Motivation and dedication can feel hard to achieve. This is why many people use fitness apps, as technological tools to help them achieve a fitter and healthier lifestyle.
Essential reading: Top fitness trackers and health gadgets
There are a plethora of iOS and Android apps available today that allow you to set goals, keep track of progress and feel more motivated. We’ve picked out a few of our favorites. Whether you need a strategy for fitting your gym visits into a busy schedule or need extra help focusing as you exercise, the perfect app for you is out there.
1. Music that suits your regime: FitRadio
The FitRadio workout app offers more than simple playlists to listen to as you work out. It enables you to choose music that fits the length of each repetition in your workout, beats that match the rhythm of your crunches or lifts, and cool down music that is timed to coincide with your resting periods. No more listening to the same old boring playlists.
2. Endomondo: training plans and fitness trackers
Whether you run or cycle, this top rated fitness tracker and personal training app will keep tabs on your route, speed and progress. Monitor all of your workouts using GPS, check your stats, and reach your fitness goals. Upgrade to Premium membership and take advantage of the app’s coaching features too – these are great for enhancing your motivation.
3. Take a gamble with Pact
If you need some extra motivation to work out, Pact could be the app for you. It enables you to bet money on whether you will complete your workouts or not: you win money if you do complete them, and lose money if you do not. This is an interesting concept, indeed. The company behind the software says Pact’s incentives have helped their members hit over 95% of their goals.
4. Strava: challenge yourself and your friends
This is one of the most popular fitness apps around. More than just a popular GPS-based cycling and running tracker, Strava lets you set challenges for yourself and other users. Millions of runners, cyclists and active people use this app to record their activities, compare performance over time, and share the photos, stories and highlights of their adventures.
5. Zombies, Run!
Does fear motivate you? Use the Zombies, Run! app which simulates a horde of zombies behind you – you will need to run as fast as you can to get away from them. Your goal is to reach one of humanity’s last remaining outposts. They need your help to gather supplies, rescue survivors, and defend their home.
6. Runkeeper: a true classic
Track, time and plan your runs and walks with this classic and very user friendly app. 50 million runners use Runkeeper, and for a reason. You can monitor workouts, set goals, get personalised routines, join challenges, see your progress – and much, much more.
7. Get a real trainer in the palm of your hand with Sworkit
With the Sworkit app, you can access personalised fitness videos that motivate you. Simply select the part of your body you want to work on. You can choose from over 20 pre-built workouts or create your. The range of short (5-10 minute) videos are great when you’re in the middle of a busy day.
8. Nike+ Training Club – let a pro athlete show you the way
The Nike+ Training Club app lets you watch 100+ training videos developed for pro athletes. The software will guide you through the workouts, too. You will get expert guidance, exercises you can do anywhere and the motivation you need to get fit.
9. Couch to 5k: you’ll be surprised what can you do
Recommended by the NHS in the United Kingdom, this app is one of the easiest programs to turn beginners into 5K distance runners. All it takes is 20 to 30 minutes, three times a week, for 9 weeks. Couch potatoes will be so surprised at how much they can achieve. Over 5 million people did it!
10. Concentrate on particular areas with iMuscle
The iMuscle app asks you to pinpoint any of over 150 muscles mapped on the chart and then provides you with the perfect exercise suggestions for targeting and toning that specific muscle (or group of muscles). This award winning health and fitness app has everything you need to plan and track your gym sessions.
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