*Is* there an app for that???

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*Is* there an app for that???

Postby genghis007 » Sat Dec 31, 2011 5:25 am UTC

Its a new year in less than 24 hours and I'm one of the many people who will decide to try and improve their health/fitness for the new year. Odds on I'll probably spend my first morning of this new philosophy with a hangover, but I'll worry about that when I get to it. I have a question for you.

I got an iPod touch for Christmas, and I was looking around the app store at all the health and fitness apps available. Do any of them work? Are any of them actually useful? Which ones would you recommend? I don't mind paying for something if its worth it and has a reccomendation. For example, I've been introduced to the 100 push up challenge website, and was looking for an app that would update as I'm progressing; something I've not been able to find I've found. (edit - oops my bad)

So basically, I need help. Here's looking at you xkcd forumites.
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Re: *Is* there an app for that???

Postby Proginoskes » Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:35 pm UTC

Supposedly, all you need to stay with an exercise program is sticking with it. If so, then recording yourself shouting "Go exercise, Fatso!" and putting it on continuous loop might do the trick ... and it's free ...

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Re: *Is* there an app for that???

Postby JudeMorrigan » Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:47 pm UTC

Aidas' miCoach is quite nice, and at least worth a look, imo.

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Re: *Is* there an app for that???

Postby Bradshaw » Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:02 pm UTC

You could always go old-school with an actual book that helps you track your progress. I hear "Health Quest" (http://www.health-quest-body.com) works well! :wink: It's even available as en e-book, with free tracking page downloads at the website.

Whatever you decide to use to help with your motivation, you are correct in solving that problem first. Without motivation, no fitness program will work.

A good friend of mine has a great saying, "Any problem may be overcome with determination and patience." In other words, even small incremental change has a large effect given enough time.

Good luck!

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Re: *Is* there an app for that???

Postby drash » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:27 pm UTC

I rather like having MyFitnessPal on my phone- searchable database of >1M foods, with a built-in barcode scanner, and a decent list of the various exercises you're likely to do. I tend to ignore the calorie counts (except for order-of-magnitude type calculations), but it's great to have a food diary in general and take a few minutes around every meal to think about what you're eating.

And for some people, Fitocracy is the god of fitness addiction enabling. It even has an xkcd social group!

But honestly, it's all about the motivation. No program will have a 'make me healthy' button. Want it, find friends that want it, do it, brag about it. That's the real key.

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Re: *Is* there an app for that???

Postby eaglewings51 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:39 pm UTC

drash wrote:And for some people, Fitocracy is the god of fitness addiction enabling. It even has an xkcd social group!

I'm checking out some of these and I can't seem to find Fitocracy in the iTunes store. Does it go by a different name?

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Re: *Is* there an app for that???

Postby gaurwraith » Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:12 am UTC

fitocracy is a website, google it...
it has some mobile version, but is still a webpage I think, not an app.
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Re: *Is* there an app for that???

Postby Evengeduld » Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:35 am UTC

gaurwraith wrote:fitocracy is a website, google it...
it has some mobile version, but is still a webpage I think, not an app.

Fitocracy Blog wrote:seraphimpunk asked: are you developing an app so we can log our progress on the go from a mobile phone?
iPhone app coming in a few weeks!

This was posted yesterday so there is an app coming. Their mobile website is also pretty easy to use but then you would actually need internet access for your Ipod Touch
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Re: *Is* there an app for that???

Postby Dark567 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:59 pm UTC

I don't know if its on iOS, but androids Cardiotrainer is great. It has graphs, records weight, average running speed, etc.
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