Smartphones – Where would we be without them? We live in a world where we’re constantly using them to text, call and check out Lifespan’s latest Facebook update. Have you ever considered your smartphone – not as a blatant distraction – but rather a companion to keep you fit and healthy? Think of your smartphone as your own personal fitness buddy – your motivation.
Apple’s iTunes store offers us thousands of health and fitness apps that are ready to be downloaded right before our fingertips. The beauty of this? There’s an abundance of free trials available to test out and try before you pay to buy the full version of the app. In today’s post, we are going to assist you with all of your short and long term fitness goals with our top 10 list of fitness apps. These apps will keep you motivated and challenge you – oh, and they’ll definitely help keep you in shape.
1. Fitness Buddy – Cost: $1.99
At the small price of just under a two dollar coin, you are buying yourself a fitness Bible that presents over 1,700 exercises and over 1,000 HD videos as well as photos and animations to match each workout. Fitness Buddy has easy, detailed instructions to ensure you are doing each exercise correctly without harming yourself. What we find great about this app is that it has routines that are pre-tailored to suit your personal goals and equipment available.
2. 7 Minute Workout Challenge – Cost: $1.99
For those with a busy lifestyle due to kids or work, it’s hard to find a minute to workout? The 7 Minute Workout Challenge App has become a big hit – workout anytime, anywhere in just 7 minutes! This app features 12 different exercises, each done for 30 seconds with a 10 second rest period. This high intensity workout is equivalent to a one-hour session, so, what are you waiting for?
3. FitJourney – Cost: Free
This app is your go-to fitness diary. FitJourney lets you track how your body is changing with real results. You are able to monitor your weight with not only a number but a visual progress picture of yourself. We all have those photos saved throughout our phone but this app allows you to see exactly when the photos were taken. This is a great app for bodybuilders – but is also effective for those looking to make a drastic change to their physical appearance.
4. BMI Calculator – Cost: Free
Have you ever wondered what your body mass index is? This simple app works out how much body fat you have considering your age and height and whether you’re underweight, average or obese.
5. Strava Cycling – GPS Biking and Riding Route Tracker – Cost: Free
This app is an essential to any cyclist. It tracks on a map where you have ridden, your distance, speed, elevation, calories burned and even your heart rate. Like a challenge? See how you compete with friends and other locals and discover the best routes to ride in your area!
6. RunKeeper Pro – Cost: Free
RunKeeper Pro allows you to track all of your runs, bike rides, walks and hikes all in one. See the distance you traveled, the pace and time with voice coaching through your headphones, this app will keep you on track and motivated throughout your entire workout.
7. Abs Workout – Cost: Free
Abs don’t just appear overnight, it takes hard work and dedication. Abs Workout offers a 4 week program that assists you in gaining those thick abs you’ve always wanted. With the ability to add notifications, you’ll never miss another workout! This workout can easily be added into your gym routine with video’s showing you exactly what to do – be consistent and you’ll see results in no time.
8. FoodSwitch – Cost: Free
This is one of the greatest food apps that we’ve came across! When you’re in the supermarket doing your grocery shopping, it is a good idea to have this app close at hand. With three simply easy steps, all you have to do is scan the barcode of your chosen product, the app will then show you healthier choices that are similar to that food, choose the healthier option and off you go! For those who are gluten intolerant, this app can tell you if a packaged product contains any gluten so no more mistakes!
9. iTreadmill – Cost: $1.99
Have you ever wondered how many steps you take throughout your average day? This app allows you to see how many steps you have taken, the distance, calories burned and your average speed! All you have to do is turn the app on, put your phone in your pocket and go ahead with the rest of your day!
10. Daily Yoga – Cost: Free
This yoga app features videos, voice instructions and background music. This app has 18 different yoga sessions that focus on different parts of the body with various difficulty levels. This app will make you feel as though you are attending a real life yoga class, so, turn down the lights, lay out your yoga mat and enjoy!