The warmer weather has given a glimpse of summer and with it a renewed desire to get fit and tone up. New Year’s Resolutions might feel like they were made back in the Dark Ages but with a host of apps designed to integrate technology and lifestyle your smartphone can help you get into shape.
Fitness apps can guide you through workouts, can help monitor your progress as well as suggesting recipe ideas to promote healthy eating. Here are just some of the best ones:
Endomondo Sports Tracker
If your fitness regime is about getting out and about whether going for a jog or a bike ride then this is the app for you. It uses GPS to give you a Google Map view of your running route while helping you time each run or ride. The free version can also be upgraded to a paid version that integrates with your social networks and provides heart rate monitoring.
Endomondo is also available for BlackBerry and iPhone.
Tthis app is ideal for those whose workout is based around cardio or toning exercises like Pilates. It contains hundreds of different exercises that can be reworked for different workout sessions. The app includes anatomical maps so you can identify which part of your body you want to work on, you can even upload pictures to show the progress of your fitness regime.
This nutrition scanner is available for both Android and iPhone. Scan the food items barcode you are eating and it will give you the nutritional information including the levels of different vitamins and how healthy it is. Using the scanned information the app will compare the snack you’re eating and provide alternatives that might be healthier. Ideal if you bring it with you while shopping, but not great if you’re already half-way through the fatty food. A simple app that helps you make basic changes to your diet.
Eat This, Not That
This is another app that helps you make healthier eating choices. More a game than an app it is also available for iPhone. It shows two different products and you have to guess which is the healthiest. The products are usually quite similar and are a good way of educating about the hidden calories in different types of food, making you make better and healthier choices.
Nike Training App
Only available on the iPhone this app gives you all the knowledge and experience of Nike professionals providing a personal fitness plan and workout schedule, much like a personal trainer would. There are different apps to choose from and you just log in your requirements, the level you’re at, the abilities you have and any goals you want to set yourself. The apps are designed especially for women.
It’s always everyone’s goal to get fitted and healthier. Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the new HTC One S are not just useful bits of technology but can be interwoven to fit your lifestyle and help you make healthier food choices as well as plan and stick to a workout schedule.