Oh, iPhone! How I love thee! With you by my side, I am never alone. We play games, share old memories and create new ones. You gently remind me to keep at my to-do list and follow through on my goals each day. How did I manage to live so long without you?
Say what you will about overuse of technology. Tell me how annoyed you are by the person chatting away through the checkout line, oblivious to the eye rolls of those around her (hey! I will take grown-up conversations whenever I can get them, thank you very much). My love of my smartphone does not abate. We share so much, iPhone and me. She has aided me on my fitness journey every step of the way, from calorie counting to marathon training. No matter what sort of guidance I needed, I soon discovered that there was indeed an app for that. Here are my favorites.
1. mapmyrun – I have all of my running stats in one place. Awesome. Even more awesome? I can track each run in real time, and hear voice feedback informing me of my current pace and time (which makes my interval training tres easy). When I finish, I have instant access to my workout info, so I can see how speedy I’ve become since my last outing. I can then post my route and stats to Facebook and Twitter so everyone else knows how speedy I’ve become, because I know they’ve been waiting on pins and needles to find out. Well, they don’t have to wait! Here it is! Thank you, mapmyrun! Also, I can go online to find local routes to match my mileage for the day, set workout goals, and find other friends using the app so we can brag to each other about how badass we are.
2. RunCoachPro – I have a tailored walk/run marathon training program, complete with crosstraining days and pace runs. I have charts and graphs to track my increasingly incredible progress, which is kind of like my gold star (I think we should all still be receiving gold stars for jobs well done, but this will have to do). I can change my goals at any point and receive an entirely new schedule as well, which is applied right to my calendar for my convenience. Now I have reminders every day (as if I needed them, but still…it’s nice).
3. myfitnesspal – Although I am active enough now that I don’t feel quite so calorie-conscious, I still find myself curious about how much I’m actually burning during a given workout. I can plug in virtually any of my exercises and get a rough number of calories burned. It’s another gold star (they sure do rack up, don’t they?!?) and I like telling Hubby the unfathomable caloric burning heights I reach. I also find it useful when we’re on the road and forced to eat at a chain (*shudder*), as I can simply enter the name of any given spot and view a list of meals and their nutritional information, thereby making better choices. And again, friends can link up and monitor each other’s progress or lack thereof, leaving congratulatory comments or gentle reminders (“WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN???? YOU HAVEN’T LOGGED IN FOR THREE FREAKIN’ DAYS!!!) for each other. It’s all about a positive support system!
4. P90X – a Beachbody app at last! Like RunCoachPro, I give it my start date and it autoprograms my workout schedule for the remainder of the program. I can track Fit Test results, nutrition, before&after photos, and measurements to monitor my ever-amazing progress. (Really, it is amazing. I can do pushups without my knees touching the floor. Soon, I’ll add the clapping and one-armed versions, too. Stay tuned for increased bragging.) Now, I’m just waiting on a TurboFire app to really get my juices flowing.
The only app that could kick these down a notch would be my very own app – instant SweatItOut and event updates combined with results and stats and in-your-face catchphrases to get me motivated. I suppose Facebook will serve for now. *sigh*
No matter what your fitness goals may be, I can guarantee you they have an app for that. I mean, there still isn’t an app to remove excess calories from chocolate cake or make it stop tasting so delicious, but I’m certain someone, somewhere is working their little brain around that. Until then, total avoidance will have to suffice.