Health & Fitness App
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.
SleepBot LLC today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of SleepBot for iOS. SleepBot, the critically acclaimed sleep cycle tracker and smart alarm and is finally available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch! Featured in WIRED, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Mashable, and more!
SleepBot is an intuitive smart alarm and beautiful sleep cycle tracker that lets you record movements and sounds throughout the night. Customize how you want to sleep and wake up gently each morning during your lightest sleep
phase. Listen to soothing ambient soundtracks as you fall asleep.
SleepBot is the most complete sleep tracker, smart alarm, and ambient sound machine in the App Store:
* Smart wake up: Gradual alarm based on movements and noise within 30 minutes before first alarm
* Multiple alarms capability: Only smart alarm that lets you set multiple alarms as alerts or precautions
* Movement tracking: Adjustable sensitivity, easily compare with sound graphs
* Sound tracking: Detailed sound graphs let you play back noise with a tap
* 10 custom designed alarm soundtracks designed for Smart Wake-up
* Background mode: sleep tracking continues even in the background
* Long-term Trend graphs: length, sleep/wake times, pattern for sleep quality over time
* Statistics: Analyze any time range to see sleep debt, average sleep, etc.
* Ambient Noise: Soothing soundtracks to help you gently fall asleep
* Sleep Help: Find out how to fall asleep or stay awake from quick action lists
* Automatic Sync: backup and restore sleep data, and view it online
* Export: Share sleep entries, graphs, and stats as images or csv
SleepBot is recognized by the United States National Institute of Health and the National Academy of Engineering. Simple to use and understand, SleepBot utilizes the most accurate tracking algorithm of any sleep app on the App Store (dare to compare to any application on iOS or Android).
SleepBot 1.0 for iOS is free and available worldwide exclusively through the iTunes App Store in the Health & Fitness category. SleepBot will only work on iOS 5.0+ devices.
Taking the world of diet and nutrition to a new level, Applint today is proud to announce the release of NutriAid, its revolutionary new diet app that allows users to customize their eating plans to suit their body type and tastes for maximum weight loss results. This innovative new app for iPhone is now available for download in the iTunes App Store.
NutriAid, which is touted by Applint as the first and only point-plus diet application, allows users the opportunity to not only keep track of the amount of calories they are eating each day, but also to manage their diets to ensure they’re eating foods that are nutritious and meet their individual dietary needs.
“With the development of this ground-breaking new dieting app, we’re making it easier than ever before for people to
manage their food intake and meet their own personal goals,” said Gad Levy, developer of the app at Applint. “We wanted to develop something for people with busy lives that is easy enough to be sustainable over the long-term. The NutriAid app is something that can easily and seamlessly be integrated into the user’s daily life, and bring big changes.”
The goal of the app is to design and provide diet plans that fit easily and efficiently into the user’s lifestyle, without the user having to compromise and eat foods they don’t enjoy. In addition to keeping track of the amount of calories a user consumes, the app also allows users to see the amount of foods they have eaten from particular food groups throughout the day.
The diet plans are completely customizable, and can be tailored to suit any personal weight loss or gain goal, as well as individual body type.
With the foods separated into groups, users can easily swap foods out of a particular group if it is something they don’t enjoy eating, making the process of dieting more sustainable in the long term. The food list also contains items from some of the world’s biggest restaurant chains, including Subway and Pizza Hut, so that users can keep track of their diets even when dining out.
Additional user-friendly features offered by the app include weight and food intake graphs, integrated social networking capabilities and snack alarms.
Features of the NutriAid app include:
* Personalized diet plans
* Extensive food list
* Weight graph progress tracker
* Food intake graph
* Comprehensive list of prepared food from worldwide restaurant chains
NutriAid Diet Tracker 1.4 is currently available for sale worldwide through the App Store in the Health and Fitness category for $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies)
MyFitnessPal HD for iPad has received an update today that brings the larger format version of the popular calorie tracking and weight management app on par with its smaller iPhone/iPod Touch version. MyFitnessPal is the app that both I and Tricia (as well as our respective spouses) use for weight management, diet tracking, exercise tracking and everything related to our health. It is the app that has helped me lose nearly 80 pounds over the past three years and keep it off.
The update has an extensive list of improvements and updates, most of which have been in the iPhone version but were not ported over to the HD version until now. Now you get all the latest features from the app as well as getting to use
their fantastic native iPad UI.
- Sign up and log in with Facebook
- Add and invite friends from your Facebook contacts
- Add and invite friends from your iPad Contact List
- Connect to your favorite apps and devices like FitBit, Withings, Endomondo, Runtastic and more through our App Gallery
- Type-ahead food filtering
- Repeat Last Meal
- Default to Multi-Add for diary entries
- Enable passcode lock protection if desired
MyFitnessPal is one of the best apps when it comes to linking to other services or exercise devices. In my case, my daily steps and exercise from my FitBit are automatically synchronised with MyFitnessPal to both track it as well as give me calories back as I burn them. There is a long list of apps that will synchronise with the service, all of which can be found here.
The MyFitnessPal HD app is free but does require a MyFitnessPal account which is also free. Once you have the app installed on your iPad or iPad Mini, you can have it search Facebook for friends to follow and share diet successes.
RunKeeper, the ever popular exercise tracking app, has released another update to their iPhone app that brings further integration of social networking sites into the app. The new version, 3.0.1 for those keeping score, brings greater ties to Facebook and Twitter by allowing users to share their goals on the social sites. Goals and sharing of those goals has been available in previous versions but only to other RunKeeper users. Now you can broadcast your goals to everyone in your social circles. The goals in RunKeeper can be setup for things like distance walked or run in a week for example. It is a
great way to keep yourself focused (peer pressure can be useful!) on your exercise and weight management goals.
In addition to the new goal sharing, RunKeeper also has some bug fixes in it including what had become an annoying Facebook prompting bug that seemed to pop up every. single. time. I used the app. They have also addressed some User Interface aspects of the saved activities page, as they say, “beautified” them.
If you are looking for an application to help you track your walking, running or cycling, give RunKeeper a try. I have found it to be deadly accurate on determining my GPS position when out exercising and accurately measuring the distance that I have covered.
RunKeeper is a free app and available in the App Store. In App purchases include the Elite Membership which gives you more advanced fitness reports as well as the ability to broadcast your exercise live as they happen. Elite Membership is $4.99 per month or $19.99 per year. If you really want to dive in and understand your exercise routines and the benefit they have for you, the Elite program is one you should consider.
To use RunKeeper you will need to register for an account on the RunKeeper website or through the app itself and you can use either your Facebook account or email address to sign up.
Barracuda Partners, developer of new-to-world health and fitness applications with more than 50 thousand downloads to date, today announces the launch of Obstacles XRT – Extreme Reality Training. Available in the AppStore for iPhone for the limited time promotional price of $4.99, the app transforms wherever you are into an obstacle course. Designed in coordination with expert fitness trainers, Obstacles XRT makes exercise fly by with highly engaging obstacle courses, including trekking over tires, escaping from quicksand, and sliding under fences.
“Traditional exercise routines are becoming an outdated practice,” says Todd Musgrove, Managing Director at Barracuda Partners. “The success of programs like Zumba and Kinect PlayFit, show that consumers are seeking options that make exercise more enjoyable. With no equipment required, Obstacles XRT’s body weight based exercises can be performed anywhere, anytime.”
For the busy mobile user on the go, the gym isn’t always an appealing or time efficient option. Study after study confirms that people are more likely to continue with an exercise program that they find enjoyable. Obstacles XRT’s progressively challenging obstacle courses gives users exciting new obstacles to take on each day.
Transformational Exercise Experience
- Using only body weight exercises , Obstacles XRT has numerous challenging obstacle courses from beginner to advanced levels
- Obstacles XRT can be used in any open space, whether it’s a living room, hotel room, outdoors, or conference room
- Offering hundreds of unique obstacle course layouts through a proprietary randomization engine, Obstacles XRT creates challenging obstacle courses featuring high-definition video and audio instruction
- Uses a progressive form of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to maximize post-workout calorie burn in the shortest amount of time
Obstacles XRT is $4.99 and available in the App Store in the Health & Fitness category.
Network Panda announces the release of BMI Calculator and Weight Tracker, a free application which can be used by everyone who wants to start calculating and tracking their body mass index and weight every day.
The body mass index (BMI), or Quetelet index, is an algorithm for human body fat based on an individual’s weight and height. It is a calculation based on two variables that are your weight and height. It involves a specific formula which is not always easy to remember. This is where the BMI calculator comes handy and makes the process easy.
The application includes a personal diary, with username and password protection, where users can store their BMI and
weight progress as often as they want. BMI Calculator and Weight Tracker then generates charts displaying the progress of users’ body mass index and weight. The username and password feature allows not only to protect all diary entries but also to access them from other devices.
BMI Calculator and Weight Tracker also includes an ideal weight calculator. The users just need to enter their height and body frame to find what their ideal weight is. Among other features of this application, users will find very useful the reminders. The application will create a silent text reminder, so the users remember to track their BMI and weight every day. This option is by default turned on and it is recommended for everyone who wants to keep their weight and body mass index under control by recording it every day.
* BMI Calculation can be completed in 2 seconds
* Weight can be entered in kilograms or pounds
* Height can be entered in centimeters or inches
* Height is remembered, so you don’t need to enter it every time
* Results are displayed as BMI units and as body category (underweight, normal, overweight or obese)
* By pressing one button the result can be added to your personal diary
* The username and password feature protects your personal diary data and allows you to access your stored data if you change device
* Ideal weight calculator included
* Reminder for tracking your BMI and weight and never forget it
Pricing and Availability:
BMI Calculator+ and Weight Tracker 3.0 is free without any limitation and does not require any InApp purchase.
A desire to create Healthy Habits is top among New Year’s Resolutions. Resolutions about weight loss, exercise, eating right, reducing stress and stopping smoking are some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions according to usa.gov. It is clear that people want to create healthier habits that improve their quality of life. A growing mHealth movement is focused on helping people live healthier lives with the aid of mobile tools. Healthy Habits is one such app.
Keys to create lasting change:
* Make a specific resolution/goal – write it down
* Come up with a plan. What behaviors do you need to change to be successful
* Track your progress (We recommend using Healthy Habits)
* Stick with it one more day! Every day you stick with it, improves your long term success
* When needed, reset and start again. You don’t need to be perfect, just persistent.
Healthy Habits is a highly rated iphone app that helps people create better health and happiness habits. First released in April 2011 by 2Morrow Mobile, over 78,000 people have downloaded Healthy Habits (or Healthy Habits Premium) in the first 8 months. The app was updated multiple times in the last 9 months including version 3.1 out this week. 2Morrow Mobile attributes frequent updates based on user feedback as a key to the app’s success. 2Morrow Mobile President, Brandon Masterson says that “Building a quality app is like keeping a resolution. You have to keep working on it.”
“We are very responsive to user feedback,” says Masterson, 2Morrow Mobile. “Our users tell us what they like and don’t like and we make adjustments. We constantly improve the app, not only fixing bugs but also adding requested features like backups, quotes, and inspirations. Our goal is to provide users with a fun and effective tool that helps them change their lives.”
Healthy Habits is a health and fitness app for the iPhone focused on helping people change long-term behaviors or habits. The Healthy Habits and Healthy Habits Premium apps have been repetitively featured under iTunes Health and Fitness apps. These apps allow people to identify habits they wish to change, define their motivations, customize goals, track progress and celebrate success. Along the way, they can share their progress with others via email of Facebook, earn badges and reach new milestones. The goal is to reward users for making the changes they wanted to make.Pricing and Availability:
Healthy Habits 3.1.0 is $3.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Health & Fitness category. There is a free version available.
Announcing that Creative Garage Studios, the developers of Hydroid, has released an exciting new product for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. This newly launched application provides the simplest, most interactive water intake monitoring available in the App Store for easier weight loss and maximum health and vitality. The app allows fully flexible settings for tracking water consumption and receiving reminders to drink more. Users are also able to view a graphical history of their water intake and see the time stamp of their last drink.
Creative Garage Studios is proud to announce the launch of their newest product, called Hydroid. The water intake tracking and reminder application is the simplest and most interactive available to date in the App Store. Hydroid makes it fast and easy for users to ensure that they are getting enough water each day. Water is vitally important for proper body functioning, peak health of organs, good energy levels, and weight loss.
The application offers full flexibility of settings, giving users the choice of water container and the number of drinks they want to ingest on a daily basis. They are also able to select the time frame they want for accomplishing their intake goal, as well as program the frequency of reminders that Hydroid gives them to have another drink of water.
Below are some of the features found in Hydroid:
* Attractive, easy-to-use interface
* Completely flexible settings
* Choice of different cups, glasses and bottles and their quantities
* Program the time frame and frequency of reminders
* Graphically track and compare water intake history
* Shows time stamp of last water intake
* Helps to ensure enough water consumption for health and vitality
* Future updates will include weight tracking and social network sharing
* 100% money back guarantee if you’re unhappy with Hydroid
To help users determine the progress of their water intake, Hydroid offers a graphical view of consumption history and also displays a time stamp of the last drink of water.
Users can feel confident in purchasing the application, as it comes with a 100% money back guarantee.
* 3GS, 4, 4S iPhone, iPod touch or iPad
* Requires iOS5 or later
* 2.4 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Hydroid 1.2 is only $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Health and Fitness category.