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Jun032015

Looking for a Health and Fitness related app to up your game? Try one of our favorites!

 

These three apps are my peronal go-to's for tracking my runs, generating workout ideas with little to no equipment, and reminding me to stay hydrated throughout the day. 

 

1) Map My Run: 

MapMyRun is a fitness tracking application that enables you to use the built-in GPS of your mobile device to track all of your fitness activities. Record your workout details, including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned, and route traveled on an interactive map. You can even effortlessly save and upload your workout data to MapMyRun where you can view your route workout data, and comprehensive workout history.

Why I love it: I really love the Route Genius Option. No matter where I am, the built in GPS will find my location and suggest routes in my current area that are already programmed by fellow users. This gives options of many different routes and includes the distance and elevation gain. I also love the Gear Tracking component - you add your athletic shoes and the app will suggest when it's time to get new ones to avoid injury. 

Not a Runner? Try Map My Walk instead. It is essentially the same - but designed for walking. Like Map My Run, it syncs with a ton of different devices such as Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin and many more. 

 

2)  Sworkit

No gym? No time? No problem! Sworkit is designed with busy people in mind with high-intensity body weight workouts that you can make as short as five minutes and as long as an hour. Choose the style of exercise you’re looking for (strength, cardio, yoga, or stretching) and discover dozens of different workouts—or go ahead and use the app to create a custom workout. Inlcudes high-quality videos and a countdown clock of the number of reps you have left. 

Why I love it: This app allows me to build a quick workout that I can use anywhere and do in very little time if I am limited for time and equipment. While the app gives me exercise videos and direction, I will often modify them to meet my individual needs. 

If you are using this app for your personal exercise regime, I suggest meeting with one of our Kinesiologists or Personal Trainers to reivew which exercises are right for you, have your body mechanics reviewed or have us modify the exercises to suit your individual needs. 

 

3) WaterMinder 

This is an easy, intuitive app to track your water intake. Based on your body weight (or your personal goal), WaterMinder will remind you to drink water to reach your daily goals. By seeing current water fill visually and in percents you will instantly know how well you are hydrated!

Why I love it: This app doesn't just use the "8 glasses per day" goal. It asks you for your personal information and then creates a daily goal based on that. It will send reminders throughout the day to let you know when it's time to drink more water. You can also customize the app to use a specific measurement - for example, if you have a favorite cup or water bottle you can use the "add cup" option to use that specific volume.  

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