Fitness Apps that help us to become healthier
The fitness industry has, from the beginning, embraced all the advantages technology and the new wave of mobile devices has to offer. From apps that track your workouts to entire worldwide communities that spill over with useful advice and tips on how to improve your body, getting fitter has always been a strong interest in the app and mobile development world. It has never been easier to organize your diet, schedule your routine and track your workout time. The apps we will be looking at today are some of the most recent examples of the diverse ways in which technology is helping us all become stronger, faster and fitter.
Well of course, I don’t think we can start this article without mentioning the biggest shoe retailer’s take on the whole running movement.
In their own words:
“The Nike+ Running App tracks your runs and helps you reach your goals -- whether it’s running your first race, or setting a new personal record. From first-time runners to marathon veterans, you'll get the measurement and motivation you need to run farther and faster than ever before. Welcome to the world’s greatest running community.”
You do have to give Nike some credit for this app . The fact that it has received 241,941 positive reviews on the google app store alone makes it one of the most popular apps available for making us all healthier.
You can challenge yourself against the community (by participating in their daily challenge runs) join communal runs (so that you can find a running buddy right where you live),constantly track your performance (thanks to the seamless integration with your Nike shoes) and track your improvements based on real data. These are just a few of the reason the app is so popular!
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So yes, after buying your new Nike shoes just head to either the Apple or Google app store, download Nike+Run and get moving!
FitStar Personal Trainer: “Inspiring people to live healthier lives”
A bit too short on cash this month to afford a personal trainer? No problem.
FitStar personal trainer assesses your needs and fitness level by asking you a simple set of questions at the end of every workout. That way every workout is challenging but doesn’t discourage or destroy you. And the program's offerings are a good fit for beginners through to fitness fanatics—after all, it was created by former NFL star Tony Gonzalez.
It’s free and readily available at the iOs app store, what better time to get fit than right now eh?
It’s never a good thing to feel alone when you’re trying to get fit. You will always have questions, require constant feedback and encouragement in order to keep strong on the path to improvement and a healthy body. Finding the perfect gym buddy can sometimes be a difficult thing. The next app helps you deal with that by providing you with a receptive community that is always ready to help you get better.
Cody is like Facebook for fitness. This app offers users inside connections to a fitness community where they can share and complete workouts by following new and old friends. This app allows people to track their own progress through a timeline and other users can like and comment on your daily workout activity.
Best part? The community is both active and growing at a healthy rate so you can find new workouts, courses, tips, advice and resources being shared constantly 24/7. As of now, Cody has 6 categories organizing all it’s resources, these include: Yoga, fitness, learning new moves, strength, flexibility and weight-loss.
So, all you gym goers who like to videotape each other working out daily can now congregate, share and learn! You can even purchase professional training courses directly from the community’s trainers which means that there is a constant influx of high-quality content for those looking for top expert advice.
Because no workout is never complete without the perfect playlist or just because it has been proven that a good set of tunes will allow you to work out faster,
stronger, and longer (15% increase according to studies conducted by the university of Brunel London).
Spring is an app that builds off that simple principle. DJs curate playlists with songs that have a similar range of beats per minute. All you have to do is run to the beat of the music. Your workout will be done before you know it, and you might even discover a new favorite song.
Once again, this app is (for now at least) only available for Apple devices at it’s official store, it’s free to download so your wallet is not at risk of any damage here. Just Google the term ‘spring music app’ and you are set, enjoy!
Fitbit, a healthy piece of hardware that should be mentioned
As you may have noticed, I did spend most of the article talking about software apps, it seemed like the right time to at least mention one wearable piece of hardware that also attempts to keep us in top shape: Fitbit.
As part of the new (and trendy!) wave of smart wearables (which look pretty much like watches ) the Fitbit products are some of the most popular on the market. They offer a lot of functionality and allow active fitness users a way to track a huge number of variables, - data which can then be used to improve performance.
One thing you will quickly notice when you enter the official website
www.fitbit.com, is that you have a lot of choice. Wearable products from the Fitbit family range include different models of wearable trackers that will measure (and faithfully report) on variable data such as the distance you have walked, the number of steps you have climbed and even the number of hours you have slept. The most advanced models (the ‘Performance Fitness Products’ ) will measure all those factors plus additional functions such as heart rate tracking, music control and the ability to sync with your phone for call id displaying.
One of the most commonly perceived negative effects of the internet age (or of technology in general ) is that it encourages a sedentary, lazy lifestyle. So it’s certainly encouraging to be reminded of the new advancements that actually help us improve our lifestyle by encouraging, educating and tracking our commitment to a workout routine.
Don’t forget, this is just the beginning. Before you realize it you will have a personal drone or robot following you around, ensuring you eat and exercise properly. Until then, it’s certainly reassuring to know these apps and devices have our backs on our road to a healthy body and a strong mind.