Wellness Archive

Endomondo Sports Tracker

Endomondo Sports Tracker is the perfect running partner.  It keeps track of your time, distance, and speed, as expected.  You can also set a distance goal, and change the sport from running to waling, cycling, blading, etc.  The coolest feature of Endomondo Sports Tracker is its ability to display your route using GPS, which is awesome.  By creating a free account, you can fully experience all this app has to offer.  You can keep post all of your runs online through endomondo.com, as view everyone else’s routes.  This is a great motivational tool, especially if you have a friend also using the app.  Additionally, the app features an audio coach, that will provide vocal motivation for your runs.  This is a great app, and as many of the comments mention, we’re lucky its free.  Grab Endomondo Sports Tracker for free while you can if you run.  You’ll be surprised how cool it is to watch your routes progress over time.

HeartRate

HeartRate is a very simple app that calculates your heart rate using your Android’s touch screen.  By tapping the screen for about 15 seconds based on your pulse, it gives you an accurate reading of your Beats Per Minute.  Additionally, it will tell you what zone your BPMs are in based on your age.  The ability to display a real heart is a nice touch, and looks really cool when you tap it.  Furthermore, you view your history of readings, and name them, allowing to track your heart rate over time.  If you want to know your heart rate down to the beat, you can purchase a Zephyr HxM, and the app will read your heart rate using bluetooth, assuming your running Android 2.1.  However, this option is very pricey at $99.  HeartRate is great if you want to keep track of your heart rate after a run, or if you just want to know your heart rate.

Calorie Counter by FatSecret

Whatever your diet plan is, whether its to cut calories or to pack on the protein, Calorie Counter by FatSecret is the perfect tool to help you achieve your nutrition goals.  This app will help you out whether you’re looking for the right food at a supermarket, or trying to pick out an appropriate meal at a restaurant. The Barcode Scan is easily this apps coolest feature.  By scanning any food item’s barcode, you are immediately presented with all of its nutritional data.  Additionally, you can sort through most major supermarket chains and find the item you’re looking for manually.  If you are out to eat at any chain, odds are the dish you plan on ordering is listed.

Once you find your food option, you can add it to your Food Diary, which will keep track of all your nutritional information for the day.  By also using the Exercise Diary, which keeps track of the calories you burn for each activity performed throughout the day, you can compare your daily calorie intake vs. output.  The Diet Calender will combine these two statistics over a monthly view, to paint you the big picture.  Furthermore, using the Weight Tracker, you can keep track of your weight and see how close you are to achieving your goals.  Calorie Counter by FatSecret is a phenomenal app, and is perfect for you if you have specific nutritional goals, or if you simply want to get a general idea of the nutrition behind the food you’re eating.  For those who want to take it a step further, you can sync all your data with fatsecret.com, giving you access to a wide array of info, as well as a supportive online community.

DroidFit – Workout, Fitness, Gym

Whether your squatting 450 pounds or curling a 2.5 pound barbell (yes, they exist), if you go to the gym, DroidFit is for you.  DroidFit puts the knowledge and resources of a bodybuilder in the palm of your sweaty hand.  Once you create a profile, you can set your fitness goals for each muscle group.  You can also edit your weekly routine, and your daily routine for each muscle group.  The app comes loaded with an extensive library of exercises to choose from, each with an animated action video.  For those of you who already have a routine, you can add exercises to the list.

Once your ready to hit the gym, DroidFit allows you to log each exercise you do, and will graph what should be your improvements.  DroidFit also has a rest timer, so you can accurately pace yourself through your routine.  Another sweet feature is the app will project your 1-rep max using a complex formula for every exercise, and you use the metric system, DroidFit has you covered with kilograms and centimeters.  DroidFit is a phenomenal app that will both educate and motivate you to achieve your fitness goals.  This is a must download for all gym-goers.