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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 February 15, 2019

                                          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                          Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                                          Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                                          Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                                          So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                                          Joe’s Goals

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                                            Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                            Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                            Daytum

                                              Daytum

                                              is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                              Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                              Excel or Numbers

                                                If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                                What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                                Evernote

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                                                  I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                                  Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                                  Access or Bento

                                                    If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                                    Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                                    You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                                    Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                                    All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                                    Conclusion

                                                    I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                                    What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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