MiFitLife: iPhone App Review and Tips
Determining IntensityHere is how i think of intensity for the use of this app. I thought of past examples of workouts I've done, and rated them from the hardest exertion I put myself through to the least. So now when I log a workout, I think of one of those in the past and see how it compares. Then I choose the intensity it is closest to. Basically, a 10 would be the hardest I have ever exerted myself in my entire life and a 1 would be something super easy, like walking slowly on a flat surface.
So for example, a couple weeks ago, I biked for 80 minutes at an average 3.5 intensity (it was hilly, so sometimes hard and sometimes very easy), and I earned 104 V02 Points which converted to 520 calories.
Honestly, if I was doing something under a level 3, I don't really think about logging it unless i did it for several hours. For example, I logged a number 2 for five hours when I spent a day walking around a new city I was visiting.
I recommend buying the app before a Sunday so that you can test out the activity calculators and get a feel for them before beginning the 13 week program.
What I Liked:I liked that this app made me think about the intensities of my workouts. Before I worked out, I would think about how intense I worked out the day before and usually this led me to push myself harder. It also encouraged me to work out most days of the week because I wanted to hit my VO2 Goal. Of course, I also like knowing how many calories were converted in my workout since that typically helps me eat healthier.
What I Would Like To See from MiFitLife in the Future:I think it would be great if the app integrated the major muscle groups into the activity log (think of the "symptom checker" on webmd if this idea seems abstract.) I like to quickly look back at my workouts to see which muscle group I worked and on which day it was so I can make sure I'm switching it up. Also, I'd be curious to see how working a large muscle group (i.e. legs) intensely would compare to intensely working a smaller muscle group (i.e. arms) on the VO2 calculation.
Recommendation:If you are looking for a way to track the progress and effectiveness of your fitness regimen then I recommend you try this app. It will help you figure out whether your working hard enough, consistently. For that reason, I plan to continue to use it.
What fitness apps have you tried? Do you have a favorite? Share your experiences with me on Twitter @danielle0090.