what I love wednesday: weight loss related apps
Since January 2011 I have lost over 80 lbs and my iPhone Thursday is a pretty important part of my fitness and weight loss routine. I thought today I'd share with you four of the apps that I use as part of my journey!
First up is, naturally, the Weight Watchers app:
I remember the old days when you had to carry your little slide rule calculator and flimsy paper notebook to keep track of your points while on the go. Now it's all on my phone, but because it syncs with the website, I can go between computer and phone depending on my day and everything is up-to-date. It has the calculator, a few "cheat sheets" (like helping you make good choices while, say, ordering pasta or cocktails), a huge database of food including some restaurants, and recipes. It also, of course, keeps track of your weight loss which you can view as a table or graph.
Available from the App store. Free (but you do need to be a WW member to actually use it.)
Next, we have the Couch-to-5K app put out by Active.com:
This is one of the very few apps I have on my phone that I paid for. I'm more of a Free or "lite" user and I was a bit hesitant about downloading the app because it costs money but I'm so glad I did. This is the app that helped me go from the girl who hated running to the woman who, well, spontaneously runs 3 miles. The program is 9 weeks, 3 times a week, for roughly 30 minutes each time (less in the beginning, more near the end). What I like about the app is that I can just run without worrying about the clock or intervals. This is especially important in the beginning when the intervals are only a few minutes and it's distracting to keep having to check the time. Instead, the app tells you when to walk and when to run and keeps a log of each run. Plus it allows me to listen to my own playlist while running. For any non-runners looking to start, I highly recommend the Couch-to-5K program.
Available from the App store. $1.99.
So I discovered I love running, but the Couch-to-5k app has a max program of 30 minutes. What if I want to run for more than half an hour? What if I want to know how far I'm running and what my pace is? Enter the MapMyRun app:
There are a lot of running apps out there but I went with this one because I'm familiar with the MapMyRun website. Like the Couch to 5k app, I can listen to my own playlist while running, but I decide on the time or distance and when to stop and start each run. There is an optional voice overlay that you can use that tells you either distance or time, so if I'm doing my two mile weekday morning run, I set the voice command at the 1 mile mark as that's when I know when to turn around and then when it comes back and tells me 2 miles, that's when I know to stop. Using GPS, it tracks your route as you run as well as pacing so I like being able to go back and see how I'm slowly getting faster (pun intended). I can also look up routes that other app users have logged, so if I'm ever out-of-town in an area I don't know I can see nearby runs that look good.
Available from the App store. Free.
Finally, an app that might seem a bit odd for this list. Twitter:
I know, at first glance Twitter doesn't seem like a natural choice for a list of apps related to weight-loss. But, on the contrary, sites like Healthy Living Blogs and FitFluential frequently post informative articles and blog posts and I like being able to follow magazines like Shape and Fitness. Plus, you can connect the MapMyRun app to Twitter and post your routes and times post-run. More than anything, though, it's a fantastic way to stay active in the fitness blogging community and, really, isn't that what social networking is all about?
Available from the App store. Free.
So those are some of my favorite weight loss/fitness apps. What are some of yours?
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