Friday, June 24, 2016

My Favorite Apps for Fitness and Health

Last week I posted about my necessity apps but this week I want to get a little deeper into what I use my phone for the most: fitness. I keep my phone on me all day, even while at the gym. Most of the time, I'm tracking my fitness on some kind of app.

There are plenty of apps that help track distance, calories, water, and exercise. Whether you are just starting your fitness journey or looking for something new, I'm sure that you'll enjoy some of these suggestions.

The apps that I commonly use are:

  • Sweat by Kayla: I preach by the Kayla Itsine's workout. It not only helped me lose weight (~10 pounds), it helped me tone up and gain strength. I finished BBG 1.0 and will be redoing 1.0 with a friend starting soon. Having the app on your phone is great because it comes with built in challenges, exercise timer, and a calendar with notification to remind you to workout. The app itself is free, but you will have to pay for the membership ($19.99/month). It's totally worth it though.
  • Nike+ Running: Nike+ is a free app that I use to track my runs. It syncs with Facebook, so it's easy to connect with friends. It also has a "coach" tool if you are training for a specific race, I have used it for 5Ks, my 10K and I plan to use it for my upcoming half marathon.
  • Apple Health: Obviously this is only an app for Apple users. I like Apple Health for tracking my weight. (I weigh myself every day, I enjoy the downward trend.) It also syncs all the fitness apps that I use together so I can see all my data in one place.
  • Apple Watch Activity: Another app for Apple users, specifically Apple Watch users. Since I got my Apple Watch in February, my goal has been to get all the "circles" every day. Definitely a great motivation. I can't wait for the update when they allow friend challenges!
  • Lifesum: Lifesum is very similar to MyFitnessPal. It tracks your food, water, and fitness. I prefer Lifesum because it syncs better with my Apple Watch and it gives me "grades" on my meals. The only downside is that the food database is very limited.
  • C25K: If you want to train for a 5K, this app is a great way to start. It trains in run/walk intervals to build up your stamina. You can do it!

Other apps that I recommend are:

  • MyFitnessPal: Even though I have Lifesum, I use MFP occasionally for calorie counting, because the food database is very vast and you can add your own data. 
  • Fitbit: I used to be "Team Fitbit" until I became "Team Apple Watch". The app was great though, so if you are looking for a cheaper fitness tracker, this is the way to go.
  • MapMyRun: MapMyRun is made by the same developers as MyFitnessPal, which means it's great. If you like to run outside or on trails, this is great because you can share your path with others who run in your area. 
  • Glow: Glow is great for tracking your period. I've found the predictions to be very accurate. It's also a great log for tracking moods, headaches, weight, and your sexual life. Everything that a lady should be tracking.
  • Argus: I tried this app for a couple days because it's new and advertised as a way for Apple and Fitbit users to connect, but right now it's not up to the level I want it to me (AKA it doesn't sync with Apple Watches). I'll keep watching it develop though because the interface is so cool. Maybe one day it will work for me.
  • My Water Balance: There are a lot of apps that will track your water, but this one is the best (in my opinion.) There is the option to add other drinks such as coffee, tea, juice, alcohol, and it adds (or takes away, in the case of alcohol) whatever water content that the beverage has. It also can remind you throughout the day to drink.

Whether you use your app to track your workout, or to tell you what to do, using your phone at the gym is not a crime (unless you are talking on the phone for a really long time, that's a little rude).

My questions for you, the reader: Do you have any fitness apps that you love that I haven't listed? I'd love to know!

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