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Health and Fitness: There's an App For That!

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    Health and Fitness: There's an App For That!

    Your NBCChicago Fitness Club coaches share their favorite fitness Apps (Published Monday, Jan. 31, 2011)

    These days your smartphone can double as your workout buddy delivering calorie tracking, workout advice and personal training.  Here are a few great ideas for internet and smartphone applications to help you live healthier.

    App Ideas:

    Try Fooducate: It’s an iphone app that uses built-in barcode scanner to help you make healthier eating choices
    Price: Free Features:
    Automatically scan a product barcode
    See product highlights (both good & bad)
    Compare products
    Select better alternatives

    Created by dietitians and concerned parents
    Uses iphone's camera to effortlessly scan UPC barcodes 
    Over 160,000 unique products and growing daily
    Simplified information helps you make better choices
    Works on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

    Try Fitness Builder: It’s a smartphone app. that allows you to pick and chose exercises from a library of over 1,000 moves or chose pre-programmed routines.
    Price: $9.99 ( or your can chose specific workouts for less )
    650+ workouts
    5,600+ images & videos
    You can share and receive workouts
    You can track and graph your workouts
    Ask the trainer feature - questions answered for free
    Social media sharing too.

    Try Runkeeper:
    Free now thru end of January -otherwise $9.99
    runners can store all of their previous activities, see pretty charts/graphs about their progress, and get a feed of their friends activities to comment and offer words of encouragement.
    post activities to Facebook and twitter
    people can also watch them live on the web as they are doing their activities (such as during a race).

    SHAPE Little Black Dress:
    Price:  Free
    Offers diet and exercise plan for a body ready to wear that little black dress
    exercise slides and tips too

    Web Sites:
    Price: Free trial subscription
    Choose from timed workouts, skill level or specific remedies like back pain and runner’s yoga
    Download or use laptop to watch
    Price: Free with NAKEDFITNESS promo code thru March 1st
    offers diet trackers, workout trackers
    workout videos to download to phone
    on line chat and group support
    Price:  Free
    FitStudio is a free, online fitness community where like-minded people can interact and exchange relevant information about fitness, health and wellness. Through expert articles, step-by-step workouts and free, multi-week fitness programs, FitStudio is the resource both professionals and consumers can use to achieve their fitness goals.

    Andrea Metcalf is author of Naked Fitness (Vanguard Press), an NBC Chicago Fitness Club coach and a healthy lifestyle spokesperson.