Adding an App to Your Fitness Goals
There’s no better time to get in shape than the present. Those aren’t just words of encouragement; it’s literally true. In 2019, we’ve got access to a virtually uncountable amount of apps to help us streamline the workout process as much as possible, just short of having all the jogging and lifting done for us. (But who knows what the future holds!) Some fitness apps are somewhat akin to a gym membership, and have you pay a monthly or yearly fee. However, for our purposes, we’ll be taking a look at some free but still high-quality fitness apps that are only a few taps away.
For weightlifting, check out Stacked and/or Lift Log if you’ve got an iPhone. Both of these apps allow you to track and observe your workouts over time. Stacked will note what sections of your body are being worked, and which need more attention. Lift Log is especially good for keeping track of your weights, sets, and reps, as well as your long-term progress. It’s especially useful for getting and staying motivated, as you’ll be able to see your improvement visualized.
Runners may find some utility in the Trail Run Project or Charity Miles, both available for Android and iOS. The former can give you some insight on suitable trails in your area for running: it’s particularly good for getting you into more natural environments, as opposed to some ordinary city block routes. You can even check out some pictures of any trails you find, as well as figure out the elevation of the route. Charity Miles is rather unique in that it will actually donate money to a charity organization of your choice based on how much walking, running, or biking you do. It’s essentially a generous Fitbit; the app works as a pedometer, and corporate sponsors will donate to one of more than 40 potential charities based on your activity. If the weather’s no good or you just prefer the treadmill, an app called Treadmill Trails (also on iOS and Android) actually provides scenic videos to simulate a more exciting experience. You can play some tunes and go for a jog somewhere on the other side of the world from your own house.
Of course, there’s a wide array of nutrition apps out there to help you with any and all dietary goals. HealthyOut (iOS and Android), for example, can give you information on what the healthier options are at local restaurants. It can be especially helpful if you’re traveling and aren’t as familiar with the menus wherever the road takes you. There’s a variety of calorie counters available too; some popular and highly-rated ones include the Calorie Counter and Food Diary by MyNetDiary, FatSecret Calorie Counter (both available for iOS and Android) and MyFitnessPal by Under Armour. These apps allow you to determine your goals, and help you plan and track your dieting. They can also scan barcodes to give you information on the nutritional value of whatever you might be buying at the grocery store. Their free versions are perfectly useful, but you can also access additional features like advanced meal planning by paying if you so choose.
And finally, there’s a couple of miscellaneous apps out there for your fitness wants and needs. There’s Zenrez (iOS) and Mindbody (Android and iOS), which are designed for finding and booking nearby fitness classes in your area. Zenrez focuses on getting you discounts by searching for available spots in a class the night before that class is set to take place. Mindbody offers additional search functionality for other non-class services, like nutritionists or massage therapists. Today (iOS and Android) is a popular app that’s great for general motivation purposes. Today specializes in keeping track of your daily accomplished tasks and making it incredibly satisfying to keep up with your goals. It can be used for fitness, but it also extends to any other goal you may be working towards as well.
Whatever method you choose, consistency is the key to success. Find whatever method you are most comfortable with, and stick to it!
(The apps in this article are not meant to replace medical professional advice. Use at your own risk and discretion.)