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.
App icons are links to the Apple Store.
Before you start any exercise program or make any changes in your lifestyle and diet you must get your doctor or physician’s approval. This post is for informational purposes only and is not meant as professional advice, nor is it a substitute for professional advice. Many of these apps are designed for fit and healthy individuals only (I have marked these “pro”).
Performing exercise of all types can pose a risk to the exerciser. I advise that you should take full responsibility for your own health and safety. Before exercising make certain your equipment is in good condition and be sure to know your own physical limits. Adequate warm up and cool downs should be undertaken before and after any exercise.
Do not perform any of the exercises in these apps until you have been shown proper technique by a qualified fitness professional. If you experience any pain, discomfort, dizziness or you become short of breath, stop exercising immediately and consult your doctor/physician.
PR Fitness (pro)
This app generates Crossfit style workouts based on your fitness level and there are videos to show you what each movement looks like if you are not sure how to perform them. It’s a useful app to add in some extra sets if you want to mix it up a bit.
Not really a fitness app, but a bit of fun that records any noises you (or your partner) may make in the night. Some of the recordings can be pretty humdrum, but you might just catch an interesting snippet of sleep-talk. The app only records noise when it’s made so you don’t have hours of silence to listen to. Best plug in the iPhone as it will drain your battery while it’s listening to your sweet dreams.
The free app explains how to carry out Hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on someone in cardiac arrest using hard and fast chest compressions. The app also allows you to practice by making use of accelerometer hardware built into most smartphones. It means your mobile can measure the rate and depth of practice compressions, telling you if they need to do the compressions faster or slower; or whether they should push harder or softer. Could be a life-saver, so useful to have.
[No Longer Available in App Store]
Pedometer (Free) GPS+
A useful and feature-packed little app that measures your walks and runs, and plots them on a map. Packed with features and pretty accurate and can measure your performance over time. The app is described as measuring Running, Walking, Cycling, Nordic walking, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Roller-skating, Skiing, Ice skating, and Skateboarding, though I have only ever played around with the walking option. It can also measure heart rate with a compatible external heart rate monitor and an upgrade to the paid version of the app. This goes one further than the previous Footsteps app I have and is great for the outdoor runner/hiker.
[No Longer Available in App Store]