It looks as though our favorite Cupertino tech company is out to prove that an Apple a day really can keep the doctor away. Apple's reportedly working on an app that will gather and compile data about your health with the help of the iPhone's new M7 processor, reports 9to5Mac, along with the fitness data commonly found in smart watches like the Pebble.
With so many life-logging apps out there, it may be difficult to find the right one for you. OptimizeMe doesn’t just keep a log of your daily activities — it also tells you how to improve them and how each one affects one another. If you don’t mind manually inputting all of your data, OptimizeMe is true to its name and can help you optimize your life. OptimizeMe organizes your activities into four separate categories: health, creativity, routine, and pleasure.
The shocking truth about tech journalists is that we often spend ridiculous amounts of time sitting in front of our computers. Sure, the bosses love it, but often that’s not so great for our health. In an effort to clean up my act fitness-wise, I decided to employ some tech to reverse my slide into desk-potatodom.
While you're waiting around for the iWatch, the fitness buffs among you might be interested in picking up the new Fitbit Force wristband. As AllThingsD reports, it includes all the features from last year's popular Fitbit Flex, while adding actual watch functionality, a larger screen, an altimeter for measuring how many stairs you've climbed, and a system for measuring how long you've really been exercising.
Using your device’s front-facing camera, Go Dance turns your iPhone or iPad into a motion-capturing sensor, providing you with a dance game experience like you’d normally find on home consoles. While the game looks and plays like the popular Just Dance titles, it only comes with two songs and lacks distinct features to choose from. Go Dance may not be very robust, but its simple controls and cheap price tag make it easy for any iOS device owner to get up and groove.
Human, a fitness tracker for iPhone and iPod touch, aims to help you lead a more productive and healthy life by letting you know how active you are throughout the day. Unlike other more robust trackers currently available, Human simply tracks your daily activity levels in minutes and not calories. All you need to worry about is staying active with your device in tow. Though its ease of use makes it great for those seeking an uncomplicated way to manage their fitness levels, Human’s sparse features and inaccurate sensors may make it more trouble than it’s worth.
The Zumba craze has spread to sports clubs, living rooms, and even video game consoles over the years, and its blend of dance and fitness moves makes exercising feel more like a party than a chore. Making its way to iPad for the first time, Zumba Dance gives you the same tried-and-true Zumba gaming experience, but lets you take it with you wherever you go. It may not offer a whole lot of songs to dance to without spending extra cash, but if you’re looking for a fun way to sweat away some calories, Zumba Dance is the way to go.
Finding ways to improve your health isn’t always easy, but an app that helps you monitor your fitness goals can be a real helping hand. Argus by Azumio is a free alternative to the more expensive and heftier apps on the market, and offers you plenty of ways to keep track of your daily activities, water intake, and even hours you sleep. Just don’t expect it to do anything more than that.
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.