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If You Want to Lose Weight, App-ly Yourself

Was your New Year’s resolution about dropping unwanted pounds? According to Today.com, almost 40 percent of all New Year’s resolutions concern losing weight. There are countless weight loss aids out there; from diet books, to videos, to websites that track calories.

With so many options it can be difficult to get focused and stay on track. The fitness movement isn’t going anywhere; as the U.S. struggles with obesity the industry can only grow. It was only a matter of time before the tech companies jumped on board. Apple released Lose It! for iPhone users and the BlackBerry PlayBook has a whole slieu of apps designed to help you trim down and tone up.

FitBit

FitBit provides you with a small device called a “Tracker” that you wear at all times. It automatically tracks your activity level, monitors your sleep habits and keeps track of your food and exercise (all entered by you). It then takes this information and combines it into health reports that help you follow your progress and make any necessary changes. The FitBit app allows you to access your FitBit logs at anytime without visiting the website.

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joyFit

Working out is better with a support group so for joyFit, developers integrated a social network aspect. Like Foursquare, you acquire points for each workout and your “rank” increases accordingly. You can also receive virtual cash that you can use to buy items that will increase the rate of your social-cardio climb. After each workout, you can choose to share your progress with your friends. This apps introduces a healthy dose of social competition to keep you motivated.

FitDeck Bodyweight

This app contains an index of 50 exercises meant to work your whole body. It also provides a list of exercises that isolate the lower, mid and upper body to help you focus on trouble areas. The best part is none of the exercises require additional equipment. You use your own weight as resistance and the app provides a visual guide for each move with varying degrees of difficulty so you can mix it up whenever you like.

Fitness Panacea – Yoga Cure

If your workout style is a little more low-key or if you are physically unable to do a strenuous workout, this app will help you get in touch with your inner yogi. Also meant as a curative program, the poses are organized by ailments (slightly unhelpful) but if you can get past the weird set-up it has a lot of good information. It also provides a variety of calming music for you to choose from to get you into the meditative mood.

Yoga Cure Fitness Panacea

Whether you are an iron man contender looking to work off that last 1 percent of body fat, or someone stepping foot inside a gym for the first time, there are tools out there to help you succeed. Support is an important part of achieving weight loss goals and with the new BlackBerry PlayBook apps you’ll never jog alone.

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Walter Jayanth

    March 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    With so many options it can be difficult to get focused and stay on track. The fitness movement isn’t going anywhere; as the U.S. struggles with obesity the industry can only grow. It was only a matter of time before the tech companies jumped on board.

  2. Michael

    March 24, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    These are good tools. Nike fuel is also good.

  3. Lance McDonald

    March 24, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    The winter time is the worst time of the year to lose weight. The body needs to stay worm and uses the fat to keep warm. Everybody is trying to work off all of those holiday dinners that happened so close and in between. The app is a great idea. People need that extra motivation.

    • phe

      January 5, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Yes, Lance.
      I am fully agree with you. Winter is not right time to lose weight.

  4. Lily

    March 28, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Thank you for sharing this post. I find this really helpful and informative. This is really interesting! Everyone should always stay healthy!

  5. Dan

    April 2, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Using an app in order to keep up with a weight loss programs can be a lot of fun and efficient. I really enjoyed the article as there were great apps presented. Cheers!

  6. Flora

    April 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    What is a fast way to lose weight, without taking pills or drugs, and without just drinking water?

    • Morten Olesen

      April 15, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      Basically you need to boost your metabolism so you burn more fat than usual. Proper dieting and exercise usual do the trick, but you have to remember that water is essential for the body so you actually need to drink a lot of it.

  7. Mike

    April 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Good article and a lot of information available. I enjoyed reading about this entry and all the information was very helpful to me.This topic is quite new to me but I am interested in the article is well written.

  8. Christiane

    May 1, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Winter is obviously the worst time for controlling your weight, but there are many options available if you are really serious, such as going to the gym, running up the stairs repeatedly,
    swimming, if there is a pool near you, using a turbo trainer if you enjoy cycling and of course yoga. Yoga is very good when starting a weight loss campaign, but more strenuous exercise needs to be added later on.

  9. Sara Morgan

    September 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Great article! Really informative.Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work. 🙂
    Use a bullet-point list to incorporate short, straightforward ideas. When you’re using lists in sentences, the reader may lose interest. When you place them in bullets, though, they become a nice break from the rest of the article. This is a good way to keep readers interested.

  10. SJ Scott

    October 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    One of the things I love about modern technology is the ability to track, monitor and improve every aspect of your life with ease.

    I use the FitBit that you mentioned in your article, and I simply love it. Having the ability to keep track of what you are doing and how your progress is great for inspiration and planning purposes. It really helps to jumpstart a fitness habit.

  11. Wesley

    November 3, 2013 at 1:10 am

    I’m definitely a bit of an app-o-holic so I got a big kick out of this article. I actually use a yoga app a few times a week and I was really into the Wii fitness programs back in the day. I think apps and games make getting in shape more fun so its easier to breakdown the subconscious barrier that sometimes exists between us and our goals for staying (or getting) in shape.

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