Everywhere Exercise

Americans are becoming more and more sedentary because of desk jobs and the lure of the couch and TV.

The good news is that some gadgets like the Kindle are being used as tools to help people get moving.  Everywhere Exercise has some good, simple exercises to do while sitting at the desk, or for the times when you have to sit and wait on something.

Everywhere Exercise includes four categories: Flexibility, Strength, Energy, and Places.

The Flexibility section includes a series of stretches that can be done anywhere.  The menu tells you whether they can be done in a sitting or standing position.

The Strength section is also a set of stretches, but they’re designed to improve strength instead of flexibility.  Going into this section I was really curious about how you can do strength exercises without weights.  But, you’re basically using your body as a form of resistance.  For example, one of the exercises is to pull your feet forward, but without moving them.

The Energy exercises are simple ways to get your heart rate up.  Shuffle or tap your feet while sitting.  Smile really big.  It releases endorphins and feels good.

The Places section is a mix of flexiblity, strength, and energy exercises specifically designed for sitting at the desk, watching TV, or waiting in line.

Log all of your exercises in the Exercise Log, and review the Help section before you begin.  As with any exercise routine, make sure you are physically able to do the routines so that you can prevent injuries.

All of the Kindle’s buttons are used to navigate Everywhere Exercise.  It tells you what keyboard shortcuts you can use.  The back button takes you back to the menu or whatever your previous page was.  Then, of course the 5-way toggle selects all of the options.

Everywhere Exercise is competition for the HandyX exercise routines.  I think the graphics are better in Everywhere Exercise.  The directions are clearer, and the pictures are easier to see.  All of the Kindle exercise apps are good to have because they’re inexpensive and don’t require any extra equipment.

Ed Pegg

“The program is probably meant as competition to My Yoga Studio. Everywhere Exerciser provides 31 exercises, complete with figures and instructions. There are also routines to follow, giving different ranges of exercises, depending on where you happen to be stuck at the time (in line, in a chair, watching TV, …). In addition, each exercise comes with its own timer, and the program can track logs.”

Fast Food Calories

Fast Food Calories is a really handy tool that is available on the Kindle.  It definitely forces people to take an honest look at the nutrition information for popular restaurants such as Applebee’s, Bob Evans, fast food chains, and more.

There is a collection of over 100 popular restaurants, and it includes full menus with nutrition information.  Fast Food Calories also includes a food log.  In order to log your meal, all you have to do is click “eat” and fill in the information and date.  So much simpler than having to type all of the information out.

I browsed through the menus and nutrition facts for some of my favorite restaurants like P.F. Changs and Applebee’s.  Some of the calories for Applebee’s dishes were outrageous.  1400+ calories for one meal!  That is about a whole day’s worth of food.

The title of this app is a bit of a misnomer because it includes a wide variety of restaurants.  It doesn’t just have fast food places.  So, don’t let the title fool you.

The navigation throughout Fast Food Calories is pretty intuitive.  You just use the Kindle’s 5-way toggle button to get to the different buttons.  The graphics are easy to see.  They do well for the purposes of Fast Food Calories.

With obesity and weight loss being such a prominent thing in society today, Fast Food Calories is a good way to stay accountable for what we eat.  It can be a reality check, but it can also help push people to make healthier choices.

The newer Kindle models are so compact and portable, that they’re perfect for toting a food journal or nutrition reference guide around.

Another useful nutrition Kindle app that is worth checking out is MyFood.  It includes food from the USDA National Nutrient Database.  So, this one is geared towards ingredients rather than restaurant menus.

W. Wiedman

“Who needs an iPhone or iPad when you can download reasonable apps for your Kindle? I was so happy with this product! I can find foods with different combonations, fix a plate, get nutritional values and stay on calorie track. LOVE IT!”

Jennelle

“You get a great selection of most popular franchises like Subway, quiznos, Olive Garden, Chili’s, Taco Bell, Burger King, McDonalds, TGI Fridays, Arby’s, Panda Express, PF Changs, Blimpi, Red Lobster, Carl’s Jr (or Hardees-same thing), Chik Fil A, Cheesecake Factory, Dairy Queen, Denny’s, Dunkin Donuts, ALL popular Pizza chains, KFC, Krispy Kreme, IHOP, Outback, Ruby Tuesday, Sonic, Starbucks, Wendys, slochtsky’s, and Sbarro and others I’ve never heard of.”

Fast Food Calories is now compatible with the latest generation keyboardless Kindle.

 

 

Cocktail Mixer

Did you know that there is a Cocktail Mixer app for the Kindle?  No more flipping through cumbersome books to find cocktail recipes!  I am especially excited about this one.  It includes both alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks.  So, it is a real treat for all ages.  Not to mention, it is cheap!

There are 350 drinks to choose from.  I’m sure bartenders would laugh at me for being so in awe at the size of the collection. From an amateur’s point of view, that is quite a selection to choose from.  Now that it is finally Fall, the Apple Strudel and Apple Cider slider sound especially good.  There are cocktails for every season.  Check out the Cocktail Browser section for cocktails by theme or occasion.

Of course, when you first enter the program, it reminds you to drink responsibly.  There are coffees and other sweet non alcoholic mixed drinks available for kids or non drinkers.

You can search Cocktail Mixer’s database in several ways.  Search by cocktail name or by the alphabetical index.  You can also search by cocktail ingredient.  Do you have random ingredients sitting in your kitchen that you don’t know quite what to do with?  There might be a cocktail in Cocktail Mixer’s database that can use those ingredients.

You can also enter up to three ingredients and come up with available drinks that use them.  There are drinks for every occasion.  From casual to formal, breakfast to nightcap, Cocktail Mixer has it covered.

Cocktail Mixer is very easy to navigate with the Kindle’s toggle button.  Use it to switch through the selections, and use the keyboard to search for drinks you may already have in mind by typing in the first letter.  The quick searching and easy to read recipes make this Kindle app a great reference guide.

The recipes are easy to follow and don’t require much preperation effort.  I can’t wait to try some more of the drink flavors out.  In addition to the apple flavored drinks, the coffees and mint flavored drinks sound delicious.

Maybe HandyX or another Kindle developer can create a recipe database for food and desserts.  I think it would be awesome to have an “quick cooking” recipe guide.

I am eager to hear how others like Cocktail Mixer, and their experiences with trying different recipes.  I am always amazed at the ideas developers come up with for the Kindle, and this one is quite creative.

 

 

 

My Yoga Studio

My Yoga Studio is the best app out of the whole fitness collection by Nickel Buddy. The biggest reason is that they have well written instructions for each exercise in the routines.

Each exercise is a yoga pose. You can use the routines that are built in, or you can design your own. I think it is good to know a little bit about yoga before attempting My Yoga Studio so that you don’t do any poses incorrectly. Sometimes exercises done incorrectly can cause injuries.

As the program warns, see a doctor before attempting any of the routines. My Yoga Studio is geared more towards adults.

The graphics are good. Just follow the prompts. The program will automatically move on to the next pose unless you pause it yourself. Use the menu options to pause the routine.

There are three routines to choose from with multiple poses within them. There is a picture that displays the pose, and instructions to describe the poses in detail.

The biggest complaint against all of the programs in Nickel Buddy’s Kindle fitness collection are that they have no audio signal. Yoga is such a calming, peaceful exercise program, that it is a little disruptive to have to keep checking the Kindle when you change poses. Audio is a good suggestion for upcoming updates to the device and to the program.

So, overall, aside from a few tweaks here and there, My Yoga Studio is a great program to use on the go. No extra equipment is required, but it might be helpful to have a yoga mat if you can’t find a comfortable surface to do your exercises on. It is inexpensive, easy to use, and fits in well with the other Kindle exercise programs available.

L Mccartney

“Overall My Yoga Studio is very easy to use and it is easy to make your own routines. However…..it would be much better if it was an “Audible” app. A little music and and audible indication of what the next movement is, or, at the very least, a beep or tone to indicate the time to move to the next movement would be great! ”

Lisa Venn

“Tip for Kindle Apps and Amazon — Make these apps so we can download them not only to our Kindles, but also to our laptops using Kindle software. The bigger screen and ability to move laptop screen to whatever angle you need is important to get the most out of this app and other apps. Propping up the kindle can be annoying. ”

 

Anywhere Stopwatch

Anywhere Stopwatch is a simple Kindle tool to help track your time for whatever reason. Whether you want to time your exercise, or something in the oven, you can use Anywhere Stopwatch to monitor it.

The graphics are easy to see, and you can choose from two different themes. The Kindle’s 5-way toggle button is used to navigate through the application. You can choose to show the time, or laps. You can start or stop the clock pretty easily by just selecting the option. Everything you need is on one screen.

The clock keeps going as you read, so you don’t get interrupted or have any kind of audio reminders. I wish it had some sort of indicator to mark progress without having to actually go into the application. I think many users would appreciate a beep or some other audio signal.

I think Stopwatch and Timer has better graphics and more features. Considering the purposes of these applications, you can’t really go wrong with either one.

Anywhere Stopwatch also includes a timer and dial that shows elapsed time. You can save your times to review later. I don’t think most people would want to run with their Kindles just to use the stopwatch, but it is quite handy on exercise equipment and for timing your kids or friends.

Nickel Buddy also has a collection of exercise apps: Anywhere Legs, Anywhere Abs, and My Yoga Studio. They’re all great apps and have great reviews. If the audio issue can be resolved, than these would be even better

One tip to make note of is: refer to the Help option in the menu. Anywhere Stopwatch is pretty easy to navigate overall, but there are some helpful keyboard shortcuts and explanations of what is what that are there if you need them.

Ed Pegg

“Anywhere Stopwatch is the better product, mainly due to superior graphics. Take a look at the screenshots. These are believable timers and stopwatches.

Kindle has a built in clock — just press the Menu button and look at the top. However, it would have been very nice if an actual large clock could have been included in this program. Also, the timer lacks a sound function, which is likely more a fault of Kindle programming restrictions. ”

Just Me

“This semester at college I am taking a speech class and have to time my speeches as I practice. This app works PERFECTLY for that. I needed a timer that I can start and stop without looking at it. It is simple to use and keeps me on time.”

Anywhere Legs

Anywhere Legs is a good workout companion that can be done in just 10 minutes in the office, at home, or on vacation.  It goes well with Nickel Buddy’s other Kindle exercise tools: Anywhere Abs and My Yoga Studio.

Anywhere Legs is a quick set of workouts designed to tone and strengthen your leg muscles.  There are three routines, and they each have a beginner, intermediate and advanced level.  There are six different exercises in each routine.

Anywhere Legs is set up pretty much the same way as Anywhere Abs.  So, the same suggestions apply: audio signals and more obvious well written instructions to explain the exercises.  You can press Help to access instructions, but I think it would be easier to follow if it is actually with the  picture.  It is kind of difficult to get to Help in the middle of an exercise.  Audio will hopefully be better integrated into future versions of the Kindle.

The worst thing that can happen is to get an injury from performing the exercises incorrectly.  As with any other exercise routine, make sure to check with your doctor to make sure you are physically able to perform the exercises.

Anywhere Legs includes a timer that times each exercise.  All of the graphics are easy to see.  Some examples of the exercises include lunches, stretching, and pilates like exercises.  So, there is a good, well rounded selection.

The biggest advantage that Anywhere Legs and the others in the collection have are that they are really inexpensive and super portable.  Even exercise DVD’s can run anywhere from $10-20.  With the apps on your Kindle, you can slip it into a tote and take them wherever you go.

John Stenson

“An audible timer might be nice as another reviewer pointed out, but it’s not really that big of a deal for me. I prop up my Kindle in front of me while I do the exercises anyway and it’s easy enough to just glance at the screen to see the timer.

Overall, this is a great addition to my Kindle and I highly recommend it. Just having a few exercises on my Kindle is a little reminder to get up and move, so it’s a great motivation!”

Good future additions to the collection would be Pilates and Kickboxing.  Both can be done without any equipment.  But, it might be more fun if you put on a little music.

 

Anywhere Abs

I never even considered the idea that the Kindle could be used as a portable exercise tool until I found Anywhere Abs.  This app is designed to help strengthen your core, and can be done anywhere that has enough floor space.  No extra equipment is required.

When you get into Anywhere Abs, you’ll find two routines.  Each routine has several levels that range from beginner to advanced.  There are different timed exercises within each routine.  A few examples include sit ups, planks, and other important core strengthening exercises.

The timer usually runs for 30 or 60 seconds, and it gives you a few seconds to get yourself situated.  the more advanced levels have longer routines  If you need help during the exercises, you can always press the menu button and review instructions or pause the routine.

The graphics are well done and easy to see.  The only major drawback that I can see is the lack of audio.  You have to watch your Kindle to monitor the time.  After I noticed this, I checked the reviews, and most of them say the exact same thing.  You also have to check it for the specific exercises.  I think it would be very helpful to have audio guidance so the transitions between exercises can be a lot smoother.

Another suggestion is to add written instructions to explain each exercise.  It took me a minute to figure out exactly what I was supposed to do.  It is important to do the routines correctly so that you can prevent injuries.

As with any exercise program, make sure you are physically able to do the exercises before attempting these and risking injury.

Anywhere Abs is a great portable exercise tool.  You can do this in your office or on vacation when the hotel doesn’t have a gym.  Anywhere Abs is so much cheaper than an exercise video or gym membership!

CT

“I really love how this is set-up, so anyone, no matter what level they are, can do these ab exercises, and you even choose between two different collections of exercises. I just wish that there could be an audible timer so one doesn’t have to keep an eye on the Kindle while attempting the workout. I am trying to get my husband to try this out as well. I just purchased the yoga version and am excited to see how that works out. ”

M. Knaus

“These is a great idea and makes me take a break from reading and get the blood flowing. I REALLY wish I could access this (and anywhere legs) through the Kindle app on my iPad and iPhone!”