By: Dea Biancarelli
Taking care of your body is one of the most important things you can do for
your health. We all know that eating right and being physically active are necessary
to prevent the health problems that are associated with overweight. Technology has
caught on too, produces games such as Wii Fit and creating hundreds of apps that
claim to make us healthier, stronger and happier. With so many apps on the market
though, how do you know which ones will be useful and which ones will just take
up valuable space on your phone? After testing out some of the most popular apps, I
created a top 5 list of fitness apps that are simple and useful.
1. Most Useful Gym App: Nike Training Club Cost: Free
If you want to start working out but don’t know what to
do, need to squeeze a quick workout in at home, or lose
motivation half way through your workout this app is for
you. Nike Training Club has tons of workouts for beginners,
intermediate or advanced. It also has different workouts for
your fitness goals, whether you want to get lean with cardio,
toned with light weights or build some serious muscle. It also
has a category called “Get Focused”, 15 minute workouts that
target specific areas. Each move has pictures and a short video
clip that teach you how to do each move. Once you click “Do
Workout” Nike Training Club leads you through the workout,
telling you what move to do, giving tips on form throughout
and a few motivational words. It beeps to alert you of the next
move. The app tracks your progress and unlocks rewards and
badges once you’ve hit certain goals. It’s like a personal trainer
in your phone (and for free)!
2. Most Useful Overall Health App: Argus Cost: Free
There are tons of apps on the market that allow you to track
how many calories you consume and how much activity you do
each day, but I find that I stop using these apps after a few days
because of inconvenience. Argus is different. By using timers
and pictures to record data instead of having you painstakingly
enter in your information approach, Argus is user friendly. The
set up is a fun, cool design, similar to a Facebook timeline that
shows you what choices you’ve been making throughout the
day. It can track all health aspects of your life: eating habits,
sleep cycle, fitness, a pedometer and even water intake. Argus
allows you to set goals and gives you notifications throughout
the day to help you reach them.
3. Most Useful App for Those Who Hate to Run: Zombies, Run! Cost: $4.99
Although the price tag is a little pricey for an app, Zombies,
Run! is a great way to make running interesting. It’s similar
to a real life video game. The app tells you a story of a zombie
outbreak, which you star in as the hero. The story continues as
you run, so you don’t continuously have to touch your phone
while working out. Players can create an account and log in to
compare scores with other zombie runners across the country.
4. Most Useful App for the Busy: Human Price: Free
Do you barely have time in your busy schedule for physical
activity? Are you craving something simple, easy and laid back?
Try Human, an app that helps you reach the recommended 30
minutes of physical activity. This simple app challenges you to
“get your daily 30” by adding up all physical activity that your
phone records if stuck in your pocket or attached to your arm.
It’s perfect for those of us who are too busy to be updating an
app or don’t have time for a daily hour workout but still want
to get the necessary amount of activity. It tracks your activity
for the current week, your weekly average and your streak of
5. Most Useful App for the Charitable Cardio Fan: Charity Miles
Why not do some good during your next cardio session?
While there are tons of great apps on the market for those who like to run or
bike, from ones that record a run via GPS to tracking your pace and calorie
count, but an app I believe all runners and bikers can make use of is Charity
Miles. Charity Miles donates money to a charity of a user’s choice for every
mile they complete. It tracks walking, running and biking. The app is simple.
After selecting your charity, just press start and it records the distance you’ve
travelled. Although 75 cents may not seem like much, all those miles can
really add up!
All of these apps I believe are easy to use in your everyday life and can help
you achieve your fitness goals. Agree? Disagree? What fitness apps do you
like to use? Comment your thoughts below!