Using Apps for Activity, cont'd- October, 2013
In September our wellness focus is on sleep habits. While turning off your cell phones and electronic devices is the best idea for catching your zzzzz’s, there are a few apps that might help you get there. For many, listening to a peaceful melody such as waves crashing on the shore, a steady rainfall or other types of white noise helps to induce sleep faster. Check out the app store for lots of free apps in this category!
Fall is a great time to be outdoors. Cooler temperatures and decreasing humidity make it the perfect weather for exercise. Continuing with the theme of apps for activity, here are some others to try.
Offering a wide variety of bodyweight exercises, FitDeck requires no equipment and can be done anywhere (including outdoors). It takes the guesswork out of creating a workout and enables you to do something different every time. You simply decide how long you want to workout, how many exercises you want to do, and for what parts of your body. FitDeck will then provide you with a workout complete with illustrations and instructions for each exercise.
If you’ve ever gone for a walk or jog and wondered how far you travelled, then MapMyRun is for you! Similar to the Runkeeper app, it has the ability to track time, pace, distance (with GPS tracking) and calories burned. Use it for walking, jogging, running and a variety of other activities you can do outdoors. You can even listen to music while the app is tracking in the background. MapMyRun is designed for all ages and ability levels and maintains a log, which allows you to track your progress as you walk or jog your way to better fitness!
Using Apps for Activity - August, 2013
By Amy Poalucci
Today’s smartphones have many capabilities, but did you know they can also help you to become more fit? It’s true; there are fitness apps designed to track your activity levels, set-up specific workouts and training plans and even count calories. It’s like having a personal trainer in the palm of your hand! As an added bonus, fitness apps are very economical, especially in comparison to a monthly gym membership. While some have minimal fees, many apps are free to install.
Here are a few to get you started:
Couch to 5K (C25K)
This app provides an 8-week cardiovascular training program designed to get you moving. Each workout session is approximately 35 minutes in length, including warm-up and cool-down, and consists of both walking and jogging. With each subsequent workout the amount of time spent jogging gradually increases. It is great for anyone just starting an aerobic fitness program whether or not your ultimate goal is to run a 5K.
Also designed for aerobic fitness, Runkeeper has the ability to track more than fourteen different types of cardiovascular exercise. App users can choose from a variety of workout plans or create their own. Runkeeper will track total time, distance, pace and calories burned, serving as a great source of motivation to get moving!
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