Need support in getting / staying fit? These apps may help you…

Monitoring how much we exercise (from simply walking around to full fletch fitness program) how much water we drink and what we eat can help us in getting fitter or staying fit.
These apps are designed to help you with it:


Set your personal goals and keep track of your running-achievements. Listen to music whilst training. Get motivated by a community of runners.  Whether you’re walking, running whether your a beginner or a professional the RunKeeper app is a nice companion for al your running activities.

For iOS
For Android


Drinking water is essential for our wellbeing. Many of us however neglect it or have no clue of how much water intake we had.
This app will help you keeping track of our water consumption throughout the day. It allows you to set goals and will motivate you to reach them.

For iOS

7 Minute Workout Challenge 

Earlier we already posted about the scientific 7 minutes workout and showed a itunes movie and an infographic (see our blog-post). Now you can add also this app to it. No more excuses that we have no time to exercise. A 7 minute workout can always be squeezed in, even when your calendar is extremely busy.

For iOS
For Android

Full Fitness: Exercise Workout Trainer 

A very complete “Exercise Workout Trainer” with hundreds of different exercises explained with images and videos for the more complex ones.
Furthermore you can set your own goals, track your calorie intake with more than 90.000 food items, possibility to share your achievement with others  and much more.

For iOS


Knowing what your eating and keeping track of it can be an important part of your fitness program and can help in keeping or reducing weight. This app makes it very easy to keep track of your food intake. Simply enter the food by selecting from a vast library of different food items.
For iOS
For Android
For Windows

Yoga Studio 

Yoga may be an interesting addition to your fitness program.

Take your Yoga studio with you. This app offers you 65 Yoga Classes and shows the various poses. Select your level, duration and focus (strength, flexibility, relaxation, balance or combination) and find classes that match these selections.
For iOS

5k Runner 

Their claim: “Get in shape in 8 weeks with the official and often imitated 5K Runner® 0 to 5K program. This app has over 4.2 million success stories of people that got in shape and started living healthy, and you can do it too. Only 30 mins, 3 times a week, for 8 weeks and you will run 5K.”

For iOS

Zombies, Run! 

This app offer you an interesting push to keep running. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, it works at any speed. The app immerses you in an action packed game.
If you want to do some serious workout the app can force you to speed up to escape the hordes of zombies that are chasing you.

For iOS
For Android

Smoke Free 

Giving up on smoking can be very hard. This app may help you to quit. It tracks your achievements and give visual feedback on how your health might improve the money you save.

It might be just the incentive you need to achieve your goals?

For iOS
For Android

MyPlate Calorie Tracker 

Their claim: “Everything You Need to Loose Weight in One Place”: Calorie tracker, workout program, daily motivations and tips, personalized meal plans from an nutritionist, charts, goals, communication support,…

For iOS
For Android

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Ever heard of the SCIENTIFIC 7 MINUTE WORKOUT? Well check it out…

Ever since the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) published an article in it’s Health & Fitness Journal with the title “HIGH-INTENSITY CIRCUIT TRAINING USING BODY WEIGHT: Maximum Results With Minimal Investment” it is been popping up on the internet as the so called Scientific 7 Minute Workout.

Perhaps spending 7 minutes of your time on these exercises might be useful?

Here a video and an infographic that explain what the workout is about:


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Inspirational TED talks on Fitness, Health and Happiness


1. Christopher McDougall: Are We Born to Run?

Christopher McDougall explores the mysteries of the human desire to run. How did running help early humans survive — and what urges from our ancient ancestors spur us on today? McDougall tells the story of the marathoner with a heart of gold, the unlikely ultra-runner, and the hidden tribe in Mexico that runs to live.

2. David Blaine: How I Held My Breath for 17 Minutes

In this highly personal talk from TEDMED, magician and stuntman David Blaine describes what it took to hold his breath underwater for 17 minutes — a world record (only two minutes shorter than this entire talk!) — and what his often death-defying work means to him. Warning: do NOT try this at home.

3. Matt Cutts: Try Something New for 30 Days

 Is there something you’ve always meant to do, wanted to do, but just … haven’t? Matt Cutts suggests: Try it for 30 days. This short, lighthearted talk offers a neat way to think about setting and achieving goals.

4. Ben Saunders: Why Bother Leaving the House?

Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside! Not because it’s always pleasant and happy, but because that’s where the meat of life is, “the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days.” Saunders’ next outdoor excursion? To try to be the first in the world to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.

5. Derek Sivers: Keep Your Goals to Yourself

After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone, but Derek Sivers says it’s better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.

6. John Wooden: The Difference Between Winning and Success

With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father’s wisdom.

7. Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.


8. A.J. Jacobs: How Healthy Living Nearly Killed Me

For a full year, AJ Jacobs followed every piece of health advice he could — from applying sunscreen by the shot glass to wearing a bicycle helmet while shopping. Onstage at TEDMED, he shares the surprising things he learned.

9. Jamie Oliver: Teach Every Child About Food

Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, West Virginia — and a shocking image of the sugar we eat — TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.

10. Mary Roach: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Orgasm

“Bonk” author Mary Roach delves into obscure scientific research, some of it centuries old, to make 10 surprising claims about sexual climax, ranging from the bizarre to the hilarious. (This talk is aimed at adults. Viewer discretion advised.)

11. Graham Hill: Why I’m a Weekday Vegetarian

We all know the arguments that being vegetarian is better for the environment and for the animals — but in a carnivorous culture, it can be hard to make the change. Graham Hill has a powerful, pragmatic suggestion: Be a weekday veg.

12. Dan Buettner: How to Live to be 100+

To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world’s “Blue Zones,” communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. In his talk, he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that keep them spry past age 100.

13. Daniel Kraft: Medicine’s Future? There’s an App for That

Daniel Kraft offers a fast-paced look at the next few years of innovations in medicine, powered by new tools, tests and apps that bring diagnostic information right to the patient’s bedside. (Filmed at TEDxMaastricht.)

14. Dean Ornish: Healing Through Diet

Dean Ornish talks about simple, low-tech and low-cost ways to take advantage of the body’s natural desire to heal itself.


15. Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity. (Filmed at TEDxBloomington.)

16. Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

17. Meg Jay: Why 30 is Not the New 20

Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twentysomethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives.

18. Nigel Marsh: How to Make Work-Life Balance Work

Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

19. Dan Gilbert: The Surprising Science of Happiness

Dan Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness,” challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.

20. Matt Killingsworth: Want to be Happier? Stay in the Moment

When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the surprising results: We’re often happiest when we’re lost in the moment. And the flip side: The more our mind wanders, the less happy we can be. (Filmed at TEDxCambridge.)

21. Stefan Sagmeister: The Power of Time Off

Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the often overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time in Bali.

22. Paul Zak: Trust, Morality… and Oxytocin?

What drives our desire to behave morally? Neuroeconomist Paul Zak shows why he believes oxytocin (he calls it “the moral molecule”) is responsible for trust, empathy and other feelings that help build a stable society.

List put together by: Greatist

Text Source: TED

Need some support for your trainings: here some online fitness resources that might help you!

Fitness videos and nutritional guides. Their claimed success comes from the variety of exercises offered.

Here you can map your route / track your activity / log your food / share with friends

Their claim “social experience for active people”: here people can share their training experiences

Community based social fitness network with a large user base and many information on diet and health

Their claim “combining the latest software technology with sound information and services from the world’s leading health and fitness experts”

Another all-in-one fitness community: log your workouts / research exercises / calculate your BMI…

Some features: Map new running routes from cities all across the world and log your personal activities

Let you find and create routes near you

Source: Fit hacks

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