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Mobile Apps to Change The Way You Look?

Almost one month has past since the many resolutions, and it is comforting to know I can salvage my pledge to lose weight with my trusty phone and websites for mobile on weight loss and exercise. Well, perhaps I’m being a bit sarcastic, but the truth, is there really are apps for your mobile phone which will nudge you in the right direction making it easier for you to watch your weight and just what you let go down your hatch.

Leave it to the writers at PCWorld to keep us focused on technology and what areas of our lives it affects.  Discover the games you can play, the exercise you’ve had, what you’ve eaten, the calories you’ve burned to an app which tells you which workout you should do.

This news is sure to fascinate those who yearn for Ten More Ways to obsess over our weight.

10 Great Tools to Get in Shape

Sticking to your New Year’s resolution can be tough. We have several great diet apps and workout websites that will help you stay on track.

By David Daw, PCWorld    Jan 2, 2012 9:00 pm

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10 Great Tools to Get in Shape – The New Year is finally here–and with it comes the realization that you probably had one too many pieces of pie at that last holiday party. Whether you want to work off just a few holiday pounds or you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to get in shape, you can find tons of fitness tools online and on your mobile phone that will provide motivation and assistance. Here are ten great tools that will help you track what you eat, where you run, and how quickly you’ve lost weight.

Fitocracy (Web; free)

Fitocracy is a new website that promises to turn weight loss into a social game with your pals. Once you sign up, you’ll be able to enter your workouts to earn points, gain levels, and dominate the charts. If some of your friends or coworkers have joined the site, you’ll be able to compete with them. Fitocracy has a number of tools to keep you motivated, such as the ability to challenge friends to fitness quests that you complete to earn extra points, plus daily goals offered by the developers.

Nike+ ($2 iOS app, free Web service)

Nike+ keeps track of how long and how far you run each day. While you can use the $19 Nike+ sensor in your shoes, if you have an iPhone or another GPS-enabled iDevice, the Nike+ app delivers reasonably accurate results. At the Nike+ website you can track all your runs and even challenge other users.

RunKeeper (iOS, Android, Web; free)

RunkeeperRunKeeper is a great alternative to the Nike+ app that shares most of the same functionality and is available on Android. Both apps track your running time and your location using your phone, and then report that data to a central website where you can review your progress. The design of RunKeeper’s Web interface may not be quite as impressive as that of Nike’s site, but it does have one major advantage over Nike+: It’s free.

FitDay (Web, PC, iOS; free, or $50 a year for a premium account)

If you need one place to monitor all of your dietary information, FitDay is the service for you. FitDay helps you record the calories, protein, fat, and carbohydrates in everything you eat, and it even offers long-term analysis of how your diet is progressing and what you need to change. FitDay’s free mobile app (iOS only) makes entering meals on the go easy.

DailyBurn (Web, iOS, Android; $9.99 a month, free for DailyBurn Tracker)

DailyBurnDailyBurn is a great site with two major components. The first is a free site, DailyBurn Tracker, that lets you track your diet, exercise, and weight in one location, and connects you with other people in the DailyBurn community to stay motivated. The service has a ton of fringe benefits, too: In addition to food- and workout-tracking mobile apps, the company has apps such as Food Scanner, which records an item’s nutritional information when you take a picture of the product’s bar code. Daily Burn also offers a premium plan that adds features like workout videos and a nutrition plan. The new DailyBurn plan isn’t free however and starts at $9.99 a month.

MyNetDiary (Android, iOS, Web; free, plus $4 and $10 pro versions)

If you want something a little easier on your pocketbook that still lets you stay on top of your food intake, try MyNetDiary. The free food-diary service has a Web app for assessing everything you’ve eaten, along with mobile apps for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone 7 that let you log your diet on the go. If you love the service so much that you can’t stand not giving them any money, the $4 pro version will remove ads from the iOS app.

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Nike Boom (iOS, Android; free)

Nike BoomNike Boom doesn’t monitor your workout, but it does help you push a bit harder when you exercise. It syncs your workout with high-energy music from your MP3 collection to keep you energized and inspire you to run that extra lap.

CrossFit Travel (Android; $2)

A workout routine is tough to stick to under the best of circumstances, but nothing can ruin your fitness plans quite like travel: You’re tired and less motivated, you probably can’t cook for yourself, and if you even have somewhere to work out, it’s strange and unfamiliar. Enter CrossFit Travel. This Android app gives you fast, simple workouts you can do anywhere, so you can stay in shape on the road.

Lose It (Android, iOS, Web; free)

Lose ItLose It is an all-purpose fitness tracker that helps you monitor your weight, your workouts, and your diet from one location online. Since Lose It is built to accommodate any workout or diet, it can take a little time to set up as you enter your own workout routines and diet preferences. But with free Android and iOS apps and community tools to help you stay motivated, Lose It is the most complete free health and fitness service on our list.

VirtuaGym (Android, Web; free)

All these tools to help you track your workouts aren’t very helpful unless you have a great workout to do. That’s where VirtuaGym comes in. This app helps you build a comprehensive workout, and it provides illustrations of the various exercises to make sure that you don’t waste your time.

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Coupons and Codes Are Just Two Ways to Save on Websites for Mobile Phones

In case you are trying to figure out just why people seem to love to shop using their mobile phones, it usually boils down to money and time.  A few years ago, shopping for deals was mostly a game, but today it is a way of life.  We try to save gas when we shop, use coupons when they are available, and we love “two can eat for the price of one” deals.  Mobile phone websites are where all of these ways to save plus more are available.

Jayne O’Donnell has a story in this issue of Sci-Tech Today about using Mobile Phone Apps (applications or little programs on your mobile phone) to save, sometimes really big amounts.  Like us, she strongly believes in Mobile and how it can empower consumers while they shop.

Enjoy some of her Tips for shopping in the excerpt below.  By all means, feel free to share with all your friends and family members.

It seems as if one new — or at least, improved —mobile shopping app is being introduced every day as the holiday season gets closer. While mobile sites compress retailers’ websites so they fit on phone and tablet screens, apps offer more features and functions. But credit experts warn that a minute of boredom can turn into a big credit card bill.

Jim Langehennig set out last Black Friday to get a popular HDTV with a great advertised price. When the Consumer Reports electronics lab manager got to the store, however, it was sold out.

Another model had an unadvertised special, but Langehennig didn’t want to buy it without checking the reviews. But he didn’t have the magazine’s app or mobile Relevant Products/Services site loaded on his new phone. So he drove 30 miles home to use his computer Relevant Products/Services. Fortunately, the other TV was still at the store when he got back.

“It would have been great to have the app right there in front of me,” Langehennig says. Shopping and doing research on the fly can really pay off during the holiday season, especially when smartphones and tablets are used to compare prices and check product reviews.

But credit expert Gerri Detweiler says there also can be a downside to shopping with your mobile device Relevant Products/Services.

“We can always be in shopping mode,” warns Detweiler, co-author of Reduce Debt, Reduce Stress. “A minute of boredom can turn into a big credit card bill.”

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More Apps Than You Can Count

It seems as if one new — or at least, improved —mobile shopping app is being introduced every day as the holiday season gets closer. While mobile sites compress retailers’ websites so they fit on phone and tablet Relevant Products/Services screens, apps Relevant Products/Services offer more features and functions. It could be tempting for shoppers to fill their phones with apps and do much of their research and even purchases on the go. The best ones for each consumer will vary by favorite stores and choice of mobile device.

But everyone should have at least one price comparison app. EBay’s Red Laser and Amazon’s Price Check are good choices. Kevin Sterneckert, director of retail research for the technology advisory company Gartner Relevant Products/Services Group, prefers Price Check because he can get product specifications, prices of used items and reviews, along with new prices.

Red Laser, which is available on iPhones and Android Relevant Products/Services-based phones, now has a 3.0 version available that also includes mobile express checkout using PayPal and bar-code scanning that lets users buy for either in-store pick-up or home delivery. Toys R Us is the only retailer with which this now works, but more stores are expected soon. Current users have to re-download Red Laser to get this version.

Price-comparison software Relevant Products/Services company Digital Folio plans to launch a mobile app in time for the holidays that it says will be the only shopping app tied to your computer browser. It lets you compare prices from five major retailers, then stores the results in one place; with the mobile app, you could access Relevant Products/Services the research from your home computer.

 

Some other tips to help you shop smartly with your mobile device:

 

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Shopping Gone Amok

Limit the number of shopping-related apps you download. “Definitely don’t overload yourself, because you likely won’t use those 10 apps,” says Dan Shust, innovation director at the digital marketing agency Resource Interactive. Six or so key ones are probably all you’ll need, recommends Sterneckert.

Consider an app to keep track of your receipts, no small task at the holidays. Shust recommends Lemon, which does a quick scan of receipts and keeps them organized on your phone.

Many apps let you keep your holiday shopping lists handy, a big plus if you want to avoid overspending.

Stick with store apps that truly add utility. Among other things, Home Depot’s will scan QR bar codes in the store and pull up reviews of products you’re considering.

“Do I care that Justin Bieber has a song I can download? No,” says Kasey Lobaugh, who heads online, mobile and in-store retail at consulting firm Deloitte. But it’s another story if an app gets him a 20%-off coupon the first time he checks in at the store. Retailers including PacSun and North Face have apps that will send you deals when the GPS Relevant Products/Services notices you’re nearby. Geo fencing, as it’s known, can be great if you’ve been waiting for something to go on sale, especially at stores such as North Face that seldom have markdowns.

But Detweiler warns it’s also a way for stores to “get inside your head and get you to buy something that may not be in your best financial interest.

Using Mobile Apps and Websites for Mobile Phones Can Be an Addictive Way to Shop

It can become as, or more, seductive to “get a deal” as it does to obtain something you need or want. You’ll know you are in real trouble when “the deal” becomes more important that the purchase. Savvy marketers know the shopping patterns of mobile users.  Mobile shoppers act with more urgency, usually an incredibly high percentage of them, in under 24 hours. Just remember to keep your head on your shoulders and to only buy what you really need and want.

Jayne’s entire story about websites for mobile phones and mobile shopping with apps is here….

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