• App Reviews,  Health & Fitness

    App Review: Polar Beat (iOS)

    As you know, I started taking health and fitness more seriously a couple of years ago when I hired a personal trainer. I have always been conscious of health and tried to balance out my diet and avoid the nasty things that often find their way into the foods we eat. Working out once a week helps keep me on track but you need some help along the way. Part 5 – this post – was intended to be a review of 4 more apps. However, since I have now deleted one of these (Weightplan) as it introduced a slew of in-app paid upgrades to access the key features, its…

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    App Reviews,  Health & Fitness

    Health and Fitness Apps (iOS) Part 4

    Apps Reviewed: PR Fitness, Sleep Talk, Pocket CPR, Pedometer GPS+ I missed the last scheduled post – been so busy at the restaurant that I haven’t had time to write this instalment, but here it is. This is part 4 of a summary of the apps I use to help me workout and add fresh ideas to my workouts to keep it interesting. The order I am working through is based on the frequency I use the apps or the importance I attribute them. Each post covers 4 apps, so there will be 5 posts in total. Part 1 • Part 2 • Part 3 • Part 4 • Part…

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    Health and Fitness Apps (iOS) Part 3

    App reviews of Footsteps, TabataTrainer, Workout Hero, NHS Blood Getting fit has never been easy, and while this is mainly due to motivation and trying to adapt to introducing a massive change in your life (instead of small incremental steps), there are a plethora of tools and apps available today to help you on the road to fitness. I’ve used a few and have a kit-bag of apps on my iPhone to help keep me on track or provide a diversion to my usual program to break up the monotony. As you know, I started taking health and fitness more seriously a couple of years ago when I hired a…

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    Health and Fitness Apps (iOS) Part 2

    We review: Blood Type Diet, Heart Rate, Full Fitness, Sleep Cycle Getting fit has never been easy, and while this is mainly due to motivation and trying to adapt to introducing a massive change in your life (instead of small incremental steps), there are a plethora of tools and apps available today to help you on the road to fitness. I’ve used a few and have a kit-bag of apps on my iPhone to help keep me on track or provide a diversion to my usual program to break up the monotony. As you know, I started taking health and fitness more seriously a couple of years ago when I…

  • App Reviews,  Health & Fitness

    Health and Fitness Apps (iOS) Part 1

    Reviewing: 100 Pushups, Stronglifts 5×5, MyFitnessPal, YAYOG, Fitocracy Getting fit has never been easy, and while this is mainly due to motivation and trying to adapt to introducing a massive change in your life (instead of small incremental steps), there are a plethora of tools and apps available today to help you on the road to fitness. I’ve used a few and have a kit-bag of apps on my iPhone to help keep me on track or provide a diversion to my usual program to break up the monotony. As you know, I started taking health and fitness more seriously a couple of years ago when I hired a personal trainer.…

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    App Reviews,  Health & Fitness

    A Nike+ Kinect Training (Demo) Review

    I read a few reviews on this title over on LiveStrong by Beth Risdon, Susy Sedano, Marc Montemerlo – all personal trainers and so their feedback carries a lot of professional merits. I downloaded the demo onto my Xbox and finally managed to give it a try this week. As it was only the demo I could only do a sample workout, but it did also allow me to go through the fitness assessment which – for me – is a litmus test of how effective the system could be. Oh, and I’m a bit of a geek so an effective marriage of technology with real-world fitness training is something that I was…

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    Health & Fitness

    Unfitness: There and Back Again

    Since I posted My Fitness Journey & the Century Push Quest back in November last year, I have been out of action for much of December through various bugs and a couple of bouts of food poisoning. That’s also why there have been gaps in blog postings. Fortunately, these things are only short-lived in relative terms, and I am getting back to “normal” after a couple of weeks of a diet that consisted mostly of bananas, rice, potatoes and bread (aka the BRAT diet). Not exactly “fit fuel” but it kept me stable. It is true that carbs give you energy. But if you’re not active and you eat the…

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    Health & Fitness

    5-Hour Energy & Other Energy Drinks: How Safe Are They Really?

    All through college I had friends who swore that without the help of energy drinks, they would’ve failed out of school. These fairly normal, health-conscious buddies had no qualms at all about downing a can of Red Bull during a long night in the library, knocking back a shot of 5-Hour Energy before a big presentation, or even chugging a Monster or (gasp!) Four Loko in anticipation of a fun night out on the town. The recent uproar over energy drink-related deaths has raised questions about the presumed innocence of these beverages. Is swigging a chemical-laden elixir a necessary health evil, or is it truly dangerous? Be Alert — The…

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    Health & Fitness

    Uncovering the health secrets of tea

    Everyone knows that a cup of tea is good for you, but the exact reasons for this are not clear. To discover the fundamentals of tea’s health benefits, scientists in Germany have investigated the interactions of compounds from tea with cells on a molecular level. Both green and black tea contain around 30,000 polyphenolic compounds, some of which have been shown to have numerous health benefits, including reducing cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and inflammation. Despite their positive effects, which have been seen in epidemiological findings and clinical trials, their exact biochemical mechanism is still not clear. Polyphenols can act as antioxidants, and for a long time, this was thought to be…

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    Health & Fitness

    My Fitness Journey & the Century Push Quest

    Never thought I’d be here, or posting an article about health and fitness to be honest. I’ve always had a curiosity about what goes into the foods I eat, and have always been cautious about the hidden additives and artificial ingredients, and always tried to stay active and therefore “fit”. However, I didn’t really start travelling the “fit” road until about 2 years ago – September 2010 to be precise. Why is it important to work out? During the summer of 2010, I had been reading more about entrepreneurialism and what it means to run your own business. Much of this was not new to me as I had been…