While modern technology can’t make you slim and trim, there are apps to help stay fit. These apps vary from helping you track your exercise to counting all the calories you’ve consumed or identifying the healthiest choices when shopping for food. Some apps come with a “healthy” price tag, while others are free or at a nominal cost. You might find getting fit is not only easier with their help, it can also be a lot more fun.
Keep your HIIT workout going with this simple app.
Seconds is a handy timer for Tabata, HIIT and circuit training, but it’s also so much more than that. Not only does it come with templates for traditional interval programs, you can customize it to fit your needs. If you need to combine timers or loop them, that’s also possible. There’s no need to memorize your workout either. It not only displays the name of the next interval, it speaks it, too. You can even have it give you a heads up on the next exercise, to let you prepare for it.
Sworkit is just one of the many workout apps.
There are a number of different workout apps available that help you create a workout program those days on the go when going to the gym is impossible. While they have some great benefits, such as getting access to a workout program anywhere, custom built workouts and a lot of variety, they have some short comings too. You can’t adjust Sworkit based on your progress and there’s no way to tell if you have the proper form. I like apps like these as a supplement for my clients and help them create a workout program with the exercises they’ve conquered for days they can’t make it to the gym or days I don’t work with them. As their fitness level improves, we adjust the program, or programs, together.
Fooducate helps you learn how to eat healthier.
Just put it on your phone and get ready to shop. The Fooducate app does the work for you. Fooducate is free. While it won’t count calories, it does rate food from A+ to D- based on all type of things from sugar levels, trans fats and other things. It also provides better options to your choice. Just scan the barcode or look the food up by name to get a rating. You can also choose a food by food category, such as “Popular” or “Top Rated.” For instance, if you want a whole grain bread for healthy eating, they’re not all alike. One whole wheat bread may have a B- rating because of extra salt or additives, while a old-fashioned oatmeal bread or brown rice bread might get an A+ based on all the ingredients it contains and other health benefits.
- If you want to get the maximum benefit from your workout, consider Charity Miles. It tracks your distance and corporate sponsors donate to charity based on your activity. If you’re biking, each mile gets 10 cents for the charity you chose. For walking and running, it’s 25 cents.
- The Johnson & Johnson 7 minute workout can fill in the void on those super rushed days when you simply don’t have more time. Something is always better than nothing.
- Getting your mind right and alleviating stress is part of the battle to a healthier you. Try the app, Stress and Anxiety Companion, to help you do it.
- It’s easy to fail to see that you’re consuming far more calories than you need. MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter can help you do it. With a database of six million foods, all you have to do is fill in the food and serving size to see how many calories, fat grams, carbs and protein you ate. It lets you know how many calories you have left for the day.