‘iFitness Challenge’ introduction – 30 days using apps and accessories to get in shape [VID]


In the accessory and app markets there are hundreds of great products for helping us keep in shape. Whether it’s for helping us exercise more or better, watching our daily food intake or keeping an eye on our heart rate, there’s very little you can’t do with an iPhone. So, I decided to test a handful of them over a 30 day period.

My Starting Point

It probably comes as no surprise to hear that my job requires a lot of sitting down. In fact, I sit for approximately 8-10 hours per day, and that’s not including my downtime. Having been doing this work for just over 2 years, I’ve watched as my waist gradually expanded and my fitness dropped. With little time left between working and looking after my kids, gym membership isn’t an option and food has become fuel more than something I care about and watch.

I weigh around 106 kilograms (234 pounds), with a BMI of over 30. All my recent T-Shirt/Sweater purchases have been XL and my pants all have 38-inch waists. Compare that to a few years ago when I could still wear 34-inch waist pants, run around for ages playing soccer and wear medium/large sweaters and tees.

So, this challenge is about testing out some of the best fitness accessories and apps as well as helping me stay in shape. You’ll get real-world feedback regarding the products, and I’ll gradually make my way back to a better physical state. It’s a win-win situation.

If you want to get involved, suggest apps, join the challenge or spur me on feel free to tweet me: @TiP_Cam with the hashtag #iFitnessChallenge or email me: cam@todaysiphone.com.

Accessories used:

Scosche Rhythm – scosche.com/rhythm
Runtastic Heart Rate Combo – runtastic.com/shop/en/runtastic-bluetooth-smart-combo-heart-rate-monitor
Runtastic Heart Rate Monitor –runtastic.com/shop/en/runtastic-receiver-heart-rate-monitor
Runtastic Heart Sports Armband – runtastic.com/shop/en/catalog/product/view/id/57/s/runtastic-sportsarmband
Zensorium Tinké – zensorium.com/tinke/
Wahoo Blue HR – wahoofitness.com/Products/Wahoo-Fitness-Wahoo-Blue-HR-Heart-Rate-Strap.asp
Wahoo Balance Smartphone Scale – wahoofitness.com/Products/Wahoo-Fitness-Wahoo-Balance-Smartphone-Scale.asp

Apps Used:

MyFitnessPal Calorie Tracker – myfitnesspal.com/iphone
TargetWeight Pro – itunes.apple.com/gb/app/targetweight-pro-personal/id578666502?mt=8
Runtastic Pro – itunes.apple.com/gb/app/runtastic-pro-gps-running/id366626332?mt=8
Scientific 7-minute Workout – itunes.apple.com/us/app/scientific-7-minute-workout/id650448584?mt=8

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  • chrisoldroyd

    I have lost 34lbs in the last 12 months and I put a ot of that down to MyFitnessPal. It gives me a great knowledge of what I am eating and helps me to make sensible food choices. I also use the iCardio app with my iPhone 5 paired with a Polar Bluetooth heart rate monitor.  As they say, knowledge is power and it makes a huge difference when it comes to weight loss and fitness. Good luck on your get fit campaign!

  • TiP_Cam

    @chrisoldroyd Awesome. Thanks man. My real challenge is to be fitter and healthier than ever by the time I’m 30. Which gives me another 8-9 months. Looking forward to the challenge.

  • @chrisoldroyd How much have you exercised?

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