Hot summer has come and gone. It is colder outside, and people are wearing thick jackets and jeans. The desire to attend a gym or to walk home rather than ride in a car are missing, but the desire to keep yourself in a good shape is not going away, nor is the aspiration to meet next spring fit and tone. Luckily, if you have an iPhone, a boring diet and fitness routine can be made more versatile and engaging. This is especially true since the App Store is packed with dozens of diet and fitness applications.
First of all, your everyday diet needs be examined, and those items that are excessive need to be excluded from it. For calculating your necessary caloric intake each day and figuring out how many more pizza slices you eat can during supper, use Meal Snap. The application is very simple to use. Simply take a photo of your meal using the app, and in a few moments, the number of calories ready to enter into your stomach will be calculated on the iPhone’s screen.
Magic? Almost. Such a simple input method does not provide 100% accuracy even if the name of the course is added to the photo. On the other hand, Meal Snap will come really handy for those who just started monitoring their diet. At this stage, a more complicated app will only confuse you and eliminate any desire to eat right.
Nothing burns excess weight better than a good run. However, evening jogs may soon become boring, and the exercise will begin to feel like an unnecessary burden. Have you had enough of struggling with your will power? Then let’s make the jogs more interesting. The one to help us with this task is the RunKeeper app. As its name suggests, this useful application is meant to save jogging results. Practically speaking, that means that you run around a couple of blocks while listening to rhythmic music, and a bit later, you can view your route covered, number of calories burnt, and weight change at a personal page on runkeeper.com. Here You can also share your result with friends.
The application allows for the creation of personalized playlists so that you can choose the right jogging music. It also offers a “Training Workout” function which will notify you of the need to slow down or speed up during a jog. If you are like me and need some external motivation to get decent results, then Run Keeper will be really handy. And by the way, there are also profiles dedicated to those who love cycling or sports walking.
Jogging is good, but how about a warm-up and a workout at home or at a gym? For this purpose, there is a one more extremely interesting application called CrunchFu. It will help you exercise right without spending money on a personal trainer and without the added burden of needing to write something down while you work out.
To use the app, you will choose the right workout for you out of 200 available exercises and start doing your crunches, push-ups and abs workout. As you work out, CrunchFu will make sure that everything is done correctly and without indulgences. All that you need to remember is to take the Smartphone into your hand or strap it to your body. This will allow you to use iPhone’s capabilities to determine your positioning and efforts applied. The application also provides an amusing Battle mode that allows you to get into a competition with other users through Internet. Is that not the perfect motivation to work out your abs faster than anyone else?
So, some time has passed since you have been trying to eat right and jog regularly in the evenings? Great, now it’s just time to use a more advanced application to track your weight and nutrition. Lose It! is an application that uses a web service, www.loseit.com, which is popular among those who are trying to lose some weight. The app allows to always have a personal healthy nutrition plan at your fingertips.
Lose It’s vast product database, combined with the option to add some of your own products, ensures that your apple pie will not be equated with your beef steak calorie-wise. Through writing down your calories consumed, this app proves a bit harder to use than Meal Snap.
Do you have to lose 10 points in just a few weeks? Now is a great time to tell friends about this goal, get them to set their own fitness plans, and compare your results with their results. A spirit of competition is always conducive to great results even in such difficult matters.
It is always harder to get rid of weight than to gain it, but diversifying the workload using modern Smartphone capabilities will make the process far more pleasant and the results far more noticeable. Seeing a graph with proof of muscle mass growth and pounds melting away is always more enjoyable than just keeping track of progress in your mind.
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Alexander Peters is a 26 year-old entrepreneur. He is the founder of softwarewithstyle.com, a blog focused on iPhone, iPad and Mac how-to and questions. You can follow him on Google+ (https://plus.google.com/u/0/