I love the Parks and Recreation episode on Internet Addiction (the episode is called “Sex Education”) – Tom is required to stay away from the Internet for a week, and he tries to detox by talking about everything he loves about it.
“Ok, everyday I start by hitting up Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. Sometimes, I like to throw in LinkedIn, for the professional shaaaawties” – Tom Haverford
It’s such a funny episode! Go watch it on Hulu! I had a point to all this…oh yea – I’m not quite that connected (what’s Reddit?), but I love all the stuff you can find on the Internet, and I’ve been wanting to do a post on the top 10 Website Apps I use pretty regularly. Maybe you’ll discover something new to you!
I finally found a replacement for my beloved Google Reader in Newsblur. I love reading tons of running, fitness and cooking blogs because that’s where I find a lot of inspiration and ideas to try. A blog reader is a great way for me to make sure I’m up to date with all my blogs! like: features to mark a story unread, easy navigation, can save stories, can import from Google Reader, can create folders. dislike: the free version limits you to 64 blogs, and the less read blogs update less frequently (i.e. sometimes i see no posts for a week, and then i see 4-5 posts).
Pinterest is where I go to pin all those good workouts and recipes I find. I’m an information hoarder and organizer, so this is great for me. I have boards dedicated to each type of meal (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Snack), one filled with inspirational quotes, and one with various “Workouts to Try”. When I get to the gym, I just pick an image and download it so I can access it in the wifi deadzones of the gym. Also, who doesn’t love pictures??
After I find all the great recipes I want to try that week, I go to Springpad to update my shopping list (or lists). Springpad also has phone apps, so I can access my list at the supermarket and check items off as I go. I used to store all my recipes here too, but it’s much easier to just pin images on Pinterest and link to the website with the recipe I want. Similar applications: Evernote, Remember the Milk, Catch Notes (see some of them compared here)
You all know Twitter. I use it to follow companies and other bloggers so I can participate in conversations and giveaways, and so I can see what’s trending in the fitness world.
Meetup is where I go to find groups hosting fun events in the area! I love this website – there are so many fun things to do every single day – a hike, a run, a climb? A blogger meetup? It’s awesome. Some of the bigger running groups also have coupon codes for races and stuff. It was where I found my running club!
DailyMile is a great application for keeping track of your workouts. It is primarily geared towards tracking runs, but I’ve added in cycling, yoga and weightlifting workouts too. There’s a big notes section so you can write down what you did and how it went. It also keeps track of sneaker mileage! See my previous post on DailyMile here. Con: The only big con for me is that there is no phone app for DailyMile yet.
McMillan Running Calculator
I found out about this calculator through Theodora’s post – you can enter in the distance and finishing time of your most recent race, select the distance you want to run, and it’ll predict how long it will take you to finish (it’s not a straight multiplication algorithm, i.e. if you run a 2:00 half, your marathon prediction will be over 4:00). I think there are also training plans on their website to get you to the finish time you want from your current running level.
I’m not really on a diet anymore, since I workout a lot, but I still use MyFitnessPal as a food journal so I get a good idea of how much I’m eating every day. It’s also helpful when I go to do my “Week of Eats” post, because otherwise I’d have a hard time remembering what I ate that week! I also use it to calculate the calories in recipes.
Okay, this is not a running or fitness related app at all. But maybe it’s good for your “mental fitness”? lol I won’t stretch it. I just discovered this recently – this website allows you to rate books that you’ve read, and it’ll make recommendations on what you might like to read next. You can save it to a “to-read bookshelf” and never be overwhelmed in the library again! Yes, I’m old-fashioned – I buy my share of Kindle books, but I love borrowing books from my local library too :)
Don’t neglect your spiritual fitness/health! YouVersion has a great phone app for when you’re on the go and don’t have your Bible. It has all the versions of the Bible you could possibly want (my favorites are NKJV and NLT), and you can highlight and bookmark all over the place.
Did you find anything you want to try? What are your favorite website apps or useful apps? Please share!