With winter approaching it is far too easy to give up our summer fitness goals and to slump back into bad habits. Unfortunately, this will make it a lot harder to get back into shape next summer. You’re much better off maintaining a consistent level of fitness throughout the year. In order to do this you might need a bit of motivation and that’s where an exercise app can really help. Here are some of the best exercise apps available for your smartphone so you can stay on track throughout the winter.
My Fitness Pal
This app allows you not only to track your fitness progress but also to track your calorie consumption. Simply tap in what you’ve eaten for each meal and the app will work out your calorie intake and tell you how much you need to burn off to lose weight over all for the day. You can also use the barcode scanner to input what you’ve eaten. And, the best thing about this app is that it is absolutely free.
For the avid cyclist, Strava Cycling is an absolute must. The GPS tracker in your smartphone is able to map out your journey along with your speed and elevation as you go. This gives you all the data you need to plan your future progress. If you have a competitive streak then the app also has a function that lets you compare yourself with other people who have ridden the same segment. You don’t even need to pay for the privilege as the app comes for free.
If you need more than just the satisfaction of exercising to motivate you then this app is perfect. The way it works is simple. You log your exercise and you receive points according to how much you have done. These points add up and help you progress through the various levels within the app. You can even post progress updates on the app to let fellow users know. Thankfully, this app is free.
Couch to 5k
Are you right at the beginning of your fitness journey and have no idea what you’re supposed to be doing? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. The free Couch to 5k app is for people who need some guidance on how to get started and promises to have you running 5k within nine weeks. The sessions start out easy and gradually get more difficult until you’re running like a pro without even realising it.
This app offers a more technical, anatomical approach to toning up your muscles. You will be given a detailed diagram of the human body and from that you can select which muscles you want to work on. Once you have chosen your target area, the app will then suggest exercises for you. This allows you to work equally on all the different parts of your body. You might even end up toning muscles you’d never even considered before. The app will cost you £2.99 but it is a good investment if you’re serious about getting in shape.