In December we wrote about the new cool gadgets that help you keep track of your exercise targets. Now we bring you the best 5 Mobile Apps that help you get back in shape.
Moves Free app turns your iPhone into an activity tracking device. Moves automatically records any walking, cycling and running you do. The app is always on, so there’s no need to start and stop it. The best part is that Moves can be on all day without eating your battery.
After couple of weeks of use the app feels very effortless and in the evening you are excited to see the end score. This is definitely an app that can help anyone become more conscious about daily activity level. App is best suited for someone who wants casual tracking and is not training for marathon. The app was officially launched today and we’ll see a lot of new features going forward.
Sports Tracker is the original sports tracking app that was launched already in 2004, years before the competitors. If you are runner, cycler or take your hiking seriously this is the app for you.
You can compare times, race against yourself, and even connect a heart rate meter to make sure you know exactly how the training went.
BetterDoctor team has tracked tens of thousands of miles on the app and it just works. There are many users who use the app as a journal where they record their daily walks and take photos of interesting things instead of running.
All Trails App is your best friend when exploring the great outdoors. It works equally well when you want to find a new route through your local park.
The app provides thousands of routes to hike, bike and explore the nature without getting lost. We all have used maps and got lost, but with All Trails’ GPS guided maps you can’t get lost as long as you have cell coverage and juice in your smartphone battery.
All Trails also helps on planning your future trips as you can browse through trails on you sofa. You can even see photos, reviews and route descriptions.
Skimble turns your smartphone into a personal trainer that never yells and is always there for you when you need it. The app offers thousands of professionally tailored multimedia programs that guide you through your exercise routines.
This is a perfect app for anyone who wants to exercise alone, but needs some motivation and guidance.
Skimble is also a community where you can share your exercises and build some healthy peer pressure to help you achieve your goals. There are already 9 million Skimblers so you won’t be alone.
Pocket Yoga costs $2.99, but will save itself in just one time when you are not paying $15 for the class.
The app is very simple, but it will take years to master all the poses. Pocket Yoga offers 3 different practices which last 30, 45 or 60 minutes. You can also choose the difficulty level from easy to hard (which is really very hard).
Pocket Yoga is made for people who don’t have time to get to gym every week or for them who want to practice at home, but just can’t remember the poses without an instructor.
You still have 10 days to find the great Christmas gifts for you loved ones. Why not to make it something healthy this year. Here’s a short list of our 6 favorite ideas.
1. Home delivered fresh organic vegetables and fruits
Farm Fresh To You is a our Bay Area favorite who delivers to homes and offices. They offer a great selection local produce boxes from fruit to organic eggs. Subscription is a nice gift idea because every box is a surprise as you’ll never know what the latest box will contain. You can google to find your local alternative.
2. Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale
Withings scale is only for the bravest gift givers. This is not your standard bathroom scale, but a Wi-Fi connected one. The scale comes with suite of software that let’s you track the whole family on the web, mobile or iPad. Withings has been able to turn weight measurement into a fun and enjoyable activity.
3. Annual Pass for National Parks
Annual Pass for National Parks is a great way to offer an experience that many of us haven’t done since childhood. We would love to go to Yosemite, Yellowstone or Grand Canyon, but never seem to find the time.
4. Gym Membership
Gym membership is always a great gift and a good way to start the new year. Just keep in mind that there are more gyms than the 24 Hour Fitness. One of our favorites is the SF Planet Granite where you can climb and have a view to Golden Gate Bridge.
5. Xbox 360 with Kinect
Kinect upgraded Xbox 360 last year and now the new software update has made the Xbox even better. It’s no longer just a gaming device but the best media center for your living room. What’s healthy about this? Once you try Kinect you can’t go back to passive gaming where you only move your thumbs.
Bicycles come in different shapes and sizes. You can go from high performance road bike to hipster friendly single speed, but the choice for average Jenny would be Public Bikes. Public is a new SF based brand building classic old school bicycles that are simple to maintain and fun to ride.