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Lita’s Favourite Health and Fitness Apps
With technology advancing, it seems like everyone and their parents have a smartphone. But while we’re all aware of Angry Birds and Candy Crush, what about apps that can help you on a personal level? Have you ever used your smartphone to encourage a workout or learn a language? Well, you should! Here are some of my favourite apps to get you started towards a more useful smartphone.
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FitocracyAndroid (free) | Apple (free)
Fitocracy was my first fitness app, and I think it’s the absolute go-to app for anyone looking to get fit. Available on Android and iOS, as well as the expanded website, Fitocracy allows you to track your workouts (from “sitting on my butt” to “general yoga” to “barbell deadlift”) to earn points, level up, and earn trophies, all without tracking calories.
Fitocracy has also recently released a macro-tracking app, though it’s currently only available for iOS.
RunKeeperAndroid (free) | Apple (free)
RunKeeper is your one-stop run/walk/jog/hike/bike tracker. This app tracks everything. Walking the dog? Track it. Want to see how long your weekend hike really is? Track it.
RunKeeper also has a number of other perks: you can have it send you a workout reminder, it has training programs for losing weight or learning to run for beginners, and you can set yourself distance and time goals to push yourself.
Zombies, Run!Android ($3.99 with additional in-app) | Apple ($3.99 with additional in-app)
Zombies, Run! is the only reason I ever run. It’s part running trainer, part interactive zombie story, part podcast. Now in its third season, Zombies, Run! begins with you, later nicknamed Runner 5, being in a helicopter that is shot down by a mystery person with a rocket launcher.
In story mode, you act as Runner Five, learning about Abel Township’s residents, their enemies (live and undead alike), and the suspected history of the zombie invasion. In airdrop mode, you pick a spot on a map and the app creates a run there and back to your starting point. In supply mode, you’re on missions to find medical supplies, handheld games, and more. In race mode, you can train for a 5k, 10k, or 20k, all in the zombie-invested universe. In radio mode, you’re free-running, listening to the entertaining and educational radio of Abel Township.
Within Zombies, Run!, you’ll outrun zombie hordes, get sucked into the story, and enjoy running— maybe for the first time!
TribesportsAndroid (free) | Apple (free)
I’ve been a partner with Tribesports since they were just a basic little website, one where you could only track push-ups, sit-ups, and not much more. Since then, they’ve opened an online fitness clothing store (which has amazing products), expanded their website to include more workouts, have created a number of workouts and challenges, and have a training app!
The training app is pretty standard: you log in with your Tribesports account, hit the little + in the top corner, and from there you can turn on the GPS to track a run, walk, hike, bike ride, etc., or you can add exercises like deadlifts, yoga, and so, so much more! (I mean, you can track corde lisse. Good luck finding that [or tightrope walking, or snow shoeing, or airsoft] in another fitness tracker!)
They also have a variety of workouts on the app, giving you easy and free access to a number of workouts you can follow along with on your phone!
MediSafeAndroid (free) | Apple (free)
MediSafe is an awesome app for people that take a number of medications or supplements, or people who have a problem with remembering their medication.
MediSafe allows you to make a mini profile for everyone in your family or household, then create a medicine cabinet for your medication. In the cabinet, you input all of your medications, including size and shape, dosage, and notes on its use. You then schedule them for when you need to take them and can get reminders to make sure you take everything on time! You can even put in a “Medi Friend,” a person in your contacts that will be contacted if you do not take your meds on time.
SAM AppAndroid (free) | Apple (free)
Short for “self-help for anxiety management,” SAM is a great tool for people dealing with anxiety. SAM includes eight bubbles upon opening, including an anxiety tracker, a list to input situations that make you anxious, and tips for dealing with anxiety.
SAM is incredibly easy to use, and the tracker allows you to look back over the past days, weeks, or months and see when your anxiety peaks, including avoiding things, physical discomfort, and worrying thoughts.
Recovery RecordAndroid (free) | Apple (free)
Recovery Record is the best app for people recovering from an eating disorder. It allows users to set meal/snack goals, track meals (as well as disordered behaviours and feelings), and pair up with other users for support. Therapists and clinicians can also work with the app to keep an eye on their patients using the app.
Recovery Record also works hard to protect the medical privacy of users. The app is simply named “RR” on devices, you can make it require a password to be opened, and you can set meal reminders to be something like “Call Mom” or “dress fitting with Lauren at noon.” So if your friends don’t know about your recovery, this is a safe app to use!
Unf**k Your HabitatAndroid ($0.99) | Apple ($0.99)
Unf**k Your Habitat is the cleaning app you never knew you needed. Called “terrifying motivation for lazy people with messy homes,” UFYH (which also has a Tumblr!) is designed for people who don’t live in spotless magazine homes. You can create your own to-do lists (called your “To-Unfuck List”), get random motivation, and get random challenges to clean. If you need some extra help getting cleaning done, UFYH is a good way to keep yourself on track.
Note: though the iOS version is called “Unfilth Your Habitat,” the app uses the f-word frequently. Do not buy if bothered by profanity.
White Noise LiteAndroid (free) | Apple (free)
If you have trouble sleeping, White Noise Lite is a great, simple, free app to help you nod off. With soundtracks including Beach Waves Crashing, Crickets Chirping, and Oscillating Fan, this app can either play all night or be set on a timer to fade out after playing for, say, 30 minutes.
Having grown up in the country, the crickets track puts me to sleep very quickly. The app is also great for when you need to drown out the sound of a creaky house, a roommate on the phone, or the sounds of traffic.
Out Of MilkAndroid (free) | Apple (free)
Out Of Milk is a grocery shopping app, pure and simple. Use the Pantry List to keep track of what you have, like spices and other basics. Use the Shopping List to remember everything you need to buy, then check them off as you toss them in the cart. Plus, the app allows you to browse through sales on groceries currently going on at major retailers like Target and Costco!
DuolingoAndroid (free) | Apple (free)
Duolingo, both in website form and app form, has been winning awards since it was first created. And for good reason. Not only does it provide a free way to learn English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, and Portuguese, but it does so in a way that’s so easy to follow that I have a 9-year-old I know steal my phone to practice French every time I see her.
The Duolingo website is a great place to learn a language, with listening exercises, speaking exercises, matching, writing, etc. With the mobile app, you can keep up with your languages on the go. Practice Italian on the bus. Study Spanish while on your lunch break. With an encouraging mascot (that you can buy cute outfits for with points you earn through lessons!) and an easy interface, Duolingo makes it easy to learn a new language.
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Lita’s Favourite Health and Fitness Apps

With technology advancing, it seems like everyone and their parents have a smartphone. But while we’re all aware of Angry Birds and Candy Crush, what about apps that can help you on a personal level? Have you ever used your smartphone to encourage a workout or learn a language? Well, you should! Here are some of my favourite apps to get you started towards a more useful smartphone.

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runningmandz:

I’ve had this account for over 3 years. For 3 years I’ve counted every single calorie I put into my body. I’ve logged every single workout just to see how many more calories I needed to burn to be “satisfied.” I wasn’t allowed to go to sleep until I was sure I worked out enough and didn’t eat too much. I used this app to fuel my eating disorder. I told myself I was being “healthy” and that I was just “watching what I ate” when in reality I was becoming more and more obsessive. The numbers were running through my head all day. I would lay awake at night calculating what I would eat and how much I would workout the next day to ensure a caloric deficit. I let it take over my life. I stopped seeing nutrients and could only see numbers. To this day I know the calorie content of so many foods, most things people don’t even really think about. It’s ingrained into my mind. But I’m also starting to see food as fuel again. I don’t workout so I can eat. Now I eat so I can fuel and power through a workout. I eat to perform. I eat to live. I’m adding foods into my diet that used to leave me crying on the bathroom floor. I’m taking back the control I lost when I got sucked into my eating disorder. Recovery is a process. It’s hard, it’s trying, it’s scary. But it’s possible and it is worth it. #Recovery #eatingdisorder

runningmandz:

I’ve had this account for over 3 years. For 3 years I’ve counted every single calorie I put into my body. I’ve logged every single workout just to see how many more calories I needed to burn to be “satisfied.” I wasn’t allowed to go to sleep until I was sure I worked out enough and didn’t eat too much. I used this app to fuel my eating disorder. I told myself I was being “healthy” and that I was just “watching what I ate” when in reality I was becoming more and more obsessive. The numbers were running through my head all day. I would lay awake at night calculating what I would eat and how much I would workout the next day to ensure a caloric deficit. I let it take over my life. I stopped seeing nutrients and could only see numbers. To this day I know the calorie content of so many foods, most things people don’t even really think about. It’s ingrained into my mind. But I’m also starting to see food as fuel again. I don’t workout so I can eat. Now I eat so I can fuel and power through a workout. I eat to perform. I eat to live. I’m adding foods into my diet that used to leave me crying on the bathroom floor. I’m taking back the control I lost when I got sucked into my eating disorder. Recovery is a process. It’s hard, it’s trying, it’s scary. But it’s possible and it is worth it. #Recovery #eatingdisorder

thesongofgabrielle:

I am happier now allowing myself to have “junk food” free of guilt than I ever was forcing lettuce down my throat and struggling to eat under 1,200 calories a day while exhausting myself over exercising.

This is recovery.

“Do you consider yourself "recovered"? If so, why do you seem obsessed still with weight/food?”
-Anonymous

I consider myself “recovering.” And I’m not obsessed, save for bad anxiety/relapse moments. That said, I like food. I like cooking food. I like eating food. I like experimenting with food.

As far as weight, I wouldn’t consider myself to even really be worried about it. On bad self-esteem days, I panic about mine. On most days, weight doesn’t cross my mind.

Remember that Back On Pointe is not a weight loss blog. I am a supporter of making yourself happy and healthy, and neither of those things require weight loss. Take care of yourself, surround yourself with good friends, and spend time in the fresh air.

briellejoanna:

We all are. Though sometimes it doesn’t feel that way. We are warriors.

briellejoanna:

We all are. Though sometimes it doesn’t feel that way. We are warriors.

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