I don't know about you, but I run farther, more often, and more happily if I can blast some tunes while doing so, and get reams of dorky statistical data from my iPhone afterward. Finding some running pants with an iPhone pocket was tough enough, but what's been even harder is getting a pair of earbuds to stay put in my ears and not drive me crazy with whooshing sounds as the cable flops around and rubs against my shirt. The kind souls at Klingg must know what I mess I am, because they made this groovy little device that basically tapes the cable down to your shirt with magnets.
Your iPhone, with its music, GPS, and myriad fitness apps, is a great workout partner, once you solve the problem of where to keep it while you're working up a sweat. Griffin's Trainer armband (also available for iPhone 4/4S, iPod touch, iPod nano, and iPod classic) fits the bill for under $20.
Your iPhone can’t make you exercise more or change your diet. But it can help you make your life more social, more creative, and way more fun. With so many health and fitness apps aimed at helping you take care of yourself, your Mac and iOS device can be sources of support and inspiration — and all the nerdy statistics you’d ever want. No matter what your initial fitness level or your own goals (maybe you just want to sleep better, feel less stressed, or find a new trail to walk your dog), we hope something here speaks to you.
Yoga apps dominate the health and fitness scene in the App Store, but gaming giant Electronic Arts – best known for action-packed titles like Battlefield and Madden NFL – is something of an unexpected contender in this space. Despite the surprise launch, however, Yogify is an excellent option that makes it easy to pick a target and focus your workout, with various class bundles allowing users to customize the experience to fit their needs.
Let's say you enjoyed the holidays a bit too much. Also, if we're really being honest, you probably enjoyed January too much as well. There are a number of apps that track your health and fitness, such as the ever-excellent Nike+, but Moves excels at doing something different-- it tracks you passively.
It hasn't been long since the ball dropped on January 1, one of the many traditions that commemorates the beginning of a new year. Another common practice is committing to a New Year's resolution: a goal aimed towards bettering oneself over the next 365-or-so days. If your dedication is already wavering and your objective has been lost in the haze of these post-holiday days, you may need a little extra help to remain on task as the year progresses. We've collected eight apps geared toward some of the more common New Year's resolutions that will help you make good on your promise to yourself.
For most of us, either time or money is scarce; for many, it's certainly both. Yoga classes often come at $20 a pop and require an hour and a half of commitment. If you're a new or busy yogi, give Yoga Studio a try. This inexpensive app has quickly become one of my favorites for fitness
Yoga is a fabulous practice -- it's good for the mind and body, and balances other types of exercise. But, despite it's ascetic origins, practicing yoga is hardly an inexpensive hobby. With classes often starting at $20 a pop and expensive instructional DVDs that become stale after a few takes, a few bucks for an app seems like a steal. There are an endless number of apps for practicing yoga in the App Store, both free and for pay, but none of them cover quite the depth of Pocket Yoga. The app really does it all.
There are two great motivators to shedding your winter blubber: Realizing the extent of the holiday eating damage or having access to Nike's sublime iOS app that lets you track your runs. "Tracking" is perhaps putting things lightly, because this $1.99 baby serves up more stats than you could possibly need on every run you take. That means it's versatile enough to sate seasoned road warriors (the GPS function tracks both your pace and path) and wobbly newbies (it cheers you on when you break your own records).
Maybe you’re a serious athlete, and already keep track of your workouts in some form or other. But if you’re a beginner or a casual runner, you might want to think about doing so, because knowledge is power, and having a good record of what you’re already achieving could help you improve your performance. Just seeing your progress can be hugely motivating -- keeping track of where you’ve already been might help you get out the door again tomorrow morning. As ever, your Mac and iPhone are fine companions as you pull on those trainers and get ready to run.