Our smart phones can do many different things these days, but one thing that most people don’t think about is their ability to help you stay fit. In an age when technology appears to be making us more sedentary, there is actually much to praise in the app industry as regards tools for fitness! Here is a list of a few free, or at least very cheap, apps that I highly recommend for you to consider:
1. Garmin Fit: This app is at the number one place for a reason. Garmin Fit allows you to keep track of all the logistics of your workout, such as distance, elevation, heart rate, route traveled, and number of calories you burned in the process. This app then processes that information, allowing you to observe your growth, improvement, and general trends. On top of all that, it helps you choose a good workout playlist. This data is stored at the Garmin Connect Website so that you can review it at any time and scan your development over the course of long periods. Anyone who has struggled with maintaining a long term routine knows how difficult it is to keep up a strong vision for fitness when you don’t keep track of your progress. This app does just that, and more!
2. Get Running (Couch to 5k): Get Running is perfect for those would-be runners who have the desire, but perhaps lack the know how and motivation to lace up the shoes and head out the door. The app acts as a sort of personal running coach and offers a 9-week training program to get you going “from couch to 5k.” Many runners say that the most difficult phase in a runner’s journey is building from zero stamina to being able to run for 30 minutes without stopping. Get Running targets this period of a runner’s journey and has helped numerous people get out on the trail. Get Running also helps you record your progress and even offers to post your newest data on Facebook and Twitter for your friends and relatives to keep up with your journey to becoming a runner.
3. All-In Fitness: I’m pretty excited about this app. What do you think is the main reason people choose not to start working out? It’s actually the fact that they don’t know what to do! This great app takes all the guess work out of starting a routine. With All-In Fitness, your phone will contain 1,000 exercises all featured in HD videos, 100 complete workouts, and input from real personal trainers to offer you the full introduction to fitness straight from your phone! If you are a longtime fitness guru, however, the sheer volume of available exercises is sure to beef up your repertoire and help you keep your body guessing.
4. Strava: Strava is like a social network for your training partners and competitors. We all know that competition makes exercise more fun, and with this app, you can create a virtual record board for your local trail, circuit, or track. You can upload your newest bests, and challenge your friends to step up to the plate! Strava includes multiple metric devises to record your essential information as well, such as: elevation, heart-rate, distance covered, and calories burned.
5. Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker: MyFitnessPal has created a great product that allows you to manage the half of fitness training and weight loss that most people ignore: your diet! Calorie Counter enables you to scan barcodes to download nutritional info, record your recent meals and intake, and keep yourself accountable for what you decide to indulge in. Any exercise system that says you can eat whatever you want is a scam, but that doesn’t mean that you have to spend hours every day crunching numbers and obsessing over calories. This app does it all for you!
Author Bio: Zachary James writes for www.BoxFitUK.com, a boxing gear site for both the boxing and health enthusiast.