Want to Stay Fit? Make These 5 Fitness Apps Your Companion
Health and fitness are usually on everyone’s mind. If you are trying to shed those extra kilos from your body or lose a few inches from your waist, fitness apps can really help. As staying fit is a daily habit one needs to cultivate, there is no better companion than a smartphone app which always stays with you on your mobile phone. After all, in the age when smartphone apps have become our companion for the most part of the day, why not take their advantage to stay healthy?
While there are countless apps available in the Google Play or Apple App Store, here are five top rated apps that can help you stay fit irrespective of whether you hit the gym or not.
A good workout is essential to keep yourself fit. However, a clean and proper diet is much more important to keep yourself healthy. HealthifyMe is one such app which helps you attain your fitness goals by tracking your food intake and calories burnt. The product is said to have been developed by doctors, nutritionists and fitness trainers.
The app can be considered the Indian version of MyFitnessPal. This means that the app has been developed with Indian food habits and body types in mind. With HealthifyMe, you can track your calorie, protein, fiber and micro-nutrients intake as well. Not only that, but the app also helps you track most workouts from regular jogging to a circuit training. Additionally, the app provides several health tips, healthy recipes, the option to maintain a journal and much more. The app can also be paired with other fitness apps and wearable.
Both free and premium versions of the app are available and can be downloaded from the Google Play and the Apple iStore.
MapMyFitness is another smartphone app that helps you map all your activities such as food intake, your workout, journey and much more. The app features a large selection of activities including walking, running, and cycling. It uses your mobile GPS to track all your fitness activities. You can record your exercise details including distance, speed, time taken, route traveled and calories burned on an interactive app.
Besides tracking your activities, the app provides you with various training plans, workouts, and a calorie calculator. MapMyFitness has partnered with MyFitnessPal to help you track not only your calorie intake but also your nutrition consumption.
You can download the free app on Android and iOS. The premium membership comes with a lot more features such as audio coaching, live tracking, personal training plans, and heart-rate analysis.
This was one of the top-ranked apps on Men’s Fitness online magazine for the year 2016 and still one of the best apps around. The app, whose main target population is veteran athletes and fitness professionals, takes a holistic approach to workouts. The app’s library has more than 170 exercises, and helps you build and share custom workout routines. The best part is that you don’t need special equipment to work out while using this app.
The app is available both in the ‘Lite’ and ‘Pro’ versions. The ‘Lite’ version is free to download and was considered one of the most robust of the free fitness-related apps. It was also topped ARC’s rankings of all-round health and fitness apps. The ‘Pro’ version provides additional features such as accessing your complete workout history and saving your custom workouts. The app can be downloaded both on Android and iOS.
Maintaining good health is incomplete without proper relaxation. A calm mind is absolutely necessary for a healthy body. Calm, another top app on men’s health provides soothing natural sounds such as crashing waves, mountain lakes and babbling brooks. The app also has a suite of guided meditations if you are interested. The best part of Calm is its desktop iteration. The app is free to download and is available on Android and iOS.
7 Minutes Workout
This is an app specifically created for those who cannot afford to spend 30-45 minutes a day at the gym working out or in a park jogging. The 7-minute workout is exactly what it sounds like. With the help of this app, it will take you only seven minutes a day (add about 3-5 minutes extra to warm up and cool down) to complete your workout and burn that stubborn fat off your belly. The app uses a special type of workout known as High-Intensity Circuit Training (HICT) which is known to incinerate fat throughout the day even when you are resting.
The app provides you with several 7-minute workout videos that help you lose your belly fat and overall weight without having to step out of the house. And what’s more? You don’t even need any special equipment to do these exercises. All you need is your own bodyweight. Now, if seven minutes a day doesn’t sound doable, we are not sure what is.
The app is available both on Android and iOS.
So, make the best use of technology and use these fitness apps as your companion to stay healthy and fit.
© 2019 Karthik Kashyap