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The Top 10 iPhone Apps for Losing Weight and Getting in Shape

The Top 10 iPhone Apps for Losing Weight and Getting in Shape

Losing weight and getting healthy is a huge commitment and if you don’t take the time and energy to track your progress and your goals, the chances of you falling off the “health bandwagon” are great.

Rather than fail at your weight loss goals, why not use a tool to track those goals that’s at your disposal 24/7? With the capabilities of the iPhone, use these top 10 iPhone apps to lose weight and get in shape.

1. Fitocracy (Free)

    Some people don’t like the idea of “gamifying” applications, but having some fun goals to accomplish when it comes to losing weight and getting healthy can really push you to succeed.

    Fitocracy is basically an RPG for getting in shape where you can unlock achievements and earn points by accomplishing workout plans and reaching your fitness goals. It’s built around being social interaction with groups as well as challenging others.

    2. RunKeeper (Free)

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      If you have an iPhone and you want to lose weight by running, instead of buying an expensive GPS watch, just download RunKeeper instead. RunKeeper is a great tool for tracking your runs and activity by using the GPS capabilities on your iPhone. You can also keep track of your progress on runkeeper.com, share your results with friends, integrate your iPod music with the app, geo-tag photos while on your run, and more.

      Something else that is nice is you can manually enter data, so if you are caught inside on a treadmill one day, you won’t lose your activity tracking for the day.

      3. Lose It! (Free)

        Lose It! is a great free iPhone app that allows you to track your daily calorie intake as well as the calories you burn during your workouts. You can track your weight and set up daily calorie in/out goals to challenge yourself.

        With Lose It! you can also use the camera on your iPhone to scan barcodes on foods and they will automatically be entered into your diary. Lose It! has a great food database, so if you need a good app for tracking food as well as activity, Lost It! is it.

        4. SparkPeople (Free)

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          SparkPeople is the best way to interface with the popular SparkPeople online fitness community. You can track your food intake as well as your workouts, your weight, and even your calorie differential. Another nice touch is the added exercise demos that show you how to do popular exercises that are in your scheduled SparkPeople workouts.

          5. Gain Fitness (Free)

            Gain Fitness wants to be known as your own “digital personal trainer”. The app can basically build you a custom workout on your available time and the equipment that you have at your disposal.

            After your workout is built, Gain can keep track of your progress and create you a custom “Gain Plan” calendar to keep you working out regularly. It sounds like magic, because it sort of is.

            6. Nike+ GPS ($1.99)

              The Nike+ GPS apps uses the iPhone’s GPS to track your runs, sort of like RunKeeper, but is much more focused on running. You can see your runs on a map, share them socially when you are completed, keep track of your calories burned, and get voice feedback during your run.

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              One of my favorite features is that you can share on Path :)

              7. Fitbit Activity and Calorie Tracker (Free)

                The Fitbit app requires a Fitbit to really get the most out of, but if you are serious about losing weight, a Fitbit is a great $100 investment just for the shear fact of seeing how much you are active during a day.

                With the Fitbit app you can track your food intake and see your current steps taken (as long as your Fitbit has recently been synced). You can also track your weight, water intake, and added activity (that wasn’t tracked by the Fitbit).

                8. Nexercise (Free)

                  Now, if you want to truly “gamify” your fitness experience, then Nexercise is the app to do it (it even has Game Center integration!). Nexercise allows you to gain “XP” (‘experience’ for all you non-RPGing playing nerds), earn rewards, defeat challenges, and interact with a the Nexercise community.

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                  Nexercise doesn’t track food intake, just activity, but it supports 90+ different activities. Also, you can use your Fitbit, Fuel Band, and Jawbone Up to integrate your activity.

                  9. Weightbot ($1.99)

                    Weightbot tracks your weight in a beautiful way. If you want the best app for tracking your weight on the iPhone, then this is the app. Seriously, look nowhere else.

                    Input your weight for the day, view your BMI, view your weight over a timeline, and also view your weight goals. Simple, easy, and a beautiful way to track your weight loss.

                    10. Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker (Free)

                      Calorie Counter is another reliable app for tracking your calorie intake and your weight. You can track what foods you have eaten and at what times. According to MyFitnessPal (the makers of the app) Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker has the largest food database of any iOS app out there. The app also has a barcode scanner for scanning in nutrition labels from popular foods.

                       

                       

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                      How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

                      How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

                      Typing is a lot of fun, especially if you’re the type of person who loves to write. Whenever an idea comes to your head or you just want to communicate something, the feeling of scribbling things down in a computer is awesome.

                      Do you know that being able to type faster makes you more productive? In fact, it’ll save you 21 days every year just by typing faster!

                      Many people look up to master typists and wish that to handle a keyboard like they do. The truth is that none of them started that way, and they had to learn.

                      In this piece, you’ll learn how to type faster with some useful tips and techniques:

                      1. Work on Your Workspace and Typing Area

                      A lot of people believe that fast and correct typing will start when you can master the keyboard. But the truth is, you will need to begin with getting a workspace that is clean, properly ventilated, and comfortable. Also, for optimal typing, you will need to get a table and not out your laptop or computer on your lap.

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                      If you will be working for an extended period, make sure that you’re comfortable.

                      2. Fix Your Posture

                      If you want to type well, the correct posture will be seated, straight backed, and with your feet planted a little apart, flat on the ground. You wrists should also be positioned in such a way that your fingers can cover the keyboard. Tilt your head a bit as you can look at the screen properly as well.

                      Adjust your office chair so you’ll be able to easily play with the seat and get a proper posture.

                      3. Hold Your Posture

                      It is also very important that you keep this position as you type. Ensure that your posture is good, and this way, you will be able to avoid getting aches on your wrists. These aches have a way of slowing you down and keeping you out of rhythm.

                      Keep your back and shoulders from hunching, and while relaxation should be your key goal as you work on, also be sure to stay upright.

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                      4. Familiarize Yourself with the Keyboard

                      The keyboard is your tool here, so you will need to get to know it. Fortunately for you, most keyboards that you see will make use of the same layout; the QWERTY layout. It is called that because of the letters that make the top left corner. You’ll also find that a lot of keyboards have keys around these main ones that do several tings.

                      Here’s a nice video to help you familiarize yourself with the keyboard:

                      So, work on memorizing the positions of the letter keys, as well as some of the most used punctuation marks. You will need to understand where they are without looking at the keyboard. This is the only way you can learn to type fast.

                      5. Close Your Eyes and Say the Keys out Loud as You Press Them

                      Another great way to get to know the positions of these letters is to look away from them and directly at the screen. Then, pronounce the keys as you press them and see if you’re correct. This step will go a long way in helping you to memorize the keys, and it can easily help you

                      6. Start Slowly with Touch-Typing

                      Improving your speed as you type is a matter of developing your skill over time. However, the quickest way to master typing will be touch typing. If this is your first time with touch typing, then you might spend a lot of time on this step. However, once you can type without looking at the keys, your speed will increase.

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                      Now, this typing method might feel a bit alien, but you’ll improve with time.

                      7. Stick with It and Don’t Look at Your Hands

                      The whole essence of this step is to keep you from looking at your keyboard as you type, so that your fingers are made to learn how the keys work.

                      Again, you might find that your speed reduces when you begin, but just stick to it. Touch typing will help you to reach higher speeds and master it.

                      8. Practice, Practice, Practice

                      Mastering the touch typing technique will prove to be a bit finicky, but once your posture is up and you get your fingers where they should be, you can only improve by practicing.

                      Spare some time on a daily basis to practice and master both accuracy and speed. With continuous practice, you will also notice that you make fewer errors with time.

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                      9. Check out Some Online Games

                      There are also some websites that can help you with your practicing. They score you and record your words per minute, so you can try improving your record and competing with others as well. Here’re some of the nice sites:

                      10. Dictation Practice

                      If you don’t know what you can type, another alternative to getting good practice is to listen to something and try to type as you hear the words. There is no limit to the kind of things you can type, and you can even make the practice process more fun. So, get an e-book, an online lecture, or listen to a talk show and type. You could watch a TV show as well.

                      11. Monitor Your Progress

                      Ensure that you keep track of the progress you make as you go on. But it is important that you don’t get obsessed with how many words you are able to type in a minute. Rather, ensure that you stay comfortable while you type. With time, your words per minute will increase, and you’ll be able to clock up some high numbers.

                      12. Get Some Formal Training If You Want

                      There are actually a lot of specially designed courses and programs that will boost your typing ability. If you’re willing to improve your skill, get any of these and see how well they work for you:

                      Don’t just finish reading this article and expect that you’ll type faster. You do need to work on your skills. It takes time to type fast but, practice makes perfect!

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