Best Paid Fitness Apps – iPhone & iPad

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We can't live without technology.  Now, getting fit just got easier with the wide variety of mobile apps for fitness, exercise, and nutrition to help us reach our goals.  Although there are a large number of FREE mobile apps for fitness and nutrition (for more information read the article, "Free Mobile Apps for Fitness - Too Good to be True?"), many of them are incomplete and leave users wanting more functionality.  If you are one of the many people who have been … [Read more...]

Social Media, Motivation and Exercise

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For the most part, people aren't motivated to exercise.  We'd much rather be doing something fun with friends, connecting with them on Facebook, Twitter or Google+, checking out the latest viral YouTube videos, or browsing neat images on Pinterest or Instagram.  If it was mandatory to exercise in order for you to access your social media accounts ... you would be incredibly fit in no time!  On a serious note, social media platforms provide powerful tools to … [Read more...]

Free Mobile Apps for Fitness – Too Good to be True?

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Looking for mobile apps for your iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry or Windows phone is really tough. According to Mobilewalla.com, an average of 15,000 new mobile apps are released each week.  In addition to that there is no "real" way to know whether each one is worth buying or not.  It's like buying a car online, only seeing a picture of the exterior, and never taking it for a test drive.  You have no choice but to buy it in order to find out.  Unfortunately, … [Read more...]

Workout Videos (and DVDs) for Dummies

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Exercise videos have been around since the 1980's.  Jane Fonda made "at home fitness" popular with her series of workout videos (22 titles released from 1982 to 1995) that got women of all ages and abilities clearing out the living room and moving in front of their television sets.  In fact, Jane has recently released "AM/PM Yoga for Beginners" in 2012, the newest addition to her active aging series.   Although Jane Fonda has been recognized as the first mainstream … [Read more...]

Making Exercise Fun – The Evolution of Exergaming (Part Two)

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"Making Exercise Fun - The Evolution of Exergaming (Part One)" highlights the first steps in the evolution of the video game industry that brought us to active video games like Nintendo Wii and Xbox Kinect.  Let's continue the journey from the 1990's to present day. Evolution of Exergaming - 1982 to 2010 (cont'd) 1998:  DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION (DDR) Dance Dance Revolution, first introduced in Japan in 1998 and then released in America a year later, was … [Read more...]

Making Exercise Fun – The Evolution of Exergaming (Part One)

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Playing video games is more than just a single game; it is a journey of discovery. Whether the game has a definite beginning and end or is played continuously over days, month or even years, the player can spend countless hours doing thumb push-ups while being planted firmly on the couch. Although video games have been "blamed" for many negative consequences in our society they do bring great value to the players playing them (fun, enjoyment, physical relaxation, … [Read more...]

Best Fitness Apps – Workout Trainer by Skimble

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Skimble (www.skimble.com) is a FREE online fitness application (with mobile fitness apps for iPhone, iPad and Android) that offers fun, dynamic and social applications geared towards getting people active.  The company motto is "inspiring active lifestyles" … and they've found a way of doing just that! Skimble Online The Skimble website is an online social networking hub where people from around the globe can sign in and create a FREE user profile.  This … [Read more...]

Measuring Weight Loss – Bioimpedance (BIA)

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Measuring one's weight on a scale may be misleading as a lower weight doesn't necessarily mean a healthier body.  Whether you're interested in weight loss, gaining muscle or both the number on the scale isn't a good indicator of progress.  For example a 140 pound woman with more lean body mass (i.e. muscle) will be smaller in size than a woman of the same weight with a greater proportion of body fat.  Muscle does not weigh more than body fat, it just takes up less … [Read more...]

Personal Training (and Getting Real Results) in the 21st Century – Diet and Nutrition

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Although certified personal trainers are very good at providing information, feedback, guidance and motivation for their clients, in an effort to help them get the physical results they are looking to achieve, the majority of them do not have the expertise, knowledge or training to provide good diet and nutrition advice. Good nutrition and a healthy diet are essential to looking good and feeling good.  Most people tend to forget about this very important part of … [Read more...]

Personal Training (and Getting Real Results) in the 21st Century – Making it Fun and Tracking Results

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Technology can help make personal training and the results you are looking to achieve more successful for the long term.  In the two previous segments we discussed the inherent failures of personal training alone and how fitness technologies can help make personal training more affordable and how it can keep you motivated to continue with your exercise programs. Let’s look at more benefits to having a technology “workout buddy”. Fun and Enjoyable Traditional … [Read more...]