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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 October 16, 2019

                                          11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                                          11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                                          Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                                          Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                                          Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                                          In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                                          1. ScheduleOnce

                                            ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                                            ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                                            ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                                            Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                                            Available on Web

                                            2. Calendly

                                              Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                                              You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                                              Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                                              3. Assistant.to

                                                For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                                                From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                                                While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                                                Available on Web

                                                4. Acuityscheduling

                                                  Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                                                  It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                                                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                                  5. Pick

                                                    Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                                                    At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                                                    Available on Web

                                                    6. X.ai

                                                      For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                                                      This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                                                      Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                                                      Available on Web

                                                      7. YouCanBook.me

                                                        is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                                        They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                                                        Available on Web

                                                        8. Doodle

                                                          Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                                          It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                                          You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                                          While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                                          Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                                          9. WhenAvailable

                                                            WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                                            Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                                            Available on Web

                                                            10. Rally

                                                              Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                                              Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                                              Available on Web

                                                              11. NeedtoMeet

                                                                Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                                                NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                                                While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                                                Available on Web

                                                                Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                                                In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                                                To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                                                Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                                                A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                                                Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                                                If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                                                Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                                                With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                                                The Bottom Line

                                                                Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                                                Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                                                Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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