In the realm of fitness and weight loss, your smartphone can be an invaluable tool for newbies and gym buffs alike. Whether you’re on a mission to quickly shed some of that leftover winter weight or are simply trying to maintain a simple before-work routine, the right fitness app can help. Check out these six free apps that promise to keep you motivated, toned and excessively well informed about your own health.
As far as notoriety goes, FitBit takes the cake; (or something more healthy than cake … takes the carrot?). In addition to tracking your steps, the app helps you log and track your caloric consumption, your water intake, your weight, your blood pressure and glucose levels, and even the quality of your sleep cycle.
As a bonus, FitStar, an app that creates personalized workout routines based on the user’s fitness level, was purchased by Fitbit in 2015 and now works in conjunction with some FitBit devices.
Nike Training Club
This app comes programmed with over 100 instructor-narrated audio and video demonstrations for all fitness levels. The app also lets you access a four-week training program, (again, available for all levels of ability).
The Johnson & Johnson Official 7-Minute Workout App
Perfect for parents who don’t have time to get to the gym between work and soccer carpool, this app provides guided workouts that require no more than a chair and 11 minutes; (seven minutes for the actual workout and four for the warm up and cool down). Workouts available vary in intensity and are suitable for all fitness levels.
While this app fulfills all the standard fitness app requirements, (step tracking, distance walked, calories burned), it differs from the rest by offering users personalized feedback based on their tracked activity. The app also offers food, drink and mood tracking.
The primary focus of this app is making users aware of their nutritional and caloric consumption. You can use the app to scan barcodes on prepackaged food to determine nutrition and calories or choose from the company’s database of preprogrammed information, and subsequently track your eating habits. As an added plus, MyFitnessPal can also sync with other popular apps, such as FitBit and Jawbone Up.
And because no workout is complete without a carefully selected pump-up mix, there’s also Spotify Running.
You’ve probably heard of the music app, Spotify, but have you heard of Spotify Running? Spotify Running is a built-in feature, (you can find it in the “browse” section of the Spotify app), that can gage the pace that you run and automatically select songs that match your pace.