Sunday, April 21, 2013

Technology and Fitness: Good Apps for a Great Workout.

Mrs. Avenger and I have recently started using Smart phones.  It took us awhile, we know.  We found that life for others was much more convenient using these handy little devices.  We've grown to love our "phones." We can play words with friends, Angry Birds, and once in a while we can even figure out how to actually make a call, but only when all of our brain cells, timing, and coordination are engaged.

Immediately after plugging in the phones we set out to download APPS!!!!  Did you know there are apps for just about everything?  So much so, that when confronted with problems at home our little Avengers want to know if "there's an App for that?"  The little guys know how to use these much better than we do already.

One of the nicest features are all of the great Fitness Apps available.  You don't need to spend a fortune on a personal trainer when you have these handy little guys along with you! I will highlight our favorite Three (So far):

FITOCRACY: I'm new to this app but I am already addicted. It is a social networking site that incorporates gaming and fitness.  I have found the members to be extremely motivating, engaging, friendly, and non-judgemental. The facilitators have a great sense of humor, and provide lots of motivation along the way. The app is free, easy, and it helps you track your workouts, fitness goals, and provides the user with fitness challenges. They have a current challenge to users to exercise at least 15 minutes a day.  (We noted in an earlier post that exercising 15 to 30 minutes a day can change your physiology. That's all it takes).  What a way to get started!  You can keep your head buried in the smart phone, and get fit at the same time.  It's a Win Win situation! 

ZOMBIES RUN:  $3.99 is all it takes to download this gem. It's not much considering 4 bucks and you could be the hero that saves the world from the Zombie Apocalypse! In the Entertainment realm there are two things I LOVE!  1. The Avengers. 2.  Anything Zombie.  I can't help it, I'm a geek and I know it! Since there aren't any Avengers fitness apps that I am aware of, this is a great and fun way to get fit. There is an app to train you for a 5K, and there is one now (Zombies Run 2) that provides "motivation"  for interval and personal running training. (if you want to keep your brains, you will run!) 

There are 60 missions to choose from: "You are Runner. Hundreds of lives are counting on you. You've got to help your base rebuild from the ruins of civilization by collecting critical supplies while avoiding roving zombie hordes. Can you save them and learn the truth about the zombie apocalypse?  Even better, you can create your own custom play lists before you start running: the story unfolds in between your tracks through a series of dynamic radio messages and voice recordings."
This is just too much fun to pass on! 
ENDOMONDO:  I am preparing to join this community for my hiking and bicycling now that spring and Summer are quickly approaching.  " is the place where you automatically track all your sports data and monitor your performance over time. At you meet like-minded friends, get inspired by them, challenge them and follow their activities... live! So whether you are into just following your personal achievements or whether you wish to place yourself in a larger network of sports partners that challenge and support each other's efforts - is your new world of endorphins." This app gets rave reviews, and it's free. This is a great opportunity to get in touch with nature....through technology!

These are our first top picks for fitness apps.  We are constantly on the lookout for new fitness and nutrition apps.  We will happily provide more product reviews in the near future, but we'd love to hear from you.  What are your favorites?