It is four months into 2014, and there is a good chance that some of us who have set our New Year’s goals to be healthier have fallen off the track a bit. If you are looking to get healthy and in shape, or simply want tips to improve your current routine, we are going to check out some of our favorite health and fitness apps within the Windows Store. So sit back, grab some water, munch on a rice cake, and let us explore the Windows Store.
We are not going to waste any time, but instead dive right into our favorite application from the Windows Store that can help you get fit and stay fit – Bodeefit. The Bodeefit application gives you a collection of daily workouts to get your body moving and your muscles working.
A typical workout could be eight rounds of 10 hand release pushups, 15 bicycle sit-ups, and 10 step-ups. Any workout that you decide to tackle is decided to be extremely fun and a timer lets you share workout results and earn badges with your friends.
Bodeefit includes built in workout timers, daily workout logs, movement descriptions, and other statistical data, so you can see yourself improve over time. The Bodeefit app is designed to work without the need of any special equipment, so you can get going right away.
To download Bodeefit from the Windows Store, click here.
If you prefer to pull out a Yoga mat, turn on relaxing music, and focus on your inner peace – Pocket Yoga for Windows 8 might be the perfect app for you. The application will cost you $2.99 and unfortunately, there is no free trial available, but we feel the 27 different Yoga sessions will keep you satisfied and is well worth the price.
For Yoga fanatics and beginners alike, Pocket Yoga provides three different practices of Yoga form, along with varying difficulty, and varying durations; 30 minutes, 45 minutes, and 60 minutes. In addition, as you continue your journey to inner peace, there are over 150 detailed images showing you exactly how to position and rotate your body – whether you are the Bird of Paradise or the Flying Tiger.
Your workout is complimented by different YOGA environments including the dessert, ocean, and mountains. If you prefer to listen to your own personally music instead of the included default music, Pocket Yoga allows you to quickly access your local library.
To download Pocket Yoga from the Windows Store, click here.
Bing Health and Fitness
It is difficult to talk about the various fitness applications in the Windows Store without mentioning Microsoft’s own Bing Health and Fitness app; your own one-stop solution for exercising, healthy eating, and fitness related news – all for free.
Open the application and you are immediately presented with the latest news pertaining to your health; one day the highlighted article is “Fresh, Canned, or Frozen: Which is better?” and the next day it is “Top 15 Heart Healthy Foods”. For those looking for the latest tricks and tips, Bing Health and Fitness is a great place to look.
If you are fitness focused, you can check out the application’s ability to track your various exercise, while also research new techniques to fine tune your body. If you are more food focused, you can view cooking how-to videos and track what you’ve been eating throughout the day.
Lastly, if you have a bit of “Self Diagnosing Syndrome”, you can use the Bing Health and Fitness app’s symptom checker to view what terrible life threatening disease you have. Is it just a headache… or is it a tumor… or possibly, an alien ready to pop out?
We know that this is not a standalone health app, but if you have a Fitbit or are looking to get in shape – there is no better companion for your Windows 8 PC. For those unfamiliar with Fitbit, it is a small wearable device that tracks your activity throughout the day and uploads it to Fitbit’s own health and fitness website.
Fitbit for Windows 8 is an official application distributed by the company, and allows you to take a glance at your personal stats for the day, past week, or past month. Quickly view your steps, calories burned, distance walked, very active minutes, weight, and how you stack up against your friends.
Moreover, the app now ties into the legacy Fitbit Connect desktop application. This way, you can install the Fit Connect software into the background and then use the sync button within the modern Windows 8 app to control it – no more need to pop onto the desktop.
The application itself is free, but to take full advantage you will need a Fitbit unit – to learn more about Fitbit and their devices you can click here to access their website.
To download Fitbit for Windows 8 from the Windows Store, click here.
Health and fitness is not just a focus on your physical body, but also your mental health and wellbeing. There are already quite a few applications, but LiveZen is our personal favorite, as it does the job well and keeps our data backed up safe and secure.
Before we go forward, we should mention that LiveZen uses Microsoft’s Azure cloud to store data and requires you to login with your Microsoft Account if you wish to use the application. The only data being shared is your email address, but if you are uncomfortable with the idea – this is a heads up.
Upon opening up LiveZen you can “add a stress event”, which is really not always stressful as it allows you to choose from a variety of emotions. After logging your data, you can then view all of your logged feelings over a period of days or even compare feelings during various durations. Built in graphs and visual elements help to pull the app together.
Some may wonder what the point of logging your feelings are, but truth is that the process can help out drastically. If you are feeling down, you can easily pull up the application and view durations during which the same occurs; you can then crosscheck entry comments to see if a feeling keeps happening during specific events or in reoccurring locations.
The application will not pull together your data and analyze why you are feeling a certain way – that is for you to do on your own, but it is a great way to keep everything tracked and on path.
To download the LiveZen from the Windows Store, click here.