome links. Here are a few examples of some commands you can enter into Google.

                                          • Weather *zip code* – This will show you the weather in the given zip code. You can also use town and city names instead of area codes, but it may not be as accurate if there are multiple area codes in the city.
                                          • What is *celebrity name* Bacon Number – This is a fun little one that will tell you how many connections any given celebrity has to famed actor Kevin Bacon. The popular joke, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, is that no actor is more than 6 connections away from Kevin Bacon. Mark Zuckerberg has a Bacon Number of 3.
                                          • The math example posted above is another one.
                                          • What is the definition of *word* or Define: *word* – This will display the definition of a word.
                                          • Time *place* – This will display the time in whatever place you type in.
                                          • You can check any stock by typing its ticker name into Google. If you search for GOOG, it will check the stock prices for Google.

                                          These quick commands can take a web search that is usually multiple clicks and condense it into a single search. This is very helpful for information you need repeatedly.

                                          16. Spelling doesn’t necessarily matter

                                          Google search has gotten a lot smarter over the years. These days, you don’t even need to spell words correctly. As long as it’s pretty close, Google can usually figure out what it means. Here are some examples.

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                                          • If you search “Nver Gna Gve Yo Up” Google will automatically assume you mean to search for “Never Gonna Give You Up.” If by chance your misspelling was intentional, Google gives you the option to search for the misspelled term instead.

                                          This trick is great if you happen to forget how to spell something or are not altogether sure how something is spelled. It can also be helpful when searching for obscure words. This applies to capitalization and grammar as well.

                                          17. Use descriptive words

                                          Pretty much everything can be described in multiple ways. Take our namesake, the “life hack.” The terminology “hack” refers to a computer programmer breaking security on a network or system. However, when used in conjunction with the word “life”, it alters the meaning to tips and tricks people can use to improve their lives. If you have trouble finding what you’re searching for, keep in mind that people may search or define what you need in a different way than you do.

                                          • You may search “How to install drivers in Ubunut?”
                                          • When you really mean “Troubleshoot driver problems Ubuntu.”

                                          There really isn’t a good specific example for this one. If you search for something and you can’t find an answer, try asking the same question using different words and see if that helps the results.

                                          18. Find a specific file

                                          An often forgotten feature of Google search is the ability to search for a specific file or file type. This can be infinitely useful if you need a specific PDF or PowerPoint file that you previously viewed or need to use for another project. The syntax is quite simple.

                                          • *Search term here* filetype:pdf

                                          In the above example, you simply replace the search term with whatever you’re searching for. Then use the filetype command and enter the extension of any file type you can think of. This can mostly be useful for scholarly purposes, but business presentations and other assorted presentations can benefit from this kind of search as well.

                                          19. Money and unit conversions

                                          Google search can quickly and accurately convert both measurement units and currency value. There are a variety of uses for this, like checking to see the conversion rate between two currencies. If you happen to be a math student, you can use it to convert from feet to meters or from ounces to liters. Here’s how to do it.

                                          • miles to km – This will convert miles to kilometers. You can put numbers in front to convert a certain number. Like “10 miles to km” will show you how many kilometers are in 10 miles.
                                          • USD to British Pound Sterling – This will convert a US dollar to British pounds. Like the measurements above, you can add numbers to find exact conversions for a certain amount of money.

                                          It’s true that this tip is geared toward math students and international business people. However, you’d be surprised how often these tips are used by regular people.

                                          20. Track your packages

                                          Our last trick is to use Google search to find out where your packages are. You can enter any UPS, USPS, or Fedex tracking number directly into the Google search bar, and it’ll show you the tracking information about your package. This is much easier than going to the specific sites, waiting for them to load, then searching for your packages there. No examples are really needed for this one. Just type your tracking number in and see where your package is.

                                          Google Search wrap-up

                                          Google search is a very powerful search tool. Using the tips outlined above, you can find anything and everything you could ever need on the World Wide Web. Whether it’s avoiding Wikipedia for a school essay project, finding the latest stock prices, or even finding song lyrics, there is a way to make Google search work for you.

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