At the start of a new year, many people like to reevaluate their health and fitness goals. It is a great time to take a step back and think about where you want to be and how you want to push yourself in 2018. The great thing about technology literally being at our fingertips is that there are many phone apps to keep you accountable and guide you through your exercises. I have tried many programs, but this post will take you through my top 4 favorite health and fitness apps. A bonus, my favorite apps are all FREE to download.
My 4 Favorite Health and Fitness Apps
- Nike Training
- Map My Run
- My Fitness Pal
I have recently started using the Nike Training app and I really like how customizable it is. To get started, you answer a few basic questions to give you featured workouts based on your activity level. You can find workouts by muscle group, workout type, no-equipment, length, by athlete and more. There are also plans, like “Lean Fit” or “Weight training” that will help you accomplish specific goals over a 4-8 week period. It also tracks all of your workouts and activity in one place so you can see your progress. Whether you are a beginner or pro, I recommend this app to step up your fitness.
Map My Run
The name of this app is pretty self-explanatory, but it offers more than just tracking your running routes. You can use one of their training plans if you have an upcoming race or create your own training schedule. You can set goals and even track shoe wear. It uses GPS tracking to map your runs to give you the total distance and your mile splits. For some healthy competition, you can set up challenges with friends. If you are a runner, I would definitely give Map My Run a try.
My Fitness Pal
Switching gears a little bit, My Fitness Pal will help you stay on track with your nutrition. You can input your total calorie goal for the day and add the food you eat to make sure you are staying within your limit. You can also set weightloss goals and goals for your macronutrient intake (protein, carbs, and fat). The app has a scanner to read barcodes on food packages to make input even easier. You can set personal goals, connect other apps (like Map My Run and Fitbit) to take into account calories burned during exercise, and get recipe ideas. This app is really great to hold you accountable and show the breakdown of nutrients you are intaking.
I check my Fitbit app at least once a day to see my activity. I really try hard to reach my daily step goal and look at the calories I have burned through exercising. One of my favorite things about the app is that it tracks my sleep duration and restlessness to see the quality of my sleep. You can also input your weight, food and water intake for tracking. Within the app, you can challenge friends and earn badges for the steps you have taken. Finally, you can set alarms that will vibrate your Fitbit to wake you up, instead of an alarm clock. It is a simple app that does most of the work for you.
What are some of the health and fitness apps you use?
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