for a run, losing a few pounds or finally exorcising a
bad habit? Of course, there are apps for all of that and
more, and more people are filling their smartphones with
20 percent of smartphone owners have at least one health
app on their device, according to a Pew Research Center
study released in late 2012, with exercise, diet and
weight the most popular kind. The study found that women
— those younger than 50, better educated, and with an
annual household income of more than $75,000 — are
more likely to have downloaded a health app.
are plenty of choices (and seemingly more every day) for
those women and anyone else who wants to add some health
and fitness to their digital world.
is as good a time as any to download one or two. Each
new year offers a good time to reassess priorities and
find new ways to achieve life goals. Here are some
health and fitness apps that may help.
Energy and activity tracker that helps you connect daily
routine to energy level by keeping track of your
activities such as sleep, diet, stress, mood and
|exercise to help you identify and change the
energy-sucking behavior. Users get energy tips, a weekly
report to track progress and help prioritizing healthy
habits for the upcoming week.
iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
This app plays off basic principles of human nature —
money and social pressures motivate people. To get
people to the gym, Fitsby has them challenge friends to
a game of gym check-ins. Users can play for fun (and
motivation) or for real money. A GPS system confirms
user is at the gym and he must stay there for at least a
half hour before checking out. At the end of the game,
the winner(s) take the pot.
Android, coming soon for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
This app lets you set goals for health, fitness and
anything you want to improve. Want to read more, be
kinder, drink more water, be more productive? There are
more than 300,000 habits to choose from. Set the goal
and get motivated by tracking habits, marking,
monitoring and seeing progress and seeking social
networking support if desired.
iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad; coming soon for Android
Lift Worldwide Inc.
A unique option in a glut of running apps, Cruise
Control matches music selections to the pace users want
to run. There are four options — in Free Run, the app
automatically selects music to match your running
rhythm; Pace lets users pick a target speed and if they
match their running rhythm to the music, it keeps them
there; Heart Rate is much like Pace, if runner matches
steps to the rhythm of the music, it will get the user
to the targeted heart rate; and Cadence has users pick
target stride rate and the app adjusts the songs to play
at the same tempo.
iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
A big developer of health and fitness apps, Azumio added
Fitness Trainer to its catalog in December. The app
gives users more than 600 exercises and more than 100
home workouts — including seven body-part specific
workouts — using only body weight, dumbbells or
resistance bands. Sport specific workouts (for skiing or
cycling, for example) are offered as in-app purchases.
iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad