What makes mobile apps such good fitness and health companions is that we typically have them with us at all times. Fitness apps really have revolutionized the ways in which we keep an eye on our health and stay fit. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, work out more often, or just increase your total amount of daily movement, an app that’s always with you and always connected to a network of supportive people can do wonders..
So if we are looking to go easy on our wallets this time instead of occupying ourselves with a ‘comparative analysis’ of various local gyms, why not make use of the resources that are available at our disposal easily.
Here is a list of some of the latest apps in the market that could make your life a whole lot easier and help keep a check on those calories in a fun way and give you a whole new experience of working out like never before and the best part is it’s all free of cost !
(There is a brief intro given about each app that helps the readers decide for themselves which one checks all the boxes of an ideal ‘fitness app’ in your head.)
1) Counteat. Calories
Helps you estimate, rather than count, how many calories you consume at each meal, and helps you find a range, rather than a precise target, for how much you should eat. The innovative approach is worth a try for anyone trying to lose a lot of weight, but too imprecise for dropping two or three pounds.
Available on iOS
Fitocracy uses game-like stats to spur on friendly competition and increase your dedication to working out. The apps and website feature social interaction prominently. Post a status, whether it’s your success story of going to the gym or the reason you skipped a workout, and you’re likely to find a wealth of support from the community. It also has plentiful resources for all kinds of fitness enthusiasts, from weightlifters to swimmers.
Available on Android, iOS, and Web.
This Android-only workout motivation app asks you to put your money where your mouth is. It uses a combination of gamification and betting to push you and your friends to reach a desired goal for exercising. You and your friends decide how much money you want to wager, and the person who checks into the gym the most in a given period of time wins the pot. Betting real money is optional, so you can use Fitsby for friendly competition without any monetary stakes if you prefer.
Available on: Android
4) Lose It !
The free website and app Lose It!, designed for counting calories and logging exercise, can help you lose weight, especially if you tend to eat name-brand American foods. Avid home cooks and those with a more international diet may feel stymied by its database of foods, and they should try MyFitnessPal instead. Lose It! does have a strong community of supportive people to help you stick to your goals, though.
Available on: Android, iOS and Web.
The free fitness app MyFitnessPal is one of the best all-in-one calorie counter and exercise trackers for the iPhone. Using the app is a quick chore rather than a fatiguing project, which is essential to its success. It has an expansive database of international foods, including U.K. brand name packaged food, international cuisines, and much more. MyFitnessPal also has an active and supportive online community.
Available on: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone, and Web.