It’s been crazy around the house this week. I haven’t been able to take any more back exercise video yet. I just got a new iPhone 5 and loaded some new workout apps on it. Here’s what I’m using these days:
This is a great music app, you can pick out several different types of music genres from the “concierge” depending on what you’re in the mood for. I use this app when I am riding the stationary bike or doing a number of other workouts where music enhances things. My favorite is, “drop a beat workout”, but there are tons you can choose from. Cost: FREE
All you need to do with this app is set the “work” time, the “rest” time and how many times you want it to repeat. Hit start and this timer will keep you on track for circuit and interval workouts. Bit Timer gives you a three second audible count before you change from work to rest or back. I use this app to time tabatas, mountain hike intervals and circuit workouts. Cost: 99 cents
Map My Walk:
This is what I call a motivational gadget. Start “Map My Walk” when you begin walking, or running. It will record a GPS map of your walk/run route. It will tell you when each mile has been completed. When you save your workout, you get a summary that includes total distance, speed, speed per mile, elevation changes and other nifty info. You then have the option to share your workout details on facebook, e-mail, or twitter. Cost: FREE (Note-there is a “Map My Walk” premium available at a cost. The company sends you e-mails frequently to see if you want to upgrade which is mildly annoying after a while)
This app is great for when you’re travelling or when you need to work out with no equipment and little space. (Warning: excuse eliminator!) Just program in the four types of exercises you want to do, plus a bonus exercise for jokers if you want. Rip Deck “shuffles” the cyber deck of cards. You touch the screen and do the exercise and the number of reps each card represents. Instant workout. You can read my review of Rip Deck here. This one costs 99 cents. Economical, simple and effective; this is my kind of app.
The only thing that has ever worked for me when it comes to weight loss is counting calories, making sure that calories burned from basal metabolism plus exercise is greater than calories in for the week. Lose it! makes this sooo much easier. Put in your age and current weight, how much weight you want to lose and how much per week you want that to be. (You HAVE to be realistic. I put in 1/2 pound per week.) Lose it gives you a daily calorie intake you should shoot for and helps you keep track of calories in and calories out through exercise. It has a HUGE database of foods, plus restaurants and brand name foods. You can also scan bar codes on any packaged foods you buy. This app is FREE. The free version does so much, but there is also a premium version that gives you extra features as well. Read my expanded review of Lose it! here.
Now I’m asking for your help. Let me know what workout apps you love. I want to add to my collection.