Finding time to get fit in today’s busy schedule isn’t always easy. Luckily, our “mobile-friendly” world allows us to take our trainer with us wherever we go. Fitness apps for mobile devices like our smart phones are a great way to stay on your fitness routine on-the-move. With so many apps out there available to download, how do you know which is the best?
First, you need to ask yourself “What’s My Goal?” There are many different apps that focus on different areas of health and fitness. Are you trying to…Lose weight? Run your first 5K? Build strength and endurance? Begin the process by identifying what you want to accomplish and you will know what to look for in your app.
Next, determine your style for engagement and tracking. Is it easier for you to enter in your meals and exercise, or do you want an app that tracks these items through other devices (GPS, Heart rate monitor, etc.)?
Also determine whether are you more motivated when you have a partner, trainer or team cheering you on, or if you like to go it alone. Many apps have a “social engagement” function that allows you to share your progress with friends through Facebook and online message boards, as well as get advice and encouragement to keep you working toward your goal.
Below are links to some of the top fitness apps on the market to help you get your healthy lifestyle moving, while you are on-the-move:
Weight Management & Healthy Eating:
Lose It! helps you set a daily calorie budget, track your food and exercise, and stay motivated to make smarter choices and achieve your goal. We think it’s the best, most seamless weight loss system available. Cost: FREE
Fooducate’s scientific algorithms grade each product and provide simple, concise explanations and includes a grading system developed by scientists, dietitians and concerned parents. Cost: FREE
Locavore is the easiest way to find local, in-season food. Pinpoint nearby farmers’ markets & farms that sell the products you love. Discover seasonal recipes. Share it all on Facebook.
Fitness & Exercise:
Your workout, your device, anywhere, anytime. Plan, track, analyze and share your journey with MapMyFitness.
My Fitness Pal
Lose weight with MyFitnessPal, the fastest and easiest-to-use calorie counter for Android/iPhone. With the largest food database of any Android/iPhone calorie counter (over 3,000,000 foods), and amazingly fast food and exercise entry, we’ll help you take those extra pounds off!