Written by Shannon, aka Cassandra.
Sometimes you simply can’t avoid getting sick. This week I caught a cold which resulted in a husky alter-ego that Nick named “Cassandra.” So don’t mind the raspy co-host for today’s episode.
Ironically, we’re talking about health & fitness apps today! Specifically, Nick and I share our favorite apps that we use every day, then we go through apps from listeners and friends who submitted their picks.
Following up on our previous episode where I reviewed the Fitbit Charge 2, I dive into the user-friendly mobile app that serves as the real power behind any Fitbit. This free app is where you setup your actual Fitbit device, establish your goals, and even where you can track a few other handy health and fitness items.
The Fitbit app includes a very easy user interface, with a main screen that highlights some of your main daily metrics like: steps, floors climbed, miles covered, calories burned, activity and water consumed. You can also get info on your resting heart rate, calories consumed, sleep, etc.
The best part is the integration with other apps, including Nick’s food log app that he breaks down further, and the peloton app, which sends workout info from the bike to your Fitbit app.
Nick provides a review of the Lose it! app, which is a food journal. While neither of us are big on counting calories, we do like holding ourselves accountable and it’s easy to lose track of what you’re eating. This app is a great way to ensure you’re truly seeing how much macronutrients you’re taking in each day, your calories consumed and your calories burned.
The food catalog for Lose It! is truly impressive with millions of food items, ingredients and meals alike, already logged into the database. You can even scan barcodes with a built-in barcode scanner to make it easy to identify specific food items.
Snap it!, which is an extension of the Lose It app, even gives the option of identifying food by snapping a picture, which it then tries to match up to corresponding nutrition information. It’s just not incredibly accurate, so it’s more effective for simple items (e.g. piece of fruit, protein bar, etc.).
There is a premium version of the app, but the free version offers great options and even integrates with other fitness apps to provide information like steps and exercise.
Getting into the listener’s favorite fitness apps, we list them off for ya:
- Jessica Fox – Runkeeper (tracks & logs exercise) & Fit Radio (music app that matches the beat to your workout)
- Dave Cohn – StrongLifts 5×5 (provide weight training exercises for building muscle mass)
- Casey O’brien – MyFitnessPal (calorie counter, diet & exercise journal)
- Carlen Gael – MapMyRun (tracks & logs exercise), Fitocracy (workout generator and log) & MyPlate (nutrition journal)
- Cara Elizabeth – Runtastic Timer (interval timer)
- Lean Green Dad Cory Warren – Fitness Point Pro (premium version of a workout guide and log)
- Matt Perkins – still uses pen and paper to log workouts & nutrition
At the end of the day though, it doesn’t matter if you use fitness apps or not. Use whatever tools you need to hold yourself more accountable and help you to reach your fitness goals.
We wrap up this episode getting amped up for the new Facebook Live workout that is now available on the ETT Facebook page. Perfect little 25-min workout video that includes a warmup, 15 min HIIT workout and an ab-centric cooldown.We’ve got exciting episodes coming up; please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what topics you’d like us to discuss on a future episode. Thanks for listening!
Links for this week’s episode