Thursday, July 28, 2011

Product Review: The Ipad

It’s time for another product review and this time I’m going with the Ipad.
This won’t be a technical review that you’d find on CNET, but will be a review of how you can use the Ipad to promote a healthy lifestyle.  There are dozens of apps that will help you reach your fitness and nutrition goals.

I know the Ipad isn’t cheap, I bought mine for $500 on  I went with the lower memory, WIFI version because I didn’t think I’d need too much space and I knew I’d be using it mostly at home, where I have wireless.  Besides, the monthly fee for 3g didn’t appeal much to me at all. :)  Despite the upfront cost, I have to say it was worth every penny, I use mine every single day.

Many of my clients have Ipads as well and I’m learning that it has been a real tool for them to stay on course with their diet and exercise.  Following are some uses/apps that have proven beneficial.

Keeping Track Of Your Lifestyle
Record keeping is huge if you are trying to change your diet and exercise habits.  The research bears this out and I’ve definitely noticed this throughout my years of experience working with weight loss clients.  Here are some of the ways you can use your Ipad for record keeping.

1) Recording your weight each week
2) Recording your cardio minutes each week
3) Recording your daily food intake

You can get specialized apps for each of these or simply use a note app like Sticky Notes (which has a free version).

4) Streaks Motivational Calendar- is an App for the Ipad.  It was created by Fantzer, Inc and costs just 1.99 to download and use.  It is an extremely simple concept but it is also extremely effective.   Streaks allows you to create a calendar with a goal in mind.  Every day that you are successful in obtaining your goal, you mark it down on your calendar for that day.  Streaks will keep track of your consecutive days of success.  It also will record your longest streak so you have something to shoot for.  If you are trying to give up sugar, do your cardio everyday, stop eating after 8:00 PM or anything else, you set up a calendar and keep track.  If you mess up, start over again and try to break your longest streak.  Before you know it, you are hitting your goal for increasing lengths of time. 

Cardio Distraction
We all know that to lose weight and stay in shape, cardio has to be a just about daily occurrence.  While there are people out there, such as myself, that actually enjoy doing cardio, (my clients have called me a “freak” because of this) for most people it is something they have to do.  Using your Ipad to either distract you or to be productive during your session makes cardio a lot more pleasant for these people.

1) Ipod- Your Ipad comes with an Ipod app built in, so you can listen to your music while working out.
2) Movies-You can buy and rent movies and TV shows from Itunes and watch them on the Ipad.
3) Netflix App- For $7 a month you can sign up for Netflix and watch unlimited movies that are streamed instantly to your Ipad.  I’m currently watching a 14 hour documentary on World War 2 by Ken Burns while working out and it is awesome!
4) Kindle App- With the free kindle app, you can turn your Ipad into a Kindle and read books.
5) Skype- With the free skype app you can talk for free to anyone else in the world who has skype.  This is a great way to pass the time while getting in your cardio.
6) Safari-Use the built in web browser to check your emails, read the paper online or surf the net.

These are just some of the ways you can use the Ipad to enhance your health and fitness.  Although it is definitely a little pricey, you’ll fall in love with your Ipad immediately.  I know I have.


Jill Turner said...

Nice article! I love all the app suggestions and just downloaded Streak. I receive you blog in an email, and would like to suggest that you change the background/type color on your blog...., because when I receive the email it is basically a virtually white page...., as all the text on your blog that is in white also goes on the email in white. So,I see "Click headline for blog update"; "Produce Review: the iPad" (think it was supposed to be "Product" and then "Keeping Track Of Your Lifestyle" and "Cardio Distraction" are in yellow. If I can find your email I'll send it to you so you can see what I'm talking about.

Dr. Thomas Halton said...

Thanks Jill,
I've been aware of the email issue for some time and I'm working with feedburner to resolve the problem. In the meantime I've been telling my subscribers to click the headline in the email which will lead you to the post on this site.