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Whether you're pumping iron or pounding the
pavement, there's often more than just music
pumping in your ears, Cpl Nick Wiseman reports.
HOW many people do you see run-
ning around with mobile devices
attached to their arms these days?
Chances are there's also a set
of headphones attached keeping the run-
ner focused with upbeat music or maybe
something a little relaxing to just let those
kilometres slip by.
More than ever, it seems that mobile
devices are not only being used for music
but also to keep complex records, statistics
and even plot running maps from the unit's
What we're seeing now is the ability to
merge many traditional record-keeping prac-
tices and entertainment functions into one
compact multifunctional device.
The beauty of this one mobile device for
workouts is the huge range of apps available
depending on what you want to do.
Want to keep a food diary and see what
you're eating? No worries.
Want to maintain a record of all those
reps quickly and easily? No problems.
Want to map your running and save your
town from an impending zombie attack?
The range of apps available is amazing
and some like Zombies, Run! ($8.99 RRP)
include a game where the only way to pro-
ceed is to collect crucial items by getting out
and physically running.
Another popular app is RunKeeper
(free), which uses your phone's GPS to
track you walking, running or cycling and
maps your progress including time, dis-
tance, pace and energy used.
Apps like this record the data and store
it online as well as on your device to keep
track of your progress and allow you to
share your progress with others if you wish.
MyFitnessPal (free) is another popular
app designed to keep track of what you eat
and your calorie intake. It even allows you
to scan barcodes to automatically locate
A lot of these applications include social
networking options which can often be a
great way of getting encouragement from
friends and family by commenting on posts
from these apps with milestones and results
you have achieved.
Whether you are a tech-head or not, hav-
ing all these abilities at your grasp on your
mobile device can allow you to concentrate
more on your fitness routines and carry less
And, as a bonus, they can also play your
music, while some even feature a phone
All apps mentioned are available for both the
Android and Apple operating systems.
Wired for apps
Apply yourself: The range of fitness applications available to those with Android or Apple operating
systems is increasing.
Photo by LAC Bill Solomou
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