Computers and Fitness – Software For Keeping Fit

For as long as anyone can remember, computers have been used as tools to conduct work or to entertain. However, thanks to the huge amount of interest drummed up by the Nintendo Wii home video game console, and their award-winning Wii Fit video games, more and more computer software manufacturers are taking a look at the need for fitness-related software. The question that many people are asking is, How can a home computer duplicate the unique interface developed by the Wii through their wireless remote controllers and the Wii Balance Board? Let’s take a look at how your home computer can help you stay in shape this year.

For years, fitness software for your PC was simply diagnostic in nature. You could use these programs to record how many sit-ups you did that day, how many calories you took in, and what your projected goals should be. The result of such software research is Runner’s Log and Cyclist’s Log. These easy-to-use programs originally started out for the Palm Pilot, so a runner or cyclist could record what they did as they were in the thick of it. The software has proven to be so successful, however, that a port was created for the PC and the Mac. You can do everything mentioned above, as well as create graphics, charts, and print-outs of your progress day to day or week to week. Best of all, this program, and the other programs in this series, are shareware, which means they are absolutely free to try and use.

Obviously, most of the top fitness programs available aren’t going to be free, however, many are worth the investment. A good example is Yourself! Fitness. This software suite simulates what it is like to have your own personal trainer, but at a fraction of the cost. Oftentimes, when asked, people will list having a personal trainer as the number one reason why they joined a gym. With Yourself! Fitness, you won’t need to. The workouts here are customizable, dynamic, and a lot of fun. There is even a nutritional aspect to this software, as well, which ensures you are doing more than just sit-ups and push-ups.

Since more and more people are using Blackberries and iPhones these days, many computer companies are rushing to get applications built for these portable devices. A quick search of fitness-related iPhone applications reveals quite a selection, including a hilarious and often head-shaking version called Restaurant Nutrition. This program pulls back the curtain on every value meal at every fast food chain in the United States. Many of us give into fast food during a moment of weakness, but with Restaurant Nutrition sitting on our iPhone, at least we can order the items that have the least amount of fat, and believe it or not, it usually isn’t the salads.

Staying fit in the early 21st century is easier than ever with these amazing and fun to use applications for computer systems everywhere.