Tag Archives: iPhone

Fitbit – it’s time to drop the grudge against Apple

For the last few years Fitbit has been the dominant player in the growing and lucrative health and fitness wearable market. They have built such a strong brand that fitness wearables are all called “fitbits” in the same way searching on the web is now called “googling” (even if you don’t use Google) or photocopying was called xeroxing.

 

But that market dominance is coming to an end. One of the largest companies in the world, Apple, is pushing its way into the health and fitness market with the Apple Watch. And while Fitbit integrates south many other exercise and well-being services, they are hanging on like barnacles to a grudge with Apple and won’t make their platform available to Apple Watch owners.

Why is this? To answer that we need to look back a few years.

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App – Optimize Fitness uses AI to customise workouts

img_0062Optimize Fitness crelates custom workouts based on your fitness level, goals, and workout history.

It’s not the first AI-based fitness app we’ve seen (Boltt is another example). The idea is the app will look at your workout history and goals and customise your program.

The app comes with both iOS and watchOS versions, so it works with iPhones and the Apple Watch.

You can download it from the App Store.

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Forgot your Fitbit? How to use your smartphone as a Fitbit tracker

fitbit-blaze-stock-shotAlthough you can wear your Fitbit tracker 24/7 there are times you take it off such as when you shower or put it on its charger. And, if you’re in a hurry or distracted, you might leave home and forget to put it back on.

Fortunately, there is a Plan B so you can continue to track your activity. You can add your smartphone as a tracker.

This feature works on the iPhone and selected Android smartphones. You can check if your phone is compatible here.

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My Five Essential Exercise Apps and Services

A look at the app store on any mobile platform will reveal literally thousands of apps to support you on your health and well-being journey. Whether that’s an app for your preferred fitness tracker, or an app that records data while you’re running or cycling, or an app to help to record your food intake and count calories – there are thousands to choose from. I’ve played with a lot of them and these are the ones I’ve settled on. Continue reading