Do you use apps to help you workout? Or track your workouts?
I have been using a few different fitness apps over the past few years, but have found a couple that I love and wanted to share with you. Oh, and most of these are free! You can pay for an upgraded version but I have not done that on any – they work just as well in the free version!
Apps are a great way to track your workouts, find new workouts, or try something new. I’m going to list a few that I’ve used, and then a few that I found via Google that I would like to try. I’ll link to the iTunes store, since most have iPhones, even though I’m on the Android side now
What I’ve Used
RunKeeper is my go-to running app. You can play music through the app, and I just set it and forget it. You can set up audio cues for when you want it to tell you how far you have gone (i.e. – every mile, every 2 miles). You can also have it tell you your distance based on the time you’ve been running (i.e. – every 10 minutes it tells you your distance). I have it set so that every 1 mile it tells me my average pace. The one thing I wish it did was tell me my current pace, like my Garmin watch does. It has a “current pace” feature but it is way off sometimes. You can also set up workouts, so that it will tell you to run hard for 20 seconds, then cue you when to jog, then start again (did that make sense). Lastly, it has various training plans you can use from 5K training to marathon training.
I use this app for tracking my nutrition. It’s so simple and straightforward. They have a huge list of foods that you can search, but if you can’t find a specific thing, you just scan the barcode on the food item. You can set calorie goals for the day, depending on if you tell the app how much weight you want to lose by a certain amount of time. You can also just put that you want to “maintain” weight. I like using it so I can track my macronutrients and make sure I’m getting enough protein, carbs and fat. I wrote a more in-depth review here.
You may have heard of GymBoss timers (like physical timers). Trainers use them in videos because they beep whenever your interval is up, as opposed to looking at your phone or watch every few seconds. Well, there’s an app for that! I’m sure there are plenty of interval timer apps but I really liked this one. You set up your intervals and it beeps every time an interval is over, and every time you need to start a new interval. You can repeat the sets for however long you want it to go for. You can save each workout you do so that you don’t have to re-set everything up each time you need it. The only downside is I think when you lock your phone it won’t beep, so make sure you turn the lock screen off.
If you’re looking for workouts to do, then this is a great app for you. You can pick from different goals, such as Get Lean, Get Toned, Get Strong, Get Focused. I personally don’t know the difference between get lean or get toned but I digress…
You put in whether you want beginner, intermediate or advanced, and what you want to train, and it will crunch out a workout for you. It gives you pictures for demonstrations and tells you how many reps/how long to do the exercise for. Great for when you’re at the gym and not really sure what to do!
Here are a few other apps that I found, or that I have had friends rave about.
This is another running app similar to RunKeeper. I haven’t used it but I think most people either use RunKeeper or MapMyRun. Looks like MapMyRun is compatible with the UnderArmour heart rate monitor which is pretty cool. Try each one out to see which one you like best!
Yet another running app. I actually know a lot of people who use this one too. It tracks your runs, but is also a community. You can do “challenges” with other people, and it also gives you training plans depending on your goals. The cool thing I like about it (that I’ve seen a lot on Instagram) is you can choose a photo and then overlay your Nike+ stats over it, so you can post on social media. Like this:
I actually used this when I had an iPhone. It’s not a fitness app per se, but it’s good to know how much you’re sleeping and whether it’s restful or not. Jury is out on whether it is reliable data or not, but it is pretty cool to try out. It did correspond to when I’d wake up in the middle of the night and stuff. It analyzes your sleep and then wakes you up when you’re in the lightest phase of sleep (as opposed to in a REM cycle). You set your alarm for a 30 minute period, so that it will wake you up within that time frame.
I love Cassey from Blogilates, so I had to throw this in here. I didn’t get a chance to download her app when I had an iPhone, but I need to check if there is one for Android. (Update: It is available in the Google Play store). You can access her videos through the app, along with recipes, her community and her monthly workout calendar. If you’re not familiar with her, check out her YouTube channel! She’s always so vibrant and positive, it’s hard for it to not rub off on you while you’re doing her workouts. Also, they burn.
I’m sure I’m forgetting a few, but these are the apps I use the most, as well as others I’ve heard about. I always love downloading new apps and experimenting, so if I have one to add to the list, I’ll make sure to write an updated post!
Which health and fitness apps do you use?
Do you use something not on this list? I want to know so I can download it!
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