One of the major benefits of smartphones is how great they are at keeping us organized in our daily lives. We can literally use them for everything, including scheduling meetings, keeping in contact with work and family, and most importantly, keeping us healthy.
A recent study from Nielsen’s Mobile NetView 3.0 Software revealed that one-third of US smartphone owners purchased apps in the fitness and health category. Fitness apps are a convenient way to keep us on track, stay motivated, and help take away a lot of guesswork about diet and exercise goals. These apps can be especially helpful for those of us using the 21 Day Fix, they will help track your fitness progress.
Here are some of today’s most popular apps to try:
MyFitnessPal is one of the most popular apps when it comes to monitoring diet and exercise. The food journal allows you to keep track of your daily caloric intake, and with the ability to choose foods from a library of previously entered selections, or the option create your own entry. This feature allows you to track every aspect of your nutrition.
This app is also great at allowing you to create individual plans based on your desired weight goals, and activity levels. At the end of each day’s food and activity log, the app will tell you approximately how long it will take to reach your end goals, continuing with your current methods. This app is favored for its immediate feedback and the ability to reach out to others who are on their own fitness journey through forums.
The 7 Minute Workout
The 7 Minute Workout app is one of the most popular fitness apps in the world. This app ensures even the busiest person gets in their daily recommended activity levels. The 7 Minute Workout focuses on high-intensity interval training to help you reach your goals.
This app is for those who want to put in maximum effort, while using the minimum amount of time. There is no doubt you will sweat during the seven minutes you are working out. Recent studies show that working out for short periods of time at your maximum level is comparable to long runs or bike rides, which makes this app ideal for those who want quick results, but are short on time. Although these are not easy workouts, they are easy to integrate into your everyday activities.
Couch to 5K
Couch to 5K is a great app for beginners who want to embark on the journey of running. Couch to 5K is based on the idea of interval running. You begin a nine-week workout plan at a slow, steady pace. The app is designed to prompt you for three runs per week, which get progressively harder.
Each workout runs you approximately thirty minutes, and by the end of the nine weeks you will be prepared to run a full 5K marathon, without stopping. The GPS feature of the app is great, and lets you see your progress in distance and speed over time. If you need additional motivation, you will enjoy the option to add you ITunes collection into the app to serenade your run!
Simply Yoga is a great tool to use to gain flexibility and strength without having to pay costly class fees. Audio and video instruction accompany twenty, forty, and sixty minute routines. With over sixty poses, and the ability to customize your routine, this app is great for individuals who have a basic understanding of proper Yoga technique, but do not want to be tied to a teacher or a classroom.
If you are a true beginner at Yoga, it may be beneficial to get some Beginner Yoga DVD’s and practice at home first, so that you understand proper alignment and posture, however once you are on your way, this app is the ideal replacement for a live instructor.
Sworkit is a great app for those who like variability in their routine and customized workout plans. This app allows you to choose which type of routine you want to complete. You can choose from options like strength, Yoga, cardio, or stretching exercises.
You also can customize the length of time set aside for your workout with increments as little as five minutes. Once your preferences are selected the app delivers your personalized routine. Sworkit has over two hundred different exercises, which can all be compiled into your favorite custom workout “playlists”, making this app a true personal trainer.