The Revolution of Fitness Apps
Fitness trackers have come a long way since those first pedometers that merely counted the steps you took while clipped to your waistband. Now many people use some sort of activity tracker, whether it be a Fitbit, Apple Watch, Garmin, or one of the countless fitness-tracking cell phone apps that exist. These apps are developed to help users achieve their fitness and health goals easier. With so many readily accessible apps available, it can be a challenge to determine which one is best for you. Here’s a rundown of some of the most popular fitness apps available.
Charity Miles: If fitness and philanthropy are important to you, Charity Miles may be the app for you. This free app tracks the number of miles you walk, run, or bike, and partners with big-name corporations who donate money on your behalf for each mile you complete to a charity of your choice. This app is completely legitimate and a great way to get in shape and feel good about it. You will earn twenty-five cents per mile by walking or running, and ten cents for every mile you bike.
My Fitness Pal: Tracking has never been easier than with My Fitness Pal. Its user-friendly interface keeps up with your exercise and calorie intake with over five-million foods in the database and a scanner feature to make tracking a snap. You can measure your intake against the calories you’ve burned in order to optimize your health benefits.
SWorkit: If you need an app that helps you work out on the go without specific equipment, this app may fit your lifestyle perfectly. With this app, you’ll have access to workout routines that can be done from your home or office. Videos accompany each exercise to ensure you’re doing the exercises correctly and safely. If you upgrade to the premium version, you can have ad-free access, unlimited exercises, and videos for people at all health and fitness levels, and the ability to message personal trainers with questions you might have.
Pact: It is said that money is a great motivator. This app is designed to make working out meaningful by impacting your wallet. It’s a gamble, but you are in control. You bet money on whether or not you will complete a workout at a pre-determined place. You’re allowed to log one workout per day by checking into the predetermined venue or syncing with your fitness tracker. If you complete the workout, you get paid. If not, you pay money into a communal pot that funds those who did complete their workout.
Strava: This is the ideal app for the serious athlete. If you’re training for a marathon, triathlon, or even an Ironman, this app tracks your data and puts you in competition against others who have traversed the same routes or completed the same distances based on GPS data. Although most phones are not waterproof, you can still log your swims manually, and see how you stack up against other athletes. If you’re good enough, your name might appear in the Leaderboard section, which means some serious bragging rights.
FIT Radio: This music-streaming app allows you to listen to DJ-created music mixes that maintain a consistent beat. The free version lets you to choose one genre of music and a few mixes, but if you upgrade to the premium version you have access to over twenty-five genres and music stations, unlimited skips when the song just isn’t working for you, and the ability to save your favorite mixes for next time you’re pounding the pavement or doing sun salutations.