Getting fit is nearly impossible if you view it as a temporary diet. Whatever your goals are, mental or physical fitness, fad diets, quick fixes, and other “overnight tricks”, aren’t effective long term. Creating daily habits and making small lifestyle changes is a crucial part of staying on track to reach your goals.
Gone are the days of keeping a handwritten food journal, and walking around the gym with no idea what to do. Stop stressing and grab your phone. Open the app store, and download some of these apps. Although they can’t do all the hard work for you, they definitely make your journey a bit easier.
Whether you’re eating out, making food at home, or stopping by Starbucks for a quick snack; this app has it all. MyFitnessPal has a database of more than 5 million foods, a barcode scanner, and recipe importer. You can track macros, water intake, exercise, and even specific nutrients. This FREE app (yep, all this for free) even keeps you accountable, sending notifications when you forget to log your food. No wonder it’s one of the top rated fitness apps in the iTunes store.
Let’s face it, when we first start hitting the gym, more than likely we have no idea what we are doing. Hop on a treadmill and run until you can’t breathe. Yeah this is a great way to get your heart rate up, but doing it time after time can get boring. Aaptiv helps to keep things interesting. The app has treadmill workouts, cycling, outdoor running, abs, yoga, stretching and even maternity specific workouts. Aaptiv has tons of different workout options recorded with a trainer to motivate you, with music to keep you going. It’s only $10 a month, way cheaper than an actual personal trainer. If you aren’t ready to commit to a monthly membership, they offer a free trial.
Couch to 5K
New to exercise? This one’s for you. This app features a training program to help take you from the couch to finishing their 5k race. No, you won’t be running 10 miles a day every day. Just 30 minutes per day, three times a week, for 9 weeks. It’s that simple.
Being chased by zombies? Speed up! There’s no better motivation than getting eaten alive. Hear the mission and intense background music through your headphones. Along the way, you’ll collect supplies to rebuild your base and help navigate the zombie apocalypse! The 200 missions will keep you busy and works with all different types of cardio. You can walk, jog, run; all while being either outside, inside, or even at the gym. Most runs last 20- 30 minutes, but you can create your own missions for customized interval training.
Boosting your mood through an app? It may sound too good to be true, but Happify claims to help people improve their emotional well-being. First, you start out with a quiz so the app can identify your happiness levels. From there you go on one of the suggested tracks. These tracks include things like: finding your calling, building a stronger marriage, stopping the worry cycle, and even controlling anger. The tracks include activities and games that are designed to teach you skills to help you reach that goal. Does it work? According to the 2,000 near perfect reviews on the app store, some people say it really does.
Starting out as a YouTuber, fitness professional Cassey Ho gained mad success, with over 3.9 million subscribers. Her user friendly app is free, taking you to both the gym and the kitchen. Follow her monthly workout calendarand diet plan to kick start your healthy lifestyle.
H*nest Meditation App
According to one review in the app store “Best f*ing $2 you’ll evah spend!” This app isn’t for everyone. But if you love throwing around the f-bomb, you may have found your perfect way to unwind. Unlike other meditation apps, this one comes with a hefty portion of four-letter words and helps you release your inner anger against the world. It has 2,5,10 and 15 minute sessions, all to keep you on your toes and giggling on the way.
The running feature on the popular music streaming app, Spotify is helpful to keep both your pace and motivation high while out on your run. The first screen prompts you to run at a steady pace, where the running tempo is turned into beats per minute. The tracks are based off of the songs you’ve listened to before, leaving you with a customized running playlist of your favorites that allows you to run faster and harder. They even introduced Running Originals, tracks that change tempo based on your running tempo.
About The Author
Edgar Den Uijl is a content writer and active health marketing manager at Libbera. He loves soccer and is a huge fan of professional wrestling.
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