Five Fitness Apps I Can’t Live Without

If you were to ask the JA one of his biggest pet peeves when it comes to my behavior it would be that I’m on my phone too much. Having a horrible computer (up until I got my brand new Mac for Christmas) put me in the bad habit of using my phone as a replacement. Yet, when it comes to fitness & health, it’s easier to track progress, find workouts, and stay motivated with apps! Below are a few of the apps I use on almost a daily basis:

Editor’s Note: This list obviously discounts social media apps like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – which I also can’t live without, but that’s for another day. All wording in italics is taken from app descriptions in iTunes or the apps website. I used iPhone information because that’s what I use. If you have an Android phone, a simple Google search should give you links for your device.

five fitness apps to try

fitsnap

FitSnap – FitSnap is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you create inspirational pictures from your workouts and other activities. Add your workout information on top of your photos to create beautiful images to share with your friends on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and more. I recently found this app in an article about photography and it’s quickly become one of my favorite fitness photo apps. Just plug in your workout information, choose a filter & layout and you’re done!

popsugar active

PopSugar Active – Your fitness life should be fun, fulfilling, and easy to create. Loaded with video workouts and photo tutorials, POPSUGAR Active is designed to meet your exercise needs. Love, love, love the video workouts. It’s great to have in my pocket when I feel uninspired. Also has treadmill workouts which are helpful to use in lieu of the machine presets.

rock my run

Rock My Run Home of the best running & workout music in the world, RockMyRun is scientifically provenª to help you perform better during your next workout, better enjoy that workout and save you time. Rocky My Run is an easy way to find a mix that will motivate you to go that extra mile. I downloaded this app and have been loving the variety of mixes it’s provided thus far. My top picks? Fist Pump Run and Grrl Power Vol. 2.

sworkit

Sworkit Sworkit takes you through 5-60 minute circuit training workouts requiring no equipment. Just choose what part of the body to workout and for how long. Options include strength training, cardio, stretching, yoga, and even an option to create custom workouts. I’m loving this app for my HIIT & circuit training. The voice prompts are spaced out long enough to keep me motivated, the illustrations help me figure out poses/moves I don’t know, and my workouts/results are easy to share across social media platforms.

map my run

Map My Run Real-time fitness tracking, at your fingertips, on your iPhone, no extra devices required. Our apps use your smartphone’s GPS to record every detail of your workout. Follow your route on an interactive map while logging time, distance, speed, pace, elevation and calories burned. I love my Timex Marathon GPS watch to track my running on a regular basis, but Map My Run is a lot quicker for when I want to get out the door instead of waiting for the watch to find a satellite. Also great for tracking my race times and, most importantly, for walks with the dog.

This is part of my Try It Tuesday series – where I review items/services that I’ve tried and enjoyed. For more, check out the Try It Tuesday page!

What are some fitness apps you can’t live without?

Friday Fun: Photo A Day Recap Week #2

Day 7: Bright

'Rudolph with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight..'

‘Rudolph with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight..’

Day 8: Shimmer

decorations shimmering by the fire

Decorations shimmering by the fire

Day 9: Festive

Convinced things taste better in a festive/fancy glass. Photo taken prior to Watson knocking it over and it smashing into a million pieces.

Convinced things taste better in a festive/fancy glass. Photo taken prior to Watson knocking it over and it smashing into a million pieces.

Day 10: Cheer

a glass full of holiday cheer to celebrate a snow day!

A glass full of holiday cheer to celebrate a snow day!

Day 11: Shiny

I love looking at ornaments shine in the lights of our tree

I love looking at ornaments shine in the lights of our tree

Day 12: Gold

new bracelet with my married initials!

New bracelet with my married initials!

If you’re participating, don’t forget to tag photos on Instagram or Twitter with #jcmj, or tag me @jessjanksa. If that’s not your jam, feel free to send photos to me at justcallmejanks[at]gmail[dot]com or mention Just Call Me Janks on Facebook. I love seeing other people’s take on the word of the day!

Friday Fun: Photo A Day Recap Week #1

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Last week, I debuted my December challenge: photo a day. Here’s how this week went!

Dec Photo A Day 1
Day 1: Joy – Reunited with the pup after our trip to Mexico.

Dec Photo A Day 2
Day 2: Warm – Hot cocoa, but I don’t like mine too hot.

Dec Photo A Day 3
Day 3: Sweet – A note left on my desk from a young alumnus. Love it when they come to visit!

Dec Photo A Day 4
Day 4: Red – The wreath on our front door. One of the only visible decorations right now. Hoping to remedy the situation this weekend.

Dec photo a day 5
Day 5: Merry – Listening to Christmas music always puts me in a merry mood…even at work 🙂

Special shout out to Daisy, who’s been participating via Instagram! Here are some of her pics this week:

Joy
Day 1: Joy.

Sweet
Day 3: Sweet.

It’s not too late to join in the fun! If you want to participate, don’t forget to tag photos on Instagram or Twitter with #jcmj, or tag me @jessjanksa. If that’s not your jam, feel free to send photos to me at justcallmejanks[at]gmail.com or mention Just Call Me Janks on Facebook. I love seeing other people’s take on the word of the day and, if you’re lucky, maybe your photos will be featured next week!

December Challenge: Photo A Day

What better time of year to host a Photo A Day challenge then the month of December? With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, things can so easily pass us by. Having a photo challenge helps stop and appreciate what’s around us and to document the merriment and sentiment of ‘the most wonderful time of the year.’

I would be remiss if I didn’t note that this was inspired by a few other Baltimore bloggers who have done photo-a-day challenges in the past.

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If you’d like to participate, tag photos on Instagram or Twitter with #jcmj, or tag me @jessjanksa. If that’s not your jam, feel free to send photos to me at justcallmejanks@gmail.com or mention Just Call Me Janks on Facebook.

I’ll post a weekly wrap-up to show your work, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box & be creative!

I can’t wait to share in this challenge with you. Let’s get to snappin’ 🙂

Photo Bomb

Let this be a cautionary tale.

broken camera 4

Even though my camera was in a bag on our kitchen table, Wonder Dog somehow got a hold of it last weekend. The JA and I had left him out while we went to the grocery store and, upon our return, were greeted by a happy dog. As always, we surveyed the house for damage. Shoes? Still intact. Trash and recycling? Not touched. We then went into the living/dining room and found my camera in multiple pieces.

Momma was NOT pleased. I had saved up for a DSLR for a while and finally got one this year on Black Friday. Thankfully, we have enough cash in reserve to purchase a new one (and I found a site with an awesome price). I mean, having gems like this one captured on an iPhone is okay, but certainly not ideal!

awkward family photo

Friends with pets, what’s the worst thing your pet has ruined?

Try It Tuesday: Chimpsy

This past weekend, I took a photography class with my dad from the company Chimpsy. Initially, I was drawn to it because there was a Groupon, Dad had gotten himself a DSLR but had yet to take it out of the box, and I use a camera for my job.

With Groupon, things can be hit or miss. Sometimes, you have a miserable experience, sometimes, a half decent one, and once in a while, a really great one. Chimpsy was one of the latter. Granted, I’m a beginner. Additionally, I think each person’s experience depends on their teacher.

Chimpsy offers classes across the nation as well as online. I was thoroughly impressed with the instructor (shout out to Devin!), who not only used the slides provided to him by the company, but illustrated techniques with photos of his own. It made the lesson more personal.

I took the two-hour introductory class – the first hour is used to familiarize yourself with your camera and some basic techniques. The second hour was spent ‘in the field.’ We walked around the block and performed exercises that put the techniques we just learned to the test. I’m a hands-on, visual learner so this style really appealed to me.

After class, a pdf is sent to your email address. While the pdf I received was for the intermediate class, it still held the information covered in the beginner class. Score!

For more information, visit their website or follow them on Twitter!

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Family Time

The majority of this past weekend was spent with the JA’s family. His brother came into town and since he only comes in every once in a blue moon, we felt it only appropriate to spend as much time with him as possible.

Friday night we ate crabs. Coming in from St. Louis, one of the main requirements when DA comes to town is to eat real seafood. We were happy to oblige!

Saturday morning, I took an introductory DSLR photography class with Daddy Janks. For Christmas, he got himself a new camera. I use a DSLR for my job and so when a Groupon came up for a 2-hour introductory class, I snagged two. It really helped me understand the basic functions of the camera. I only wish I had a DSLR of my own so I could practice more often! Below are some of my favorite shots – playing around with the aperture.

The rest of the weekend was spent eating, drinking and hanging out with my future extended family. Not exactly exciting, but perfectly fine by me 🙂