A recent study found that the average person spends 58 minutes a day on his or her phone. I don’t know about you, but that number seems pretty low to me. Between listening to music, texting, emailing, playing games, checking social media pages, and watching My Drunk Kitchen, that has got to be higher. (Well, at least for me it is!) Even though they can be a distraction, one of the best things about smart phones today is that you can customize them to fit your lifestyle, whatever that might be. You can have a veritable library of books at your fingertips, thousands of songs to listen to, or even several versions of the ultimate time-waster, Angry Birds – anything that tickles your fancy.
Knowing that my healthy lifestyle is a priority, what’s on my phone, you ask? Honestly, a little of everything – my running playlist, a few guilty pleasure novels to pass the time while waiting for appointments, and of course, a plethora of fitness applications that keep me on track. Here are my top 5 fitness apps that I can’t live without, which have helped me not only stay motivated, but achieve my 99 pound (!!) weight loss. Hope you enjoy!
THE FITNESS GAMES
This is my most recent addition to my mobile lineup, but it has quickly become one I can’t live without! The Fitness Games is an app that encourages some healthy competition with yourself and others across the globe. You can challenge your workout partners to any of TFG’s already designed workouts, or even create your own. And, The Fitness Games encourages those post-workout selfies that we all love to take! The categories of workouts include strength, cardio, full body, and cross training. And, while many of the workouts require some gym equipment, there are several bodyweight options to choose from, or you can just find a reasonable facsimile of the exercise using what you have. If I had one suggestion, it would be to make it easier to find others so that I could engage in more challenges. That being said, I recently was challenged to an ab workout, and even though I lost, knowing I was competing against someone else’s time motivated me to work much harder than I normally would have on my own.
I stumbled on this app after seeing a fellow fitness enthusiast on Twitter mention it. EveryMove allows you to connect with friends and links with the fitness apps you already have so that you don’t have to worry about logging in your workouts on multiple applications. (It works great with the Jawbone Up app, which I discuss in more detail below.) But, I think the best part of this app is the fact that you get perks just for working out! So far I have donated to charities and gotten discounts at online retailers, all for doing something I would already be doing. Basically, you get a reward for being active, and who doesn’t like that?
Everyone seems to have a favorite running gps app, and this is mine! I love that it keeps track of your total miles and even has a coaching option to help you train for different length races, from a 5K to a marathon. Each racing distance allows you to choose a level, and the app gives you a daily activity to complete – whether it be a walk, a run, some cross-training, or even a rest day! This is also the only app my husband will use to track his running, and he has done two marathons!
You know I couldn’t do a Top 5 Fitness App list without at least one nutrition app! I have been using MyFitnessPal off and on for the last few years, and it is one of the easiest ways to track your food each day. (Confession: I should track my food more, although I have a feeling I’m not alone in that.) Sometimes I use my EC Planner to track food on paper, but I love that this app breaks down what you’re eating into helpful graphs to see how you are actually doing with your proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. You’d be surprised how many empty calories we waste on drinks, and having an app like this keeps my eating on track!
It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with my Jawbone Up device, as it helps me keep track of my daily steps and sleep. This is particularly important for me, as I work at a desk job. One of my favorite features of this app is the helpful fitness tips it gives you each day, including gentle reminders to be more active or go to bed at a decent time. Sometimes we need the reminder. I also love the helpful graphs it has to demonstrate your level of activity, or light versus sound sleep!
What are some of your go to fitness apps?
xoxo – SavvySleever