It is not a secret that it is very difficult to start going in for sports or go on diet and then not to give it up. Nevertheless we all know how important it is to live a healthy and active life. The truth is that it is not so easy to make it part of our everyday routine. Living a healthy life isn't simple because it requires effort and willpower. However, a regular smartphone in your pocket can help you with staying motivated for improving and finally becoming the version of yourself you have always wanted to be and meet your fitness goals.
While some apps encourage you to take up sports activities on a regular basis, others motivate you to pick up good eating habits. Various applications work in different ways, such as: counting calories eaten or burnt, building up stamina through workouts, collecting stats about your running sessions. While some applications are simply the tracking tools and you can check the results by yourself, there are applications that send your achievements to your coach. Your personal trainer or nutritionist will check it and discuss the results with you on a regular basis. Sometimes the apps can even replace your personal trainer. You can use different applications by yourself and nobody will know the results, but if you want, you can join a virtual community of people who will cheer you up and give support. There's an opportunity to enhance motivation through competition with a group of people using the same application, competing virtually.
All the apps can basically be divided into the following categories: motivators, gym workouts, running, yoga and nutrition and sleep. Set your own target, choose an appropriate app that will inspire you for greater achievements and regardless of the app you select, stick to the program and get stronger and healthier! Here are the best fitness apps, available in the App Store.
First of all, Lose It! will help you lose weight. The app is aimed at tracking weight change and calories used.
It helps you change your lifestyle. When you monitor the daily calories budget, track your food and stay motivated to make smarter choices to achieve your goal. Lose It! gained popularity as a completely free app. Now it has become more interesting as it offers paid premium upgrades. You’ve got to submit the information about your age, weight and height.
The app customizes a weight loss plan for you. Users can search for the food which you eat throughout the day in the large food library. All the calories from that food are counted and displayed. You log the food, exercise and see how you are doing by checking the results daily and weekly. To get more fun you can share Lose It! performance with Facebook community.
Join the group, find friends who are using the app and your friends will motivate you and give support. Many people find it challenging to compete with the others in order to achieve the goals set. You can also get blog posts about what you eat through e-mail. Lose It! is one of the most popular weight loss systems available.
Sworkit Lite is available for free and Sworkit Pro is a paid app, which is customized and personalized. Its name is a shortening for 'Simply Work It'.
It offers cardio, yoga, pilates, stretching, strength workouts for everybody and at the same time it is aimed at those who have special needs, for instance people who have knee injury. Sworkit Lite is an app for workouts without any extra equipment. The guide has a library of videos performed by professionals. Sworkit is a combination of interval training and random exercises.
All in all there are over 170 exercises and the library is constantly growing. If you like working at your own speed without any equipment that app is what you need.
Fitness Buddy (Paid)
Fitness Buddy includes over 400+ exercises in its free version and 1700+ in the extended paid version. It is a great tool for those who exercise either at home or in the gym. The app is certainly good for people who want to make their workouts effective. Fitness Buddy comprises a great amount of exercises, HD videos, photos and animations.
All the exercises have detailed instructions. It is good for its exercise categorization (chest, shoulders, arms, back, core, lower body, and cardio) and muscle categorization. Users with different experience can find the range of workouts with good guidance. It is perfect for those who want to get into shape.
To start using the app, download the free version and if you like it switch to the paid version. The upgraded Fitness Buddy offers more exercises, videos and body metrics tracking. You will be able to check the results of your workout program, compare it with your previous stats and check body metrics (bodyweight, fat percentage) to see the improvement. Easy in use, simple and comprehensive, it will help you to achieve your fitness goals and perfect form.
30 Day Fitness Challenge
Following the success of 30 Day Fitness Challenge website, Foamy Media Ltd introduced the $1.99 mobile application in a bid to lure new fitness amateurs who need a proper guide to their everyday workout.
Set your goals, follow the schedule and reap the fruits in as little as 30 days. The app features the timer for smoother exercise control, dozens of preset programs, intensity control (easy, normal and hard modes), video tutorials describing the perfect way to workout and a reminder that will give you no excuses for skipping the training.
The 30 Day Fitness Challenges app also boasts simple interface to ease the use.
If you are a great walker MapMyWalk encourages you to track and map your daily walking activity.
It is a helpful app for those who walk on a regular basis for exercise, walk their dogs or simply want to track and improve walking habits. Interactive GPS tracking will help you to know where you are walking and all the information about your walks.
Also you can join the MapMyWalk community and if you are ready to take your success to public, there's a chance to compete against other users.
Full Fitness is a guide for those who want to build muscles or lose weight. The app offers more than 200 exercises with photos and instructions.
Different categories of exercises are offered for certain muscle groups or parts of the body, and you can use preset ones or assemble exercises yourself. Stretching, cardio and aerobic exercises are also available.
FitStar doesn't require any equipment, just your body and desire to get better. FitStar offers you to follow Tony Gonzalez, former football player and a trainer who is a fitness star.
Wherever you go Tony will be with you through phone and you will be able to stay fit without boring exercises. You lose weight and become stronger with a variety of workouts. Premium packages provide you with extended workouts and exercises. Upon completion of the assignments the app asks to mark them as 'too easy, 'just right' or 'brutal' and answer how long did you keep up.
Depending on your answers the app will help you achieve your goals more efficiently.
Up by Jawbone
Up is rather a fitness system than just an app supervising your workout. And you can use it with a fitness tracker or without it.
This is a guide that aims at helping you to improve your habits and become healthier.
The app's Smart Coach monitors your eating habits, diet, sleep hours and activity. With its fitness band-tied counterpart you can achieve more as it gives you many options. Up can be integrated with a number of other apps.
Daily Yoga is an app which combines yoga guide, yoga poses, HD videos, voice guide, music for yoga and forum chatting.
Sessions include various yoga exercises for different body parts and different purposes. The premium version offers much more poses and can schedule your workouts or set goals to achieve.
Daily Yoga, installed on your phone, saves you time and money as you don’t need to attend yoga classes and can start doing all the stretching on your own.
Runtastic is an extremely popular app among people who are keen on running. Users can track various metrics: distance, pace, time, speed, duration, and calories burned.
That gives you a chance to set goals and track your improvement. GPS technology allows people who are running, jogging, biking or walking to reach their goals.
You can compete with yourself, improving results, get support from your friends who can see your achievements and maps with the distance covered if you share your results to social networks. It doesn’t matter if you are an amateur or a marathon runner, Runtastic is a very useful app.