Health & Fitness App
The MyFitnessPal app for iPhone and iPad has been updated to bring you more features to the app that were until now only available on the MyFitnessPal website. The newest update now gives you the ability to track your nutrition goals in detail along with a friendlier invitation system for your friends and improved trend graphs.
The big new feature is the ability to track specific nutrition goals. So if you require a special diet – Low Sodium for example – you can now adjust the nutrition goal for sodium to get to your doctor recommended level. In all there are 17 nutrition goals you can set from the amount of fat and cholesterol you consume to tracking key vitamins like Vitamin C. The ability to set these macro goals has been a part of the MyFitnessPal website but not on the mobile apps.
MyFitnessPal has also improved the invitation system that is in the MyFitnessPal app to be a bit more friendlier than in
previous updates. This update focuses on Facebook and before if you invited a friend from Facebook to join MyFitnessPal and link up with you, they would only see your MyFitnessPal username. That’s fine in my case as my user name is ClintonAlliOSNews and most of my friends & family will figure out quickly enough it is me. But if your user name GymRateMistro, nobody will have a clue who you are on Facebook.
Now when you place an invite to a Facebook friend, it comes across to them with your Facebook name so they know who the invitation has come from on their friend’s list.
If you follow me on Twitter then you know that I’m a big advocate for MyFitnessPal. The app and service allows you to easily track your diet along with your weight and other measurements to help you live a healthy(ier) lifestyle. Now if you really have been following me a while then you know that I use to weight 290lb (131kg) about 5 years ago and today (as of 4:30 this morning) I weigh 180lb (81.6kg). It’s taken a lot of work and part of that effort has been through diet tracking. That’s where the MyFitnessPal app comes into the equation.
Yesterday the company updated their iOS app to be a universal app across all devices, eliminating the HD version for
iPad. While data had already been synchronised across devices in previous releases, the new universal app should make it easier for everyone to download the free MyFitnessPal app once and it is on all their device.
In addition the MyFitnessPal app now has a new related foods suggestion in your diary. Now when you add food to your diary, the app will give you related items that you have paired with that food previously. It makes adding items you eat regularly easier and quicker. Throughout the app you will also find Quick Tips that pop up or are integrated into your timeline. These tips are designed to give you ideas on how to use the app better or more efficiently.
The MyFitnessPal app is free as is the service and this new update requires your device be running iOS 6.0 or later on your devices.
App developer Rory Buckley has announced the recent release of Rain Sleep Sounds for iOS devices. The app includes a variety of different rain sounds and focuses on different rain noise intensity (gentle, moderate & heavy). The app also includes a selection of relaxing nature sounds and ambient music, these can either be listened to individually or mixed together with the chosen rain sound, allowing the user to create their own relaxing sound experience.
Being an app that promotes relaxation & sleep, an obvious and useful addition of a sleep timer has been built in to the app. This comes with many preset times that the user can simply touch to activate. Once the timer fires, all playing audio will stop to enable the device to enter into power-save mode. To give the user freedom while the sounds are playing, the app allows multi-tasking, allowing the user to check email, browse Safari & use other apps etc.
deMute, the French indie mobile game developer, today announces that his first ambient sounds mixer – TaoMix – is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Whether you are looking for the perfect ambiance to relax, meditate, practice yoga, help you concentrate, fall asleep or simply because you like listening to the sound of nature, the TaoMix app gives you the possibility to mix sounds in order to create your own unique and personalized ambiance that can evolve as it plays so it’s never repetitive.
With its intuitive interface and minimalist design, TaoMix invites you to create your ambiance with over 40 different high quality sounds to mix. You can continue using your device while your mix plays in the background, use the timer option to fall asleep, save and replay your mix, TaoMix accompanies you whenever and wherever you need to set your mood and relax…
Here is a short YouTube video to give you an idea of the TaoMix app works on your iPhone or iPad
es, Drill Sergeant is a drill sergeant themed fitness app available for iPhone. The free and full featured mobile app comes bundled with engaging content and challenging missions. The app, developed by CodeKiwi Pty Ltd., is initially being distributed on Apple’s iTunes store.
The Yes, Drill Sergeant app is built with the primary goal of making fitness training a little more enjoyable, employing the use of audio training coaches in the form of drill sergeants. Offering both encouragement and entertainment the sergeants keep things interesting. Simply select your sergeant, mission and favourite music; the sergeants will issue ‘orders’ and track progress made. Feedback on both complete and incomplete missions provides motivation to push that requisite bit harder.
“The app is ideal for motivating people like me between sessions with a live personal trainer,” says Josh Bondy, the lead developer. “Running and park exercises are effective but boring. So we came up with the idea of Yes, Drill Sergeant. It’s a fun way to keep motivated while exercising in the park.”
Launching in time for the holiday season and is ideal for holding off weight gain and keeping those New Year’s resolutions to get in shape. The app supports training missions of various lengths, so even with limited time, it’s a matter of grabbing the phone and starting a stimulating and beneficial workout.
Primitive Response Technology, LLC (PRT) wants 2014 to be the year everyone skips New Year’s resolutions, replacing them with realistic, long-term goals using their CraveMate app, PRT’s health and mindful assistant apps for iPhone.
Designed to help anyone set realistic long-term goals, monitor progress and communicate wins and losses with the world or a few good friends, the CraveMate app remind and support users to make the lifestyle changes that, over time, turn into healthy habits.
“Many of us think we can change our lives simply with a resolution, but it’s exceptionally difficult to do. Plus, resolutions are shortsighted. Positive, lasting lifestyle change requires a focus on realistic, long-term goals that you can manage and achieve,” said Thomas DiGiacinto, PRT’s CEO.
The reason so many resolutions fail is a matter of biology. Making a resolution stick requires willpower and that involves the prefrontal cortex of the brain (the area behind your forehead). But a resolution, such as dropping 10 pounds, without addressing the behavior, overloads the brain without preparing it for the ultimate goal.
I have been quite public about my weight loss over the past 4 years. After reaching a morbidly obese 275 lbs in 2010, I’m now a work in progress at 185 lbs. Yes, I’m half the man I use to be.
Part of that loss of 90 lbs has been through diet and exercise changes that I have religiously used MyFitnessPal to track almost since the beginning. I’ve tried others out there but keep coming back to this app and service for its massive food database and simple, easy-to-use interface. That interface for MyFitnessPal HD, the version for iPad, has just been updated with an all new look and feel that is similar to the iPhone version that has been out for a few weeks. It adopts many of the menu and stylings that you have come to expect in iOS 7 enabled apps but they have done a fantastic job of taking full advantage of the larger iPad canvas with this update. Whether you are looking at your daily food diary or your nutritional charts for the week, it all looks beautiful in MyFitnessPal HD.
App developer Rory Buckley has announced the release of Sleep Sounds (Relaxing White Noise and Ambient Music) for iOS devices. The Sleep Sounds app contains a variety of nature sounds & ambient background music to help promote sleep aid and general relaxation. The sounds and music can either be played individually or mixed together, allowing the user to create their own custom relaxation experience.
The Sleep Sounds app has been developed with a clear and simple user interface, allowing the user to ease into their relaxation experience without any unnecessary actions. The nature sounds vary from ocean noise to gentle rain, with the added option of relaxing background music, such as piano or zen. Altogether the free version comes with 12 sounds, with
an in-app purchase option to upgrade to unlock an additional 12.
With the app appealing towards users looking for general calming, help with sleeping or meditation etc, Rory Buckley felt it completely necessary to build a sleep timer function into the app. This feature comes with a large selection of preset times that can be set and activated with a single touch. Once the sleep timer fires, the app will turn off all playing sounds, allowing the users device to enter standby mode (saving much needed energy consumption). The app also allows the user to multitask, enabling the user to do other tasks (email, safari, use other apps etc) while the sounds are playing.
The Sleep Sounds app is a universal app and is a free download in the App Store. There is an in-app purchase available for .99 Cents that will remove the ads that support the free version and will unlock an additional 12 sounds in the app to help you relax.
One of the best and oldest weight loss and health management applications available in the App Store has been Lose It! from FitNow. It was the first app that I used when I began my quest to lose nearly 80 pounds four years ago (and I’ve kept it off thank you very much) and one that I highly recommend. Today the Lose It! app got a significant update that brings a massive amount of improvements and changes to the app.
Here are the Release Notes that cover in detail all the changes.
We’ve overhauled the user experience to bring the best in Lose It! to iOS7. This starts with a lighter, cleaner look and feel,
but extends throughout the experience of using Lose It!. Users on iOS 6.x and earlier will continue to have the traditional Lose It! experience until they upgrade their devices to iOS7.
2) iPad Support
Lose It! is now a universal application with a first class experience on the iPad. Lose It! on the iPad includes every feature from Lose It! that you know and love with a full screen, dedicated iPad experience. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here and we’re thrilled!
3) iPhone 5s Step Bonus (Premium Only)
For our users with an iPhone 5s, Lose It! helps you set a daily personalized steps goal, tracks your progress towards that goal, and gives you bonus calories when you are active enough. You can see your progress towards your step bonus on the My Day screen as well in the Log view.
4) Improved Goals
We’ve improved our Goals view to make it even easier for you to know where you stand. This includes the ability to view your goal chart over different time intervals, as well as a newly improved presentation of your current status and how close you are to achieving your goal.
5) Notes (Premium Only)
Add notes to your daily log to help you keep track of information and context about the day. Want to note your mood, important event, or breakthrough for a specific day. Just write a note and we’ll keep it in your log for posterity!
6) Life Fitness Support
We’ve added the ability to connect Lose It! directly to the next generation of Life Fitness equipment (The Life Fitness discovery series of treadmills, elliptical machines, and bikes). Simply plug in your iPhone or iPad when you start your workout, and Lose It! will keep track of your calories burned, show you the day’s overall budget, and even automatically log your workout when you’re finished.
7) As always, we’ve made the Lose It! you know and love better by fixing a handful of issues and fine tuning a number of other things.
Lose It! is a free app and available now in the App Store. Registration with Lose It! is required (also free) and you can sign up for an annual Premium account which brings new features for $39.99 a year through in-app purchase.
About a year ago I purchased my first Fitbit. I had already lost some 70 pounds in weight over the course of the previous two years but I was keen on tracking my actual activity on a day-by-day basis. After hearing the success a couple of good friends had with the Fitbit Ultra – Judie and Rob – I decided to get one. I haven’t regretted it since.
Hardly a day has gone by since last September where my Fitbit Ultra was not on my person and most nights you will find it strapped to my wrist to monitor my sleep (yes, my wife thinks is super sexy). It has helped me track some amazing
- 2.755 million steps
- 9,577 flights of stairs
- 1,308.33 miles of walking/running
You can few all my stats on my Fitbit profile page.
As you can imagine though my FitBit Ultra has gone through a lot of abuse. It’s been dropped, washed, stepped on, the list goes on. Yet with the exception of the casing starting to crack, it’s still ticking right along. Now I know Fitbit doesn’t warranty the Ultra on such things, particularly washing them but it is a testament to how well they have built these little devices.
If you are looking for a step tracking and overall health tracking device and application, I can’t encourage you enough to look at Fitbit. Through it you can track all of your physical activity and can easily tie services like LoseIt or MyFitnessPal to track your diet and your activity.
The newer devices such as the Fitbit Flex is wearable all the time and uses Bluetooth to synchronise continually with the Fitbit app on your iPhone, something my Ultra can’t do unfortunately. This makes keep track of your calorie burn in real time far easier than it has been in the past.
Check out fitbit.com for more information.