Five Rocking Fitness Apps

BreakingModern — Ready for a change? Do it. In honor of a “new year” (new school year, that is), I have compiled a list of my five favorite fitness apps. Check them out.

Five Fitness Apps

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1. Lose It

Lose It is an intuitive and easy-to-use app to track what you eat. Using its database of foods, you log what you’ve eaten that day (i.e. a peanut butter sandwich for lunch, an apple as a snack, etc.) and it inputs the caloric and nutritional content of the items. If you have a particular weight you’d like to be, Lose It provides you a caloric recommendation to help you attain that goal. For example, if you’d like to lose 0.5 lbs a week to get to your goal weight, the app adjusts your recommended caloric intake to aid you in losing weight. What is safe and healthy for you is determined by their calculations — you input your age, height and weight, so it’s ensured that you are losing weight at a healthy rate. It’s free on Google Play and Apple iOS.

2. Rock My Run

Let’s face it — going for a run isn’t always fun. Rock My Run is a music app designed to help you keep your stride. It lets you choose your favorite genre(s) and then creates “workout-focused high-energy mixes” just for you. You can adjust the tempo/BPM to complement the pace at which you’d like to work out. Rock My Run is a handy tool to keep both the beat and your heart pumpin’. It’s free on Google Play.

3. Water Your Body

Keeping hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your body. Water is essential in maintaining healthy bodily functions. It increases your energy, can lessen the urge to consume empty calories and can helps keep your complexion clear. It’s astonishing how few of us are getting the H2O we need. Water Your Body uses your weight to recommend how much water you should be consuming per day. It also takes into consideration how hot the day is and how much physical activity you’ve had, adjusting your recommended intake accordingly. To top it off, the app periodically provides reminders to help make sure you’re hydrated throughout the day. It’s free on Google Play.

4. Map My Walk

Map My Walk is a handy-dandy little tool you can use as an amped-up version of a regular pedometer. The app tracks how many calories you’ve burned during your walk, your pace (km/hr) and how far you’ve gone. It also shows an actual map that traces the route you’ve just taken — a neat visual of your trek. Map My Walk does more than just track walks and runs: you can input a variety of exercises (like push-ups, bike riding and more) and it tracks your calories burned for those activities as well. If you need an extra push while on the go, you can turn on “Coaching” to give you reminders and encourage you to keep going. This feature, however, is only available as a paid add-on. For the basics, though, Map My Walk is free on Google Play.

5. Workout Trainer

If you’ve ever wanted to get in shape, but didn’t know where to start, Workout Trainer is the app for you. With hundreds of workout tutorials, there is an activity for everyone. You can choose the areas of your body you would like to target specifically, such as your core or your legs, and it will provide you suggested workouts accordingly. You’re able to input your experience level, so if you’re a novice, you won’t be inundated with heavy-duty workout suggestions. Lastly, you let the app know how much time you want to dedicate to working out, and it creates plans and sets goals to suit your needs. The best part? It’s free on Google Play and Apple iOS!

Whether you’re setting a “new year’s” resolution or just want to get in shape, these health and fitness apps will help keep you on track all year ’round.

For BreakingModern, I’m Justine Crawford.

Header Image: Acro Yoga Flash Mob by Earl McGehee - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Justine Crawford

Author: Justine Crawford

Justine hails from British Columbia and has a voracious appetite for knowledge (and for baked goods). She has a penchant for puns and for all things fun -- when she's not making groan-worthy jokes, you can find her snapping photos, jamming with friends, enjoying live music, and exploring the trails of beautiful western Canada.

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