Health and Fitness Apps

RunKeeper (iPhone and Android) – This easy-to-use app allows phone users to track their running/walking/cycling routes and display the number of kilometres covered and the calories burnt. You can also share your workout info on Facebook and Twitter. Similar apps include StepTrakLite, iRunner, iJustRan, iMapMyFitness, CardioTrainer and iTreadmill.

Couch to 5k/C25K (iPhone and Android) – A great app for people wanting to learn how to run. Follow the program to build up your fitness over a number of weeks and reap the fitness rewards
 SideChef: (iPhone and Android) – So you’re totally game to try out new recipes, but fiddling with your phone to follow the directions while your hands are sticky is a huge pain. That’s where SideChef comes in. The app provides step-by-step voice command instructions. If it’s going too fast, you can ask SideChef to repeat directions without ever having to get your phone dirty—or worse, waterlogged.

Nike Training Club (iPhone)  – Get lean, toned and strong with the help of this virtual personal trainer and over 85 custom-built workouts. Easy to use with plenty of step-by-step videos

Daily Yoga: (iPhone and Android) – Never be bored by yoga again: More than 50 classes shot in video are just a few taps away. Each sequence has a specific focus, from increasing flexibility to strengthening your core. Plus, there’s a library with detailed videos of more than 500 poses.
Blogilates: (iPhone and Android) –  This Pilates app takes things to the next level—you get access to all of Cassey Ho’s videos, plus an online forum and monthly workout calendar.

Sworkit:  (iPhone and Android) –Tell Sworkit the type of workout you’re looking for (strength, cardio, yoga, or stretching) and the amount of time you’ve got (anywhere from five minutes to an hour), and the app delivers the moves to follow during your sweat session.

iFitness: (iPhone and Android) – Great for weight trainers who really want to focus on specific body parts. It has an extensive exercise library and good graphics. Users may also enjoy FitnessBuilder

MyFitnessPal (iPhone and Android) – A nifty food and exercise diary that allows users to log details of their daily eating and fitness habits to track calorie intake and expenditure. It’s scary when you see how many calories your favourite junk food/takeaway contains but it’s liberating when you enter your daily exercise and watch it even out your calorie intake. Also try Diet & Food Tracker

Spotify Running (iPhone and Android) – Part of the Spotify app, Spotify Running measures your pace and picks a song with the beats per minute to match it. It’s about time your music matches your cadence instead of the other way around.

FoodSwitch (iPhone) – Created by the world-leading George Institute for Global Health in Sydney to reduce confusion over food labelling, this app contains a database of 20,000 packaged foods. Shoppers can scan barcodes of different foods to see how many calories and how much fat, sugar and salt they contain and also get a list of healthier alternatives

CalorieKing Australia (iPhone) – This extensive database provides nutritional information for every imaginable food. It features a detailed fast food section where you can quickly search common Australian food chains like McDonalds, KFC and Bakers Delight. Also try Calorie Counter

Strava – If you’re a serious runner or cyclist, you need one place to keep track of your most recent runs and rides, and no app comes close to the capabilities offered by Strava. The app can track distance, speed, elevation, calories burned, heart rate, power, and cadence. Then it synthesizes all of this data into easy-to-understand graphics.

Fitness Builder – Whether you’re starting an exercise routine for the first time, or just want some workout inspiration, Fitness Builder can help. This app lets you choose from an impressive library of more than 5,600 exercise images and videos, or, you can even ask a personal trainer for helpful advice

Sit Ups Pro – If you’re in search of that elusive six-pack, or just need to know how many calories you’re burning with every crunch, this app is for you. To use it, enter your age, weight and fitness level, hold your smartphone above your chest and get crunching. It keeps track of the amount of sit ups set for you. This app is a good motivator for those who exercise best when working towards a numeral goal

iMapMyRun – If you’re looking for a new running route, want to log the distance travelled or find someone nearby to run with, them this app is a must-have. This version also suggests the foods you should eat before and after your workout, and logs the number of calories burned

Just Start Walking – From the Australian Chiropractor’s Association comes this easy-to-use app. It allows you to track, map and measure the distance you’ve walked, share updates with friends, while offering information on how to maintain correct posture or find a chiropractor in your area – if needed

Stress Check – According to Lifeline, 93 per cent of Australians experience stress due to family, work, health and financial pressure. Use this app to see how you rate on the stress chart. Developed by clinical psychologists, it takes you through a series of stress check quiz, exploring different areas of in your life. These stressors are explained, along with helpful tips on how to reduce anxiety in those areas.

iBreastcheck – Breast cancer will affect one in 11 Australian women before the age of 75 and is the most common cause of cancer-related death. This app is in the form of a downloadable video that shows you how to check your breasts, set a reminder and how your current lifestyle is affecting your risk of getting the disease. A must-have

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