Posts Tagged ‘iphone’

Walking motivation for people who don’t like running from zombies

Android/iOS: Zombies, Run! was one of those apps that really changed the way we thought about running, and today the developer is releasing The Walk to do the same with walking. P

At its core, The Walk is a fitness tracker that measures your daily steps and activity. Like Zombies, Run! The Walk also has a story that goes along with it. This time, it\’s a thriller, and you\’re following the story of Walker, a man who\’s trying to deliver a mysterious package. All in all, it includes 65 episodes and 800 minutes of storytelling. As far as the actual activity tracker is concerned, The Walk keeps track of your daily steps and location, and then unlocks episodes as you reach activity-based milestones. You get smaller achievements and challenges for each episode to keep things interesting.

via The Walk Motivates You to Exercise with a Story.


Which smartphone has the best fitness apps?


The iPhone is known for its wide variety of fitness apps, but fortunately the top few most useful apps are available on both iPhones and Droids:


Couch to 5K (several varieties)

Lose It

MyFitnessPal tracker

… and the major diet programs have apps for both, or web apps that work on either, so you’re not going to go wrong either way.

As far as the sheer usefulness of each app when you’re out for your exercise session, it’s a wash.  iPhones have a simpler user interface but Droids have more snappy responsiveness, IMHO.  Your results my vary.


Cool iPhone app for knowing the pros and cons of food

Here’s a nice iPhone app called Fooducate. Point your iPhone camera at at the UPC code of a food item, and you’ll receive a nice little summary of the pros and cons of that food.

It takes some of the mystery out of the process of identifying the odd ingredients in commercial food.

If you don’t want to be so investigatory:

1. Don’t buy foods with ingredients you could not buy at the grocery store separately.  They don’t sell propylene glycol, for example.

2. Don’t buy foods with ingredients you would not want to eat all by themselves.  Your body has to separate that propylene glycol and digest it.

3. Read the nutrition label, not just the big text on the front.  The big text is somewhat regulated by The Government Is Here To Help You, but there are surprising allowances everywhere.  Whole Grain bread only has to be 51% whole grain, for example.  A claim can be made for Made With Real Fruit, or Contains Antioxidants, if only a minuscule amount is present.  Ingredients are in order by weight, not by percentage prevalence in the food product.