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Top 10 Apps To Help You Get (back) In Shape This New Year

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Well we all know how it goes at Christmas, there’s too much gorgeous food around that just has to be eaten. That’s all good and well during the festive period but when you’re trying to get back to normal and you can’t quite squeeze into your clothes again, you know something needs to be done.

Fortunately, we’re on hand to help out and we have put together the top 10 fitness and diet apps for iOS to get you back in shape and perhaps even improve on where you were before the indulgences. Check out the Top 10 apps to help, below…

Track & Share (Self & Things Tracker, Journal, To-do)

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Track & Share features several life management programs in one app. Why? Because different areas of your life are related to each other and Track & Share understands that. Here is an example: for some folks, stress interferes with sleep and lack of sleep leads to weight gain. Now, does this dynamic apply to you? Do you want to better understand, manage, and enjoy your complex life? Here is how to do it.

Move the item that you care about to the top of a Track screen, e.g., make Sleep Duration the top item on the Sleep screen. Add the items that you suspect influence the top item. Set a goal for each item. Some examples for goals are Sleep:  7 hours, Stress: mild, Coffee: 2 cups, Exercise: Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Now start tracking. The graphs let you compare items in many ways. As you lower your coffee consumption, does your stress go down, too? Are you able to sleep longer? Yes? Great! Now, did your weight improve? Not so much? Try tracking consumption of soda or sweets. Can you see a positive weight trend now? Keep at it. Once you establish your habits keep tracking to make sure you stay on track.

As you get different domains in shape, keep moving to other areas of your life. Not so happy? Try practicing gratitude. Your stress levels and blood pressure improved as well?  Nice find. The possibilities of Track & Share are endless. Read the View descriptions to find out how you can customize Track & Share and how to make it truly your life management application.

$9.99/£6.99/download

Calorie Counter: diets & activities

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Even Apple named this app as the best iPad Health & Fitness app in their App Store Rewind 2011 promotion. You can set your own goals for weight loss, weight gain or keeping fit. There’s great information on over 400,000 food items, more than 50,000 recipes and tons more. Not only all that, it’s free too.

Free/download

Whole Living Smoothies

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Who doesn’t love smoothies? Well, if you’re as passionate about them as we are then download this app. You can literally blend your way to wellness with Whole Living’s accessible guide to making refreshing, revitalizing, and restorative drinks.
With innovative recipes that mix fresh fruits and veggies with energy-boosting proteins and healthy fats, Whole Living Smoothies provides an easy, tasty approach to looking and feeling your best. Carefully selected by a panel of food editors and dietitians, these smoothie recipes feature the healthiest ingredients—and taste delicious—so you’ll feel full, fit, and fabulous!

Whole Living Smoothies comes with 12 Essential recipes—quick and easy favorites that require only a few ingredients—as well as 12 ultra-satisfying, Meal-in-a-Glass recipes specially formulated for a balanced breakfast, lunch, or dinner and 12 Allergen-Free recipes that omit ingredients such as nuts, soy, dairy, and wheat. Within the app, you can purchase additional recipe packs—including Detox, Weight-Loss, and Immunity-Boosting—and build your own library of these easy-to-make, fortifying drinks.

$1.99/£1.49/download

Weight Watchers Kitchen Companion

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Explore healthy cooking like never before! The Weight Watchers Kitchen Companion gives you ideas for what to cook and how to cook it. We’ll take you through the cooking process, from planning the menu, to shopping for ingredients, to making the dish. It’s the ultimate interactive healthy cooking tool.

Everyone who downloads the app can:
• Get the latest 10 featured recipes
• Save up to 10 favorite recipes
• Create custom shopping lists
• Set cooking timers in recipes
• Watch cooking technique videos
• Share recipes with email or Facebook

Free/download

Daily Butt Workout

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Daily Butt Workout contains two 5 to 10 minute daily butt and leg routines that step you through twenty of the best lower body exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home. This workout is developed and demonstrated by a certified personal trainer, and spending just minutes a day can strengthen and tone your butt and legs.

The routine’s simple interface, complete with video and timer, allows you to easily follow along and understand each exercise.

$0.99/£0.69/download

Get Running (Couch to 5k)

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Want to get fit and feel fantastic? Want to add some fresh air to your exercise? Then Get Running with the best Couch to 5k App.

With three enjoyable workouts a week, in nine weeks you will be running continuously for half an hour, even if getting off the couch is a struggle today.

Get Running breaks through the “beginning barrier” with its enormously popular Couch to 5k running plan. In week one’s workouts you’ll alternate one minute of running with 90 seconds of walking. With each new week, Get Running’s human voice coach gradually builds up your pace, until you’re running for a whole half-hour.

Get Running is the only Couch to 5K App that:

✔ Coaches like a human – with hundreds of studio-recorded progress and encouragement prompts.
✔ Supports and encourages you – talk with fellow running rookies on the Get Running forum.
✔ Lets you share (NEW!) – share Get Running with up to three other runners: you all get your own log and settings!
✔ Helps you plan – rest days help you recover, and Get Running knows the best day for your next run.
✔ Displays your next move – the unique Run Clock, customized for each workout, gives complete visibility and understanding.

$2.99/£1.99/download

Cyclemeter GPS Bike Computer for Road Cycling & Mountain Biking

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Cyclemeter turns your iPhone into a powerful GPS-enabled fitness computer, giving you feedback and motivation to go farther, be healthier, and live longer.

Cyclemeter is an iPhone-centric solution for tracking your workouts on your iPhone. No website login required. Supports cycling, running, walking, skiing, skating, and more.

Cyclemeter continually records your time, location, distance, elevation, and speed – years of workouts only take up the space of a few songs. Stop and start recording on-screen, with your earphone remote, or with automatic stop detection. Also track heart rate, bike speed, and bike cadence using the Wahoo Fitness ANT+ system (purchased separately).

$4.99/£2.99/download

Endomondo Sports Tracker

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Use your mobile as a free personal trainer and fitness partner! Using the built-in GPS, Endomondo Sports Tracker tracks your fitness – running, cycling, walking and any other distance based sport. On top, you get audio feedback on your performance during your workout and your friends can follow you live and send you pep talks in real-time.

All data is sent automatically to your profile at www.endomondo.com, where you have a range of possibilities to both analyze your training, compete against your friends, follow them live and communicate with the vibrant community of active people throughout the world, no matter what other GPS phone or tracking device they are using. You can also set up automatic sharing to Facebook and Twitter from the website.

Free/download

Run Watch – GPS Running Watch for tracking, mapping, and memorizing routes

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Aimed at users who require top-class GPS navigation directions and easy route management for fitness, Run Watch, the best running app for runners will help you run faster, be healthier and live longer. It can be used for running, cycling, walking and more.

Run Watch continually records your time, location, pace, elevation and these data will be presented intuitively to help you manage your fitness better. All of your running will be organized by routes and date. Statistics will be summarized by month.

$1.99/£1.49/download

Walkmeter GPS Walking Stopwatch for Fitness and Weight Loss

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Walkmeter continually records your time, location, distance, elevation, and speed – years of workouts only take up the space of a few songs. Stop and start recording on-screen, with your earphone remote, or with automatic stop detection. Also track heart rate, bike speed, and bike cadence using the Wahoo Fitness ANT+ system (purchased separately).

Monitor your progress with more than 70 configurable announcements including distance, time, speed, and elevation. Announcements may be heard automatically at time or distance intervals, or on-demand with your earphone remote. High quality voices may be downloaded for hearing replies from Twitter, Facebook, and dailymile.

Use email, Facebook, Twitter, and dailymile to share Google Maps of your workouts, automatically updated every few minutes. Have emails automatically sent to keep family and friends notified of your location and progress. During your workout, hear replies from family, coaches, and friends spoken using text-to-speech technology.

$4.99/£2.99/download

By Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said.
Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London.
Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art.
Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK.
She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

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