5 Must Have Health & Fitness Apps for iPhone & iPad
At least 19 percent of iPhone or iPad users install fitness apps, and of that 19 percent, 40 percent of them say they use their fitness apps for goal motivation. Whether you’re trying to increase your strength or training for a marathon, there are fitness apps available to help you meet any one of your goals. These are five apps that are great at helping you keep your goals, track your data, and try new things.
Couch to 5K
Looking to get yourself in shape for a charity run? This helpful app comes with virtual coaches, motivational mantras, a music player where you can load your favorite workout songs, and a progress tracker that can show you how far you’ve come. The app works to get you 5K-ready in just nine weeks.
Weight training is a good goal, but it can get complicated if you don’t know what you’re doing. This app keeps your training simple. Set a calendar for your workouts, record your progress, and the app will tell you if you’re neglecting any of the basic muscle groups, so you’ll always know where to work next. It’s available for all iOS products, so download it onto your iPad SIM card and start working out!
Nike Training Club
One of the best things about this app is that it is maintained consistently, with new features and options being added all the time. Choose your goals and your skill level, and the app will choose a Nike-approved workout for you. Choose a musical soundtrack, input your long-term goal, and get working. It’s perfect for beginners who aren’t sure where to start.
This works as a pedometer on your phone, but while most pedometers can’t measure your steps if it’s in your purse or your pocket, this one can. No need to awkwardly buckle it into your belt. It’s a great way to make sure you keep moving even if you can’t get to the gym. Unfortunately, it’s iPhone only right now, so users of Bell.ca Android phones will have to find something else.
Endomondo Sports Tracker
If you work out best when there’s a social component, look into Endomondo. Connect with your friends and share your progress or invite them to come jogging and cycling with you. It easily connects to all your social networks for one-step sharing.
We use our phones for so many things these days. It’s no surprise that we should start using our phones for fitness as well. Using these apps, we can start living smarter, healthier, and stronger. Technology has reinvented the way we view fitness. Many claim it’s transformed us into couch potatoes, but the right technology can help change us back.