iFitness

 Available on: iOS

If you want to monitor or track your fitness and diet goals, using your smartphone is an ideal way to do it. Because your smartphone and apps are always with you, they are a constant reminder to check in on your progress, stay the course, and keep your motivation up. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, eat less or even make time for a seven-minute power workout in your living room, fitness apps can really help you to achieve your goals.

Here’s a guide to some of the best fitness apps on the market for your mobile or tablet.

 

My Fitness Pal

 Available on: Android, iOS

 

‘My Fitness Pal’ is a calorie-counting and exercise-tracking tool that helps users to monitor their diets and fitness levels to ensure they lose weight carefully and healthily. Enter your weight, add in how much weight you want to lose and the tool lets you know how many calories you should eat per day. Plus it has thousands of food options, with calories already laid out for you so all you have to do is add in what you eat or drink in the daily diary and the rest is taken care of for you. Added to this, if you input your activities, it will calculate how many calories your exercise routine burns. A really helpful and motivating app you will love.

 

 

7 Minute Workout

 Available on: Android, iOS

 

 

As featured in the New York Times, the ‘7 Minute Workout’ is considered the best travel fitness app as it can literally be followed anywhere, from your hotel room to the beach. Your minute workout is created according to your fitness levels and there is a workout library with 16 different workouts of various lengths and difficulty. All workouts are illustrated with a handy video and music (or you can set your own). Created by Johnson & Johnson with the help of Chris Jordan, director of exercise physiology at the Human Performance Institute, there is now no excuse not to get fit on the go.

 

 

 

 

Nexercise

Available on: Android, iOS

 

 

The biggest prize for losing weight! If losing weight is not enough of a reward, ‘Nexercise’ is an exercise app that rewards you with points for just about any type of physical activity and allows you to use those points to claim prizes like gift cards and discounts from various retailers. No matter if you’re running a marathon or running the kids to school, ‘Nexercize’ will track any fitness you do (even housework) and reward you well for your efforts.

 

Bodyspace

Available on: Android, iOS

 

‘Bodyspace’ is a fantastic fitness community created by popular website Bodybuilding.com. You can track and post workouts with friends and followers and add like-minded Bodyspace athletes to aspire and inspire. Think Facebook for the weight lifter. With body statistics, charts and fitness progress and over 1.9m members to share and collect tips from, this is definitely one of the best bodybuilding apps on the market today.

 

 

 

Endomondo  

Available on: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone, and Web

‘Endomondo’ focuses on the community aspects of staying motivated to reach your fitness activity goals. The app uses GPS features on your phone to track running, cycling, jogging, skating—any sport that you can measure by distance (plus a few others). You then share your progress with friends by connecting Endomondo to other online social accounts, such as Facebook, so that not only do you keep an eye on your progress, but your friends do, too. If you like social accountability and support, Endomondo is a good app to try. It can connect to other fitness-tracking devices, such as Garmin sports watches, too.

 

 

Jefit Workout

Available on: Android, iOS

When you hit the gym, do you still carry a notebook or crumpled sheet of paper to all the stations and machines? Don’t. With mobile apps for the gym, there are better ways to keep track of your sets and reps. The ‘Jefit Workout’ app gives you simple tools for crafting weight-lifting workouts and keeping track of the details as you complete your routines. You can log sets and reps, as well as how much you lifted. A calendar helps you plan your workout days and rest days. ‘Jefit Workout’ isn’t especially rich with features, but it gets the job done.

 

 

30 Day Ab Challenge

 https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/30-day-ab-challenge-free/id688314031?mt=8

Available on: Android, iOS

 

Abdominal workouts can be a killer and many gyms offer classes that last between 30 and 40 minutes – but what if we could do it all from the comfort of our own homes in a matter of minutes for 30 days? The ‘30 Day Ab Challenge’ increases intensity of workouts slowly so by day 30 you will have reached the hardest workout and have defined abs to match. It offers neat boxes to tick every day to help keep you motivated. Plus you can track your progress and share with friends via Facebook, Twitter and email updates. Suitable for men and women of all ages.

 

 

 

Daily Yoga

Available on: Android, iOS

 

The ‘Daily Yoga’ app offers short yoga and Pilates classes with accompanying music, along with access to a catalogue of different poses and exercise durations. More advanced features and longer course lengths require a paid subscription (around €10), but opting for the premium features will allow you to focus on things such as weight loss, strength and toning specific areas of your body. Plus, there are good quality HD videos as well as live voice guidance to ensure you create your yoga moves seamlessly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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