Best Fitness Apps

 

The Winter is certainly not my favourite time of year and this usually makes my mind drift to warmer times and the Summer ahead. Overindulgence over Christmas and lots of lovely comfort food on the cold evenings can often lead to a few extra pounds so now is the time to start thinking about getting in shape for when it’s time to don a bikini and hit the beach. Your smartphone can help you keep motivated and on track to getting ready for Summer and here we take a look at the best Fitness apps to use for getting healthy.

Myfitnesspal – Calorie Counting made easy

 

myfitness pal app

 

The Myfitnesspal app will help you track your calorie intake and exercise activities and will give you reports based on the goals you have set for yourself. I use this app a lot as I find actually making a note of everything I eat makes me much more aware of what I am consuming and less likely to overeat.

 

 

myfitnesspal features

 

 

There is a huge database of foods so you can find your meals or you can add your own recipes to get the calorie content of your meals. The app also allows you to add your exercise so you can see how many calories you have burned and you can keep a record of measurements and weight.

RunKeeper – fitness tracking app

 

runkeeper app

 

If part of your new fitness routine includes getting out and running the RunKeeper app is one of the best training buddies you could ask for. The app will keep track of your pace, distance and calories burned and the GPS tracked route can be saved in your favourites to choose from for your next workout.

 

runkeeper tracking app

 

There are a number of free training programmes to choose from if you are new to running or you are looking for a new challenge including a couch to 5k, Half Marathon and Marathon training schedule. The app isn’t just for running so you can track cycling, walking and any other fitness activity you take part in and see reports on your activity level and progress.

 

Fitocracy – Fitness log and community

 

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Fitocracy aims to make exercising fun with points and achievements to earn as you complete your workout and fitness journey. The app aims to be more like a fitness community where you will find lots of other people taking steps to make themselves healthier and you can choose to follow other users to help them along and find inspiration for your own daily activities.

 

fitocracy features

 

The app will track your workouts and you will earn points which will unlock achievements and there are quests to take to beat and badges to acquire. The community feel and various points and achievements on offer are designed to keep you motivated to reach your goals.

 

StrongLifts 5×5 Workout

 

5 x 5 workout

 

The StrongLifts 5×5 workout system has been hailed as one of the most effective workouts to help you get stronger,burn fat fast and build muscle. The app works like a personal trainer and muscle coach by guiding you through each of the 45 minute three times a week workouts. The app will tell you how many reps you need to do, how long you should rest between sets and it will monitor and increase the weights you need to use to achieve your targets.

 

stronglifts workout

 

There are videos of the workouts to ensure you use the correct form and the app will record weights and count reps so all you need to think about is pushing yourself and concentrating on your workout. There are two different workouts to alternate between to ensure you work your muscles effectively and you can purchase in-app extras for additional workouts and strategies.

 

The app is free on Android and iOS.

 

 

That’s just some of my favourite apps to help you feel healthier and happier in your own skin – which one is your favourite? Is there one you use that isn’t listed? Tell me your favourite apps in the comments below or join the conversation on Google+.

Written by: Carmel Brown

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