Statistically speaking, most of us could stand to lose a little weight and exercise a little more. As it turns out, you can use your Mac as a tool to help you get a little healthier.
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Two of the biggest challenges for those engaging in weight training is knowing what exercises are best for targeting specific muscles and how to perform those exercises correctly. iMuscle is a great tool for guiding you through learning about muscles and how to strengthen them.
iMuscle presents you with four views of the body’s anatomy. You choose a view from the pane on the left side or use your mouse or trackpad to rotate the view, so you can see all of the different muscle groups and double click to zoom into an area.
From there, you can choose an area of the muscle, denoted by a blue pushpin, and get a list of exercises that target that specific muscle.
There are videos of how to correctly perform exercises as well as written instructions. Exercise can be added to your workout plan. The app supports multiple users and different plans, so you can set up a program that covers different body parts for different days, and you can track strength and endurance.
A great app for both beginners and experienced lifters.
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Runners, like many exercisers, are sticklers for recording data about every run. Run Journal is a simple-to-use application that makes the task of data entry easy, though we did find it a little limited.
Run Journal allows you to define several different running programs. For example, if you’re preparing for a longer race like a marathon, it’s likely that your weekly program will include a long, slow run, interval training, some speed work and an easy day. With Run Journal you can define each of those and then choose the appropriate one when you enter your data.
If your needs are quite basic then Run Journal will suffice, but advanced users will be looking for a few extras. For example, there’s no way to enter your average heart rate – most experienced runners preparing for an event will use a heart rate monitor.
Also, with so many online programs for runners keen on tracking their progress, there’s no way to integrate with those. On the other hand, the ability to export running data for more detailed analysis in Numbers or Excel is very useful.
Run Journal is a solid, albeit basic, application for runners looking to record and track their progress.
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There’s a simple maxim to managing your weight – if the amount of fuel you put into your body exceeds the amount you use, you’ll put on weight. The trouble is, sometimes it’s not that easy to know how many calories you’re putting in. That’s where DietController comes in to play.
When you first start DietController it collects some data about you – such as age and height – and it estimates a metabolic rate based on the amount of exercise you do. You then set your weight-loss goals and a date or your target weight, and it calculates how many calories you need to consume.
The hardest part of using DietController is that you need to enter all of the foods you eat. That means quite a bit of data entry initially. Most of the foods we regularly eat were in the list, although the names were a little hard to find. For foods not in the list, the carbohydrate, fat, protein and other content were inputted, so that DietController could track our intake.
by Anthony Caruana, Macworld Australia