The Whole World in My Hand

Trying to lead a healthy lifestyle can, at times, be somewhat overwhelming.  In the technologically advanced world in which we live, there are a myriad of phone apps and other options for making this daunting task a bit less so.  Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Runkeeper: This app is excellent for tracking a variety of physical activities including: running, cycling, hiking, skiing, skating, rowing, elliptical and more.  Runkeeper keeps track of the number of calories burned, GPS maps and pace.  Are you motivated to achieve goals?  This is the app for the goal oriented as well, allowing you to set a goal and informing you of when a goal has been reached.  Connect with friends to keep one another motivated as well.
  • Nike+: Like Runkeeper, this app is great for keeping track of your running.  Achievements, such as fastest mile, fastest 5k, 10k or longest run are celebrated when you log in.  Personally, I get a certain satisfaction when I beat my fastest times and go a bit further than I did last time.  Want to compare yourself to others?  When you log in, Nike+ allows you to see how your mileage and pace compare to other runners in the Nike community.
  • MyFitnessPal: Physical activity is only one part of the wellness equation.  In order to maintain or lose weight, nutrition is critical.  Countless studies and anecdotal evidence show that those who are successful at weight loss keep a weight diary.  MyFitnessPal is the tech savvy person’s food diary.  Using your age and activity level, the app sets a calorie goal for you and allows you track your food consumption and energy expenditure.  The food database is quite extensive; it even includes items from specific restaurants.
  • Nike Training Club: Who needs a trainer when you have NTC?  Choose from options such as get lean, get toned, get strong or get focused.  In addition to exercise demonstrations, you can see the total calorie burn and progress made towards goals.
  • FitRadio: If you’re like me, great music can help you push through a tough workout.  However, sometimes I get bored with the same old playlists.  FitRadio is the cure for the worn out playlist; you can choose from music genre or artist.  It even let’s you know the beats per minute, so you can choose either slower or faster cadence.
  • Pinterest: You may be wondering why Pinterest is included on a list of fitness apps.  Like Kanye said, I’m gonna let you finish, but hear me out.  As I’ve written before, I love Pinterest!  When I am in need of recipe inspiration, I turn to Pinterest for a healthy spin on something old or for a new idea.  Looking for a new workout idea?  You can find it on Pinterest as well.




Posted on April 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm

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Erin Lumpkins

Erin Lumpkins is a true Blue Michigan Wolverine! She has been a health and physical education specialist for the past 10 years. Erin graduated from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor with degrees in athletic medicine, physical education and health education. Currently, she is working to complete a master’s in public health with a concentration in global and community health. As part of the program, she studied at University of Oxford and conducted research on obesity. She is an avid health and fitness enthusiast. She has completed 3 marathons and is addicted to Zumba and belly dancing! She looks forward to sharing her experiences and your stories, so ladies can make this fitness journey together. Follow her on twitter @1908erin.
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