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lifestyle

One aspect of fitness is dealing with the weather in a healthy and safe way. The Windows Phone app WeatherCare hopes to help you combat the elements in a healthy, safe manner by providing weather tips based on your current conditions.

Tips range from health related to clothing tips to driving tips. On rainy days you may get a tip to watch for slippery spots on the road or on sunny days with a high UV Index, tips to wear sunscreen for protection.

WeatherCare has potential and I like the concept, but the app still needs a little fine tuning.

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Official Brit + Co. app arrives for Windows Phone

For those who are new to the concept of Brit + Co., it's a website geared towards helping us online folk find savvy shortcuts for our digital lives or even to assist us when in the real world. It’s a fun lively and colourful website which seems to lend itself perfectly to a Windows Phone app.

The site covers everything from tech to cooking and has a heavy slant towards the craft side of things. The team lead by Brit has set up shop to teach us some innovative ideas for simple, beautiful and creative living. Read on to find out more.

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It's Fitness Month here at WPCentral and Mobile Nations, as you all already know, so we thought we'd take a look at some health-related apps for your Windows Phone that can be used to keep on top of those pesky New Year resolutions you may have made for 2012. I've personally been using runtastic for Windows Phone, a fitness tracking app / service that's also available for Blackberry, iOS and Android. So, just how can this app help keep owners fit?

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The 360 Fashion Network has released an app for Windows Phone (also available for iOS and Android), which enables lifestyle and fashion followers to keep up-to-date with the latest news and gossip within the fashion industry. Using the Mippin App Factory, 360 Fashion is a simple reader that sports some interesting features:

  • Pulls down articles from multiple sources.
  • Ability to save articles for offline reading.
  • Share articles to contacts via social networks, SMS, email, etc.
  • Pin articles to the home screen.

You can download 360 Fashion from the Marketplace for free. 

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Livescape - Mango App Spotlight

With New Year's fast approaching we're sure there will be plenty of resolutions on weight loss and living healthier. New Year's resolution or not, there's a feature rich app over at the Windows Phone Marketplace designed to help track your pursuit of a healthier lifestyle. Livescape, previously known as Life Tracker, is an activity and nutrition journal for your Windows Phone.

Livescape features GPS tracking that will help track and log activities such as walking or hiking. Additional features of Livescape include:

  • Keep a log of your daily activities.
  • Consumption tracking to monitor what you eat/drink.
  • Calculate the number of calories burned during exercise.
  • Track your weight, calorie intake.
  • Calculate Body Fat, Lean Mass, and Fat Mass based on waist, hip and neck measurements.
  • BMI and BMR Calculation. Track ailments such as allergies, headaches, fevers, flu, etc.
  • Fertility calculator.
  • Monitor your Nutrition Facts from day to day.
  • Import Nutrition Facts using your phone's camera with the help of OCR.
  • Review your trends using any of the built in graphing features, synchronize with Microsoft® HealthVault®.

Livescape is a mango app so you'll have Live Tile and Notification support. The app also supports multiple profiles so more than one person can track their health habits and activities.  The application is well laid out and through out the app there are on screen tips that appear to help you get familiar with features. If you're looking for a way to track your activities, monitor your diet and keep tabs on your general health, Livescape is worth looking into.

There is a 14-day trial version available for Livescape and the full version is currently running at the discounted price of $2.99. The discounted price will run through the end of the week and the price will return to it's regular $4.99 mark. You can find Livescape here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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Weight Watchers app redesigned and "must-have"

Maintaining one's diet, er...lifestyle change, can be pretty tricky when you're on the go.  However, the newly-designed Weight Watchers official app, PointsPlus Calculator, makes it easier.  Whether you're out to dinner or picking up groceries for the week, all you need to do is enter the nutritional information into the calculator to find out how many points-per-serving an item will be.  The app will also let you log activity to see how many points you have burned by exercising.  The interface is simple and sleek.  PointsPlus is free to download, but is only available for Weight Watchers Online and eTools subscribers.  Due to the nature of the subscriptions, users are required to log into the app on a monthly basis.

Weight Watchers is just one of a plethora of companies to release "official" apps for for WP7 in recent weeks.  Microsoft likes this one so much that they listed it as one of their "must-have" apps in their Best of Marketplace.  Click on the Via link below to see the others that made the list.

Download the PointsPlus Calculator here (opens Zune).

Source: Weight Watchers; Via: Microsoft

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