The 2012 London Olympics presents a great opportunity to kick start your weight loss. Weekend warriors, fitness fanatics and couch potatoes alike can get inspired to rev up their routines and shed a few pounds. By getting inspired and following the sagas of struggle and determination of individual Olympians, who are often described as otherwise ordinary people, you can get fit yourself.
Top iPhone apps for the London Olympics 2012
1. London 2012: Official App for the Olympics
The official London 2012 app, developed and maintained by the London Organizing Committee, is a complete mobile guide to help you enjoy the games. Though it's aimed mostly at individuals who will actually be in England for the games, the app's wealth of information will be helpful for any Olympic fan.
2. NBC Olympics App
The NBC London Olympics App provides a great way to monitor how many medals we are winning. You can follow every event from London, including real-time results & schedules, medal counts and TV & Online listings. During the nightly Primetime Show televised on NBC, the app will feature a second screen experience that makes a great companion to the on-air broadcast!
- Latest news
- Results & schedules
- TV Listings
- Real-time medal counts
- Video highlights
- Engagement with Facebook and Twitter
You can add the “live extra” app to stream live footage.
3. 2012 Team USA Road To London
Follow the USA team on their way to Olympic victory. The official "Team USA 2012 Road to London" app is provided by the
United States Olympic Committee, and allows you follow Team
USA and their experiences in London during the 2012 Summer Olympic and
- Photo galleries
- Video clips
- Daily editorial content
If you're looking for a way to keep up on the happenings of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, you may need look no further than Facebook. The social networking giant has created a London 2012 hub, designed to help connect you with information about your favorite athletes, teams, and sports.
From Facebook's main London 2012 page, you can do some pretty basic things, such as Like individual athletes. The hub is also linked to individual pages, so you can click through to read up on your favorite athletes, like Michael Phelps and Jessica Hardy.
It may not be the best avenue for Olympics news out there, but in terms of learning more about the games directly from the people participating, there may be no better resource.
Diets and Weight Loss Apps
5. "Daily Burn" Weight Loss Management App
Daily Burn is currently one of the top fitness apps, that mixes both nutrition, exercise tracking and calorie intake. Daily Burn is perfect for anyone who’s interested in tracking everything health and fitness related. This app offers dietary and nutrition advice for all levels of ability, ranging from those looking to lose a few pounds, to fitness-focused body builders hoping to improve their physique.
"Lose It" is an iphone app that allows users to create a full weight management plan by budgeting calorie intake and daily exercise. Simply enter your stats, create your plan, and have your analyzed progress sent directly to your email. The overview screen clearly shows daily calorie budget, food calories consumed, and calories burned through exercise, plus how many more calories you can eat that day.
7. "The Rapid Weight Loss Diet" App
The Rapid Weight Loss Diet is a proven method for losing 10-20 pounds of stubborn fat from your body in just a few weeks. It's a science-based diet similar to those used in medical weight loss clinics and with pre-operation patients, who need to lose 10-20% of their body fat - rapidly. The app not only tells you what foods you can and can't eat, it also provides a home-based exercise program that can be completed in just 20-minutes.
Many diets will keep track of the calories, but how do you know if you're consuming the right balance? If you're following the widely recommended ratio of 40%-30%-30% of carbohydrates, protein and fat respectively, you can use this app to break down your intake into the appropriate proportions.
Food and Healthy Eating Apps
This was chosen as the best "iPhone Health & Fitness app" of 2011. Just pick a food product and scan the bar code to get all the details of the nutrients inside. Users can even compare different items to find the healthiest, tastiest, most affordable choice.
This app lets users look up the caloric value of pretty much any food product. You can either enter the name of the food manually, say it out loud, or scan the bar code. CalorieCounter will then provide detailed nutritional information, plus a grade for every food based on how healthful it is.
11. Weight Watchers Mobile
Weight Watchers Mobile makes dieting just that little bit easier. Simply enter a menu item and the app calculates the "PointsPlus" value. Stay motivated 24/7 with weight-loss tips, recipe ideas, and a network of Weight Watchers members. Also check out the Kitchen Companion and Calculator Apps.
12. The Eatery
This is like a photo album for food. The Eatery lets users record what, when, and where they’re eating, and takes a photo of the food you eat. The app then tracks your progress, helping you figure out the habits you need to change, i.e. to avoid nausea.... stop eating cheeseburgers at 3 am.
13. Cook It Allergy Free
If you suffer from food allergies or just wants to find more nutritious recipes, this app is perfect. It’s got recipes without gluten, dairy, nuts, and eggs, and also offers easy substitutions for any of these ingredients. You can design personal shopping lists and recipe folders, that will make trips to the grocery store stress-free.
14. Fast Food Calorie Counter
If you feel tempted to indulge with your favourite comfort food, you should at least monitor your intake. Fast Food Calorie Counter offers a searchable database of nutritional information for 9,141 menu items from 73 top fast food restaurants.
Fitness and Training Apps
15. Adidas miCoach
Adidas miCoach is your very own personal trainer with real-time audio coaching throughout your workout. You can create a customized workout plan every day; then measure time, distance, pace, and calories burned. This app even keeps track of your fancy footwork, and lets you know when it's time to replace your trainers!
16. Nike Training Club
The app was developed with the help of a Nike professional trainer, and contains 90+ drills to help you with cardio, interval, and core training. The workout system is designed to continually challenge you, and increase in difficulty as your fitness level increases.
17. Gym Goal ABC
Gym Goal ABC offers 52 workout routines spanning four different levels. It also gives you step-by-step instructions, as well as tips on how to improve your performance. You can add your own exercises, although with nearly 300 already installed, you may not need to.
Gym Training by Weightplan.com is an exercise database and exercise routine planner. There are over 800 HD exercise photos and videos at your fingertips. With 50 preset gym workouts for you to follow you’ll quickly improve strength, tone and muscle mass. There are workout routines designed to condition, build muscle size or improve strength – whether you’re a beginner or pro-athlete.
19. Endomondo Sports Tracker
Using the built-in GPS, Endomondo Sports Tracker tracks your fitness - running, cycling, walking and any other distance based sport. You can sync stats for over 21 sports with Facebook friends and through Gmail – and also take part in organised local events. Type in your postcode to find local routes.
The 1000 Exersises is one of the most comprehensive fitness app ever created! Build, share, and sync workouts between your iPad and iPhone, choosing from over a thousand moves, hundreds of videos, and dozens of workouts.. Exercises include both male and female image options.
One of the best ways to stay fit or lose weight is by walking, and this is one of the best fitness apps if you're looking for a pedometer. iTreadmill will help you keep track of how many steps you've taken, how far you've walked, your average speed and it will even calculate the amount of calories you've burned.
Walking 30 minutes every day will help to keep our weight, heart and cholesterol levels in check. This app lets you keep track of how far you have walked, and how many kilojoules you’ve burnt by storing the information on your phone. You can upload the information to the website and monitor your progress.
23. Couch-to-5k (running)
Running newbies have all the tools they need with this app. It's an eight-week workout schedule with detailed instructions every step of the way, plus tools to keep track of progress. You can post updates on social media and let friends know how close you are to the 5K mark!
Like iMapMyWalk, this app uses built-in GPS technology to track a runner's exact path, plus a record of the speed, distance, pace, and calories burned. There are also versions for hiking, cycling and triathlons.
This app is designed both for newcomers who want to prepare for their first 26.2-mile race, and for experienced runners who want to improve their racing skills. However, the training plan assumes you already have the ability to run 3 miles, three to four times a week. If you can, then you could be ready to complete a marathon in 18 weeks.
26. Swim-Tracker App
Swim-Tracker allows swimmers to log a wide variety of data about their swimming routine, allowing them to chart their progress and identify areas for improvement.It allows you to log best times, track your total distance swam, track your various work-out routines, organize your training by stroke, and track your nutrition program.
27. GoSwim's iPhone App
This swimming app was produced with the goal of giving swimmers and coaches easy access to important information poolside. It gives the user easy access to recent content on their website, videos which include strokes and "drill of the week", a discussion group, and the latest swimming news.
28. Ritmo Time Stroke Monitor (Rowing)
This is an on-the-water training tool that any rower or paddler can use to get instant stroke rate, speed and distance feedback during water workouts. RitmoTime harnesses the advanced computing power and portability of the iPhone to become the ultimate in water sport training devices.
This uses built-in GPS technology to track your cycling distance, while keeping track of the time, distance or speed you’ve cycled. iMapMyRide gives you the option of additional features like heart rate, speed and power.
30. Digifit iBiker
iBiker was voted "Best Wireless Fitness Product 2010" by the Wireless Association®. This app tracks your rides and maps your routes, while recording your weight and blood pressure. You can upgrade to spin indoors or ride outdoors with access to over 80 ANT+ sensors for heart rate monitors, speed and cadence sensors, power meters and foot pods.
31. Women's Health Workouts
Women's Health Workouts offers a chance to change up the monotony of your regular fitness routine. It offers 16 complete work-outs and 130 different exercises, with options to work on the whole body while others target specific areas. You can keep track of the progress you've made by logging when and how often you work out.
What's interesting about CrunchFu is its ability to detect motion. Simply hold the iPhone against your chest as you perform sit-ups, and the app will return feedback on your speed and form.
33. Max Lift - One Rep Max Calculator (weight lifting)
First enter your optimum weight, and this app will tell you the estimated weight for full muscle failure with one rep. This is your maximum 1-rep weight – and that’s the weight to beat. Use the percentages tab to see how the app calculated your “effort breakdown” for a single rep – meaning, 65% of your power to lift 23 pounds a single rep.
34. Fitness Builder
This app lets you choose from an impressive library of more than 5,600 exercise images and videos. It also includes a complete set of workout building and performing tools, fitness calculators, tracking, scheduling and progress graphing features, and provides you with access to a live personal trainer.
Rest and Relaxation Apps
35. Pilates - Day by Day
This app provides you with step by step instructions and videos to help you incorporate Pilates into your daily life more easily. It gives you a private Pilates class, where you can achieve a toned, strong body, and graceful posture in just 15 minutes.
36. Tai Chi Lite
Tai Chi has been linked to improving health, balance, arthritis and overall wellbeing. This app guides you through the slow, flowing moves through easy-to-follow videos. You can choose between a traditional approach where you mimick the moves demonstrated by the master, or a more detailed western approach, where each movement is accompanied by a detailed commentary.
37. Pocket Yoga
This app lets users take the benefits of yoga virtually anywhere. Choose between 3 different practices, 3 different difficulty levels and 3 different durations, with a total of 27 different video sessions. There is also a handy dictionary of yoga poses to refresh your memory.
38. Authentic Yoga with Deepak Chopra
This application introduces yoga poses and proper breathing techniques with audio, as well as video clips. Each pose and routine sequence is organized by exerience level as well as by common complaints, such as "Yoga for Back Pain." This app offers a large selection of yoga routines for developing strength, balance, and flexibility.
39. Relax and Rest Guided Meditations
Choose from a range of meditations that focus on breathing or full-body relaxation; then add music or nature sounds for a moment of peace. You can choose from "Breath Awareness Guided Meditation" (5 min), "Deep Rest Guided Meditation" (13 min), or "Whole Body Guided Relaxation" (24 min), depending on what your body requires.
40. Pzizz Sleep
This app helps treat sleep disorders like insomnia, with different relaxing soundtracks that lull users into a restful sleep. Pzizz sleep uses a structured algorithm that creates a new sleeping tune every time you use it, with over 100 billion possible combinations. It is fully time adjustable from 10 - 60 minutes that helps you nap during the day or fall asleep at night.
Health Care Apps (10)
41. UV Safe Timer
The UV Safe Timer app offers a location-specific UV index, that will calculate changes of UV levels when there are shifts in the current weather conditions. It also offers a custom profile feature that highlights your skin type, activities, and standard sun protection.
This app allows users to upload photos of moles to find out if they’re dangerous. It will then provide a preliminary risk assessment to see if a medical visit is necessary.
43. Instant Heart Rate
This clever app uses your smartphone’s camera to detect your pulse simply by placing your index finger over the lens. The app beeps with every heart beat and offers a real-time chart with an EKG-like graph.
This user-friendly app keeps track of your blood pressure, resting heart rate, and weight. It will quickly show you trends, detailed analysis, statistics that tell you how your blood pressure fluctuates on a daily basis and over time.
This app may be just what diabetics have been waiting for. Users can monitor blood glucose levels, record when they take medication, and track their food intake and activity.
46. iPeriod Menstrual Calendar
If you want to track when your period is due, then download this digital tracking calendar. It records your menstrual cycle, highlights your most fertile days, and sends you notifications for upcoming periods, late periods, breast exam reminder.
This app includes a breast check video demonstrating how women can check their breasts, allows you to set your own reminders for a breast check, and provides a risk report to assess how your lifestyle could affect your risk of getting breast cancer.
48. Men’s guide to Prostate Health
Prostate cancer is dubbed the ‘silent’ killer, as many men don’t know the symptoms or fail to have regular check-ups. This app helps you to understand prostate disease, provides various diagnostic tools, and gives you recommendations for treatment.
49. WebMB Symptom Checker
It's easy to panic when something seems wrong with your health. WebMD's symptom checker can be a quick way to ease your mind. Simply select the part of the body that is troubling you, choose your symptoms, and learn about potential conditions or issues. ( Remember - you should always consult a physician if symptoms persist.)
50. Pocket First Aid & CPR from the American Heart Association
Created by the American Heart Association, this app has useful first aid information for both major and minor injuries and conditions. There is also a handy "medical profile" / "in case of emergency" feature which can be accessed by ambulance crews/first responders if something was to happen to you.