With all the amazing technology we have today, there are so many tools that you can use that can be helpful and motivational to help you with your health and fitness journeys!
There will be some options listed below that YOU can use to help you! And yes, these tools are literally at the tip of your fingers! I know that today most people have pretty nice smart phones, tablets, or ipads. Mr. Pearlie Davis was kind enough to compile a list of some of the most popular and most used health and fitness apps that you can find on your own devices. Here are some apps that you can use that can be helpful to you and your health and fitness journey:
2012’s Top Health & Wellness Apps
Make your smartphone your workout buddy
The weather is getting nicer every day, and you still have time to tone up before swimsuit season begins in earnest. These apps will help you stay focused, eat right, and power through the slumps.
1. Endomondo Sports Tracker (Android, iPhone)
If competition keeps you motivated, Endomondo might be the system for you. It’s a running, jogging, and cycling tracker built for people who like to push themselves and others to improve. You can input your planned route into the app, and it will track your progress in real-time via GPS, measuring your performance against your personal best and providing audio coaching when you approach or surpass a previous record. You can also share routes with friends and then compete to become the “Champion” of that route (sort of like being the Mayor in Foursquare). It also includes the usual fitness app basics—heartrate monitoring, workout history, and planning. This is easily the standout fitness app of 2012; it’s creative, comprehensive, and most importantly, it’s free. (Cost: Free, Pro version for $3.99)
This app by MyFitnessPal allows you to track food choices, exercises, and long-term fitness and nutrition goals customized to your specific needs. It includes a database of almost 600,000 food items, so you can fit almost any conceivable meal into your dieting math. It’s easy to use and features an attractive interface; but this app really shines in its personalized evaluations of your nutrition and fitness needs, based on your lifestyle, body type, and long-term goals. The app also provides access to the MyFitnessPal social network, so you can share tips and encouragement with friends. (Cost: Free)
3. Instant Heart Rate (Android)
This app is worth downloading just for the gee-whiz factor alone: it uses your smartphone’s camera to detect almost-imperceptible color changes in your skin, measuring your heart rate as accurately as the fingertip heart rate sensor in your doctor’s office (because it uses the very same technology). Use it to check your active heart rate during a workout to make sure you’re working at your potential, or check your resting heart rate as an indicator of your overall cardiovascular health. (Cost: $0.99)
4. Daniel Miller’s Daily Cardio Workout (Android)
If you’ve hit a slump and need a quick, structured workout to force yourself back into rhythm, this app is a good choice; the workouts are quick, simple, and organized. You can target specific muscles by selecting the appropriate workout, or randomize to shake things up. If you’re already motivated and involved in a serious workout routine, this probably isn’t worth bothering with; but if you’re struggling to get motivated and want something to ease you into a new routine, or if you need a filler workout for when you don’t have much time or can’t access workout equipment, this app can help. (Cost: $0.99)
JEFIT, on the other hand, is a great option for people who are already on fire with their workout routine and want to make it more focused, organized, and effective. JEFIT includes illustrated workout instructions to help you perfect your form, and allows you to track your workouts in meticulous detail, including customizing a personal routine and syncing your workouts with your online JEFIT profile. The interface is attractive and easy to use, and the depth of features is impressive. This app is intended primarily for strength training, but has good cardio and endurance training functionality as well. (Cost: Free)
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There should be NO excuse as to why you have no assistance or help with getting your health and fitness routines on track! The apps listed above are just a few of the hundreds of applications and other tools that you can find to use!