fitting in fitness

February 1, 2012 · 12 comments

in ramblings, workouts

hey everyone! first of all, thanks for all of your encouraging words about my juice cleanse! i know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but i appreciate your acceptance and will definitely keep you up to date on how it’s going and when/why i decide to stop.

i just got done with a quick & sweaty at-home workout & it reminded me of a topic i’ve been wanting to write about for a while!

1.1 fitting in fitness

first of all, today’s workout was just a quick one at home since i’ve got a lot of stuff to check off my list today – but i made fitting in a short workout a priority, too.

i popped in jillian michael’s 30 day shred dvd and did level 1 and half of level 2. it definitely did the trick of getting my heart rate up, and even though i only used 5 lb weights, i can already tell i’m going to be feeling all of those reps tomorrow.

tomorrow i have a short run on my schedule and a busy day, so i’m going to attempt to get my butt out of bed early & workout before my 8am dentist appointment.

there, i wrote it on this post & am going to post it on twitter, so now i have to do it.

letting other people know my workout plans is just one little thing i use to keep myself motivated and accountable. i’ve found quite a few apps on my phone that really keep me motivated on my health & wellness journey by tracking various things.

my top 5 health and wellness apps for android*

in no particular order.

1. runkeeper (free)

RunKeeper PRO

i’m a baby about running outside when it’s cold out, but i love this app for tracking my runs (and walks with the puppies). it talks to the gps in my phone to map my run and track mileage and pace. there are “workouts” you can select with coaching/notifications that tell you when to do different things and let you know how far/much time/fast you’re going.

it is also compatible with a special polar wearlink transmitter + bluetooth heart rate monitor, which i think is really cool. i don’t have the monitor, but i’m intrigued by it, especially since the battery in my old heart rate monitor just died.

2. sleepbot (free)

SleepBot

getting enough sleep is so important to overall health and wellness. i know for me it majorly impacts my mental capacity when i don’t get enough sleep. the app logs and graphs all of your sleep patterns and will integrate with your alarm clocks. it’s very helpful. plus, this might be totally dorky of me, but i think looking at sleep patterns is really fun!

3. tweetdeck for twitter (free)

TweetDeck

this might sound kind of funny to be listed as a health and wellness app, but i get so much  motivation and accountability from my twitter community and tweetdeck is my favorite droid app for keeping up with my twitter feed. as i mentioned before, i tweeted my plans to work out tomorrow before work and i know people will keep me accountable on there by asking if i ran/how it went.

also, just search for the #fitfluential hashtag and you’ll be blown away with so many motivated and encouraging people. i love it.

psssst. follow me on twitter!

4. calorie counter pro (aka my net diary) $3.99

MyNetDiary

i had this app on my iphone and got really comfortable with it, so i bought the droid version. (i think the iphone version was $.99 or $1.99 so the droid one is more expensive…bummer).

i really like this app because it lets you track a whole bunch of stuff including meals, exercise, weight, water intake, vitamin intake, measurements, etc. everything. i don’t track everything every day, but when i’m getting off track, i find this to be an awesome tool to track everything in one place.

i will definitely use this for a bit when i go off of my juice cleanse to make sure i keep my eating in check and don’t try to eat like my husband – because i know i could definitely out-eat him if i tried. but i don’t want to do that!

5. water your body (free)

WaterYourBody

i know i just said that my net diary tracks water intake, but i don’t use that app all the time. plus, the water tracker isn’t really customizable. it’s still helpful because it’s all in one place, but i drink a lot of water every day and this app is more convenient for me to track it.

see all of the containers of liquids on the shelves? you can customize them to your normal bottles/glasses. for example, i modified the water bottle to be 40 oz, which is what my klean kanteen holds. so, every time i empty that bottle, i push the button & it knows that i had 40 oz. i also track my tea on here, so i have icons for my two different sizes of tea cups. i had a little trouble figuring out how to customize the containers, but once i figured it out, i am good to go!

*i recently switched to a droid from an iphone, and i am happy to say that i really found compatable apps on the droid for almost everything i used most on the iphone. maybe i’ll tell you about more of those comparable apps in another post if you’re interested.

i use a lot of other apps, but these are my 5 health & wellness favorites that i use often.

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p.s. don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win one of 3 $50 spa week gift cards! right now there are only 22 entries for 3 gift cards – those are great odds!!

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what are your favorite apps for droid or iphone?

please don’t say instagram – that is the one app that i really really miss on my droid. i loved following all of my favorite bloggers on there. i did find one app that’s similar, but i don’t really know many others who use it – it’s called lightbox. if you use it, find me on there so i can follow your feeds! my username is sarahlearns

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Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf February 1, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Nice routine for you!! I love Jillian Michaels. I swear by her 30 Day Shred! I use MyFitnessPal on iPhone. When I had an Android phone, I used Calorie Counter! They’re pretty similar, so I’m happy with MyFitnessPal. It records how much water I’m drinking, and what kinds of workouts I’m doing and then tracks it all after I log my day. Then it’ll say what my weight could be in X weeks! It’s pretty neat :D
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Sarah February 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm

yes! the mynetdiary app does a projection of your weight loss if you stick to your calorie/exercise goals too. i like that.

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Maria February 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Before I got pregnant, I really liked myfitnesspal for counting calories. Any food imaginable was in that database. Now, I really like sculpt my pregnancy because it lets me know what exercises I can do based on what month I’m in.
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Brigid February 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm

That Water Your Body app looks very cool! I haven’t really gotten into the fitness apps. I just use Daily Mile.

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List February 1, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I don’t have a Droid, but an iTouch! Love the idea of a water app! I didn’t read about the juice fast yet. Will go back.
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Kelly February 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I wish that SleepBot app was on iPhone!! :(

The good news is that Water Your Body is!!! I love that you can put exactly what bottles you have, it makes it much easier to track!
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Sarah February 11, 2012 at 12:21 pm

someone commented about another sleep cycle app that is on their iphone that sounds like it has even more functions than the sleepbot one that i use…! it’s called sleep cycle, but i don’t know if it’s free or not.

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean February 1, 2012 at 9:32 pm

good work with the shred!! i’m gonna check out that sleep app :)
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Chelsea February 2, 2012 at 5:42 am

I wish I had a smart phone!!!!! Shred is a good workout.
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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 2, 2012 at 8:19 am

That water app is so cool!

I use an app for the iPhone called Sleep Cycle that seems similar to Sleep Bot. It tracks sleep cycles and wakes you in the morning when you’re in a light sleep stage. It’s done wonders for my being able to wake up on time.
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Sarah February 11, 2012 at 12:20 pm

ohhh, that app sounds great! this one doesn’t wake you according to sleep cycle, which is kind of a bummer…

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