An Introduction To Health And Fitness Apps On The Apple iPhone 4S

In an age when health and fitness are becoming a priority for more and more people, Apple has a category in its famous AppStore for such applications. These make it easy for people to learn and track exercises and keep track of their diet etc.In this article I will take a look at a couple of the popular health and fitness apps which are currently on among the top free apps within the category.RunKeeper
This handy application is available for free on the AppStore, with a paid version also available offering a number of extra features. The free version has received millions of downloads from people who want to track the progress of their running or cycling. The app uses several aspects of the hardware found on the iPhone 4S for users to achieve this. The app itself is activated when you set out for a run or a bike ride and it will display realtime information such as your current and average speeds, calories burned etc. When you have finished your exercise, it will display several similar statistics, and thanks to the GPS capabilities of the iPhone 4S, it will display your route on a map. You can then upload your statistics onto RunKeeper’s site for future reference, or instantly share it via Facebook or Twitter. Next time you go for a run, it will compare your performance to your previous efforts so you can visually track your process thanks to charts and statistics.Body Fitness
This app allows you to learn and carry out hundreds of different exercises, so suits those you are into cardio, weight training or both. You can take your phone into the gym and it will teach you how to use weights and equipment safely using the correct technique. Illustrations show you step by step how exercises should be performed, and you can then input data such as how many sets and reps you performed, and how much weight you used. It will then give you a new target for your next workout which is scheduled in an integrated calendar.There are of course thousands of other health and fitness applications. The subject matter of these ranges from exercise tuition and tracking, diet advice, calorie counters and weight management apps. Apps like these highlight the versatility of the iPhone 4S, and as mentioned, the apps discussed in this article have free versions which can be downloaded straight to the phone.If your new year’s resolution is to get into shape or improve your health, the iPhone 4S makes a handy companion during your efforts. The iPhone 4S is now available on several major UK networks, with a number of these currently offering the handset for free on selected tariffs.

Health and Fitness Tips- 25 ways to get fitter and feel better

1. Lift weights twice a week to increase your muscle mass. This muscle will burn more calories even when you are not exercising. Go to the gym, buy some weights for home, go for a walk with a bottle of water in your ruck sack or go to a weighted workout.2. Take care of your heart and lungs by staying active for at least 30 minutes each day. This can be split into more than one session, so could mean 2 x 15 minute walks.3. Eat small amounts of GOOD fats: avocado, oily fish, olive/flax oil, nuts and seeds, these will take care of your cardiovascular system (heart, arteries and veins). Eat less BAD fats: Fried food, meat, cakes, chocolate, crisps, biscuits, butter, these will harm your cardiovascular system, and make you fat. Remove ALL hydrogenated fats from your diet, they are very bad for you and hide in many ready made biscuits, cakes, crisps, puddings, sweets, chocolates. These fats are extremely harmful to your health. Avoiding them will help you avoid foods which are high in fat, sugar and salt and low in nutrients. Check labels.4. Protein will make you feel full, and will help repair muscle after exercise. Try sourcing protein from skinless chicken, tofu, pulses (beans and peas) and oily fish such as salmon, fresh tuna and mackerel; these also contain other beneficial ingredients and are low in bad saturated fats.5. Make sure you eat your carbohydrates, they help you to exercise and burn fat, but eat SLOW BURN carbohydrates such as oats (porridge), brown bread instead of white, brown rice, honey instead of sugar, brown pasta, lentils, vegetables, pulses. If you want to loose body fat, then replace half your carbohydrates with steamed vegetables, at your evening meal.6. Drink more water, often the body sends the same signal for thirst as for hunger. Drink water first thing in the morning and all through the day, especially during and after exercising. Cut down on tea and coffee, avoid fizzy drinks.7. Eat a piece of fruit and drink water instead of drinking fruit juice which is high in calories, and difficult to digest.8. Watch out for sports drinks. Unless you are training very hard, a bottle of sports drink may replace all of the calories you have just burned in your activity. Bring a bottle of water instead.9. Keep an eye on your drinking! Alcohol and mixers are high in calories.10. Do not get hungry; this will lead to you eating the wrong things. Carry healthy snacks wherever you go; bananas, apples, rice cakes, dried fruit and nuts (go easy on them though). Hunger can be triggered by boredom or lack of stimulation. Go for a walk or wander round the garden, or do the vacuuming. Eat 5 small meals a day rather than 3 big ones.11. Look at your portion sizes; in general they are larger than they need to be. If a smaller portion will leave you feeling hungry, add a huge spoon of steamed broccoli, cauliflower or other vegetables.12. Eat your breakfast. In tests people who eat breakfast loose more weight than those who do not. You cannot exercise efficiently and achieve your potential without eating properly.13. Do not go shopping when you are hungry. When you go, write a list and stick to it, don’t be tempted by special offers on foods that you know are bad for you.14. Look at the ingredients on everything that you buy. Look at the total amount of fat and what kind of fat- avoid saturated fats and hydrogenated fats as they are linked with developing heart disease. Look at the amount of calories and the amount of salt that you will be eating.In general the more ingredients on a label, the less goodness is in the food. If you have time to prepare some meals with fresh ingredients you will improve your health, and probably cut down on fat, as most prepared food is high in fats and salt.15. Beware of reduced fat labels- it only means that there is less fat than in the original thing. (For example reduced fat mayonnaise is still 50g fat per 100g- very high in fat). These foods are still often high in sugars, fat and calories and you may eat more of them because they appear to be healthy. Don’t buy reduced fat biscuits and cakes, just eat something healthier and get used to the fact that life is OK without those things.16. Don’t fill the house with crisps, biscuits and sweets for the kids, it is no good for them and will encourage you to snack on them too. Try and move the whole family into healthier eating, this will help prevent obesity, heart disease and diabetes in your kids when they are your age, gift them with a long, quality life.17. Stock up on healthy foods. Write a list of delicious healthy things that you may have forgotten you love, and make sure your cupboards are full of them; cherry tomatoes, baked beans on wholemeal bread, kiwis, mangoes, ryvita and marmite……18. Make your lunch and take it to work. Buy whole grain rolls and tins of salmon and tuna- it only takes a few minutes to make a sandwich and pick up some fruit. Even a shop sandwich will be full of fat, and low in nutrients. Hold the mayo on the tuna!19. Watch less TV: it will give you less chance to nibble, more time to exercise or organise yourself for the next day. Organization may be the key to making your lifestyle healthier.20. Motivate yourself to change your lifestyle and that of your family. Set an example to the kids, that mum and dad are fit and active and healthy. Take them on walks, cycling, walk to the shops, and go swimming. Take them to a local fitness centre for football, dance or basketball. Our children need our help if they are to avoid the growing epidemic of obesity, heart disease and diabetes, as well as other lifestyle-related illness. Change their eating habits; you will only do them good. LEAD BY EXAMPLE.21. Buy yourself an exercise video to do at home instead of watching TV. Choose yoga or Pilates, aerobics or stability ball. There is a huge range on offer, talk to me for help. Buy yourself a healthy lifestyle magazine for motivation, recipes and exercises to do at home. Four good ones are Zest, Men’s Health, Ultra Fit, and Health and Fitness. Buy yourself a healthy eating or low fat cookbook for ideas.22. Remember to have some treats and some fun, life is for living, being healthy should be enjoyable too, not a chore.23. Slow down, stop rushing around, become more organised and make time to enjoy cooking, exercising and life in general.24. Take some time to relax and unwind. You need to lower stress levels to stay healthy, exercise, Yoga and Pilates can help you do this, and so can a warm bath by candlelight.25. Make exercise and healthy eating a normal and enjoyable part of every day of your life. You will live longer, protect your children’s health and be a happier, healthier person.I hope that this gives you some motivation to change your life in small ways and reap large benefits. Until next time,
Vikki.Do you have any friends and family who could benefit from getting fitter and feeling better? If you do, then treat them to free copy of this newsletter, forward it to them, and get them to e-mail me with a request. E-mail [email protected] subject: newsletter request.

Health And Fitness And Nutrition – Their Benefits

To be able to be healthy, nutrition and fitness are key factors. You need to be very aware of what you eat and how you stay fit. Health and Fitness and Nutrition have always been very important aspects but have not been given the credit that they deserve.Lately with all the obesity and the decline in health, many people have again started paying attention to Health and Fitness and Nutrition. How do you manage all the three in a perfect balance? Is it so difficult to maintain a complete balance among three of them? Well the truth is that if your heart is set on creating a perfect balance and you are able to give it some time and efforts, the procedure is not as difficult as it sounds.Here we will give you small steps that you can include in your daily life which will nevertheless bring lots of change and make you feel more active and healthy and fit.Eating breakfast is one of the most important aspects of one’s day. This sets the foundation of the day and gives one the energy of going through the day smoothly. It is true when someone tells you to eat breakfast like a king. It has to be the heaviest meal of the day. It has to be wholesome and nutritious too.
You must try and eat about 3 major meals in a day and in between you must fill the gaps with snacks twice a day. Eating small portions is the key. This starts working up the metabolism of the body and helps in keeping the body fit. Always remember that if you are trying to work out, you must not do it after you eat. You must always work out and then only eat. The best time to work out is before breakfast.
A nutritious life does not mean that you need to spend on hi five products all you have to do is that when you buy groceries buy more groceries that will cut out the cholesterol that is bad for your body. You need to buy more fish oils which are excellent at nutrition.
Exercise has to be a very important part of your life if you are trying to incorporate all the three Health and Fitness and Nutrition into your life. You cannot expect that only a good diet ill take care of everything. Your body needs to be given the exercise it needs to make it healthy enough.
Finally you need to drink a lot of water. Drinking water definitely helps to ensure that our body is functioning in the right way. It fights off germs and builds resistance. When you exercise you will lose a lot of body fluids, you will need to replace it by taking in a lot of water.Health and Fitness and Nutrition should not be taken lightly and just be given their due at the right time or else there will be a lot of health problems.