Motivation is key when you dedicate yourself to a fitness routine. If you keep a journal or work out with a friend, you can hold yourself accountable and easily reach your goals. Take it one step further with some motivational tools you can take with you wherever you go. If you get a new cell phone with app capabilities, take advantage of the hundreds of fitness and health apps available. Here are some of the best ones we found for the new BlackBerry.
If you are a personal sports enthusiast, Runtastic is the app for you. With capabilities like mapping routes with built-in GPS, progress tracking, calories burned, unique social networking, heart rate integration and voice feedback, you will wonder how you ever worked out without it. Better yet, it’s available for free. This digital fitness partner is suitable whether you like to run, bike, skate, hike or ski.
The information age has enabled consumers to source information and expert opinions and become proactive agents of their own health. While this free Blackberry app is no substitute for a visit to your family physician, Pocket Doctor can put the power of health information at your fingertips. Features include a medical dictionary, symptoms analysis, body mass index (BMI) calculator, and even a sexual health feature, making it one of the most well-rounded healthcare apps available.
Calorie Counter by Fat Secret
Find nutritional information on all the food you eat, while tracking meals, exercise and weight with this free app by Fat Secret. It includes all you need to start eating healthier, including nutrition information, food diary for planning and tracking meals, activity diary to track calories burned, a weight chart and a journal for recording your fitness progress. You can even sync and access your account online for convenient tracking of your progress wherever you are.
You will be hard-pressed to find a more comprehensive health info app than this built-for-Blackberry app. It Features include thousands of health-related articles, healthcare term information and A-Z conditions database of symptoms and possible diagnoses. That alone would set apart this free app, but Health Companion goes a few steps further, allowing you to look up local healthcare providers, including general practitioners, emergency care, hospital, dentist or pharmacist, along with complete contact information, hours, size of practice and map location. You can even filter your result for specifications like weekend hours.
Sporting the largest food database of any Blackberry calorie counter app, MyFitnessPal is a free and easy-to-use app designed to help you shed those extra pounds. Recipient of PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Selection and Wired magazine‘s Editor’s Pick for Lifestyle app, MyFitnessPal has also been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and other news and lifestyle media. In addition to its large food database, the app allows for quick and easy-to-use food and exercise entries. You can even customize your food and exercise plans, generate progress reports, customize goals and more.