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Olympian Perdita Felicien reveals best fitness apps

Perdita Felicien explains the best fitness apps on Breakfast Television on Jan. 4, 2013. CITYNEWS.

Didn’t get enough sleep on New Year’s? You’re not alone – but don’t let that set the tone for all of 2013, Olympic hurdler Perdita Felicien said.

“Waking up at 4 a.m. is a gong show,” Felicien said on Breakfast Television on Friday, but one app can make it a little bit easier.

The Sleep Time app tracks sleep cycles – the body’s natural circadian rhythm – by using your phone’s accelerometer. The phone must be placed on the bed, and not the nightstand, for it to work.

“When you wake up with your alarm, sometimes you feel groggy. That’s because you’ve woken up during a sleep cycle,” Felicien said.

“This one wakes you up when you’re sleeping at your lightest, within a half-hour window, and also tracks your sleep data,” she explained.

Overall fitness is always a priority for the New Year and Felicien outlined three other apps that help with nutrition, diet and exercise.

Fooducate helps with reading food labels, including items like eggs and vegetables, and also provides a lettered grade for each food.

For weight loss, Felicien said Lose it! works by tracking your daily calories. It then calculates how much you’ll have to eat – or not eat – to achieve your weight loss goals.

The final app, Abs Workout by P4P, “is a great way to keep you motivated,” Felicien said.

Even though it’s free, Felicien said she spent 99 cents for the upgraded version of the ab workout.

In a later interview with CityNews, Felicien also recommended Sworkit – an app that provides circuit training workouts – and the Nike Training Club app.

Check out what else the Oshawa hurdler had to say in the video.