Tempting as it was to call this blog post ‘there’s an app for that’ – we all know that there actually does seem to be an app available now for just about anything you want to do. If, like me, you’re totally addicted to your phone, and intrigued by the new apps that appear on it endlessly, you’ve probably already had a good look at some of the best health and fitness apps to download.
If not, well here are a few to get you started!
Endomondo is great because you can use it on so many phones, and you get to sync it up to your Facebook account to show off about how far you’ve walked, run or skied if you’re lucky. It comes complete with a ready-made online community, and now you can sync your show-off statistics for over 21 different activities with Facebook and get involved in organised local events. You can type in your postcode and the app will show local routes although the downside is that you can download them to a BlackBerry. You can see your distance, speed and calories burnt in real time and best of all, it’s a freebie.
The Nike+ running app has been around for a while but it’s only recently been upgraded so that you can use it on your iPhone. The essential app for runners, it uses the iPhone’s own accelerometer and GPS to work out your speed and location, so there’s no need for sensors ion shoes or anything daft like that anymore. There are lots of useful functions for this app – like the ‘power song’ function for when it’s all feeling a bit too hard and you need a blast of something uplifting to spur you on. If you feel like pushing yourself a little, you can challenge yourself to run a little bit faster or for a little bit longer. Nike+ for iPhone boasts interactive as well as accurate feedback on distance and speed – it should be considered part of the kit, really.
If you’re trying to lose weight but lose track of how much you’ve been eating, the answer could be in MyFitnessPal. This handy little tracker helpfully contains the calorie counts for over 1,3 million different foods. So yes, that Twix you ate when you thought nobody was looking is very likely to be in there, and yes, it does contain calories. Oops. If you’ve succumbed and you’re looking for a way to do penance, don’t worry, the exercise tracker gives you ideas about how to work the calories back off again.
At this time of year, when it’s one Christmas party after another, someone’s got to keep an eye on your booze habits. That’s where the NHS drinks tracker comes in. At the moment it’s only available on iPhone, which is a bit of a shame, but if you’re still sober enough to remember to do it, it will tot up all your alcohol units for you and probably give you a good telling off for overdoing it!