5 fitness apps to keep up your resolutions
Keep your summer diet on track or train for a marathon with the right smartphone app. But which is right for you?
Apps have got your back
Smartphone apps are making it easier than ever to keep up your training regime or new healthy diet. Armed with the right app…
- Runners can collect serious data about their performance
- Dieters can can track calories and exercise plus find moral support
- Gym bunnies can hone beach bods without leaving the house
But which app is right for you?
1. Runner training for first marathon
App: Map My Run
Training for your first marathon or 10K? Set a personal training plan tailored to the distance and your fitness with Map My Run. You can also find new routes in your local area, recommended by other runners.
- Track distance covered, route taken, pace and calories burned
- Choose training plans like 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon
- See your improvement over time by drawing up graphs mapping your progress
- Compare your progress with friends on the activity feed or share your new PB on Facebook
2. Trying to lose weight for summer
Millions of Britons go on diets every year. But with waning willpower, snack-happy weekends and fast-paced modern life, it can be hard to stay on track. My Fitness Pal makes calorie counting super-easy by scanning food packets with your smartphone.
- Find calories to over 5 million items on the food database
- Scan the barcodes of most packaged foods for even faster calorie counting
- Set targets and receive personalised recommendations about how to meet them
- Enter your weight and see how it’s changing over time
- See how many calories you’re burning by syncing it with your fitness band to log any exercise you do
The Fitbit Charge HR fitness band is a great match. Link it to your Fitbit account to exchange data about the calories you burn in a day. You can wear the slim band 24/7 thanks to the subtle design – it’s even water resistant so you can wear it in the shower.
3. You’re working to a deadline
App: 30 Day Fitness Challenges
Your summer holiday is coming up and you want to tone up a little ahead of hitting the beach. Or your next big run is approaching and you want to build strength in your legs. Challenge yourself to a 30 Day Fitness Challenge.
- Avoid boredom by trying a new challenge every day
- Target different areas with challenges for squats, abs, bodyweight and push ups
- Watch your strength build up as the number of reps increases and it gets a little bit harder every day
- Track your progress and share with friends on Facebook when you successfully complete a challenge
4. You do everything on your iPhone
App: Apple Health
Netflix, online banking, WhatsApp chats, photography. If you do everything on your iPhone you should consider Apple Health. It comes pre-installed on all iOS 10 devices and brings together data from different fitness apps on your phone.
- Easy to access stats – open it up for a dashboard of all your health and fitness data
- Get an in-depth overview of your health with heart rate, calories burned, blood sugar and cholesterol monitoring
- Customise it with the stats you want to monitor and see graphs mapping your health over time
- Use it with your fitness tracker to monitor any activity you do during the day
Try using it with the Misfit Ray fitness and sleep tracker. The Misfit app for iOS syncs with Apple Health via Bluetooth. With up to 4 months’ battery life, you won’t need to worry about recharging – it’ll capture all your activities, however you enjoy working out.
5. You’re too busy to work out and eat healthily
App: 7 Minute Workout
Modern life is busy. Work, family, commuting, entertaining. If you struggle to find the time for the gym or to plan healthy eating regimes, take a look at the 7 Minute Workout – you don’t even need any equipment.
- Set it up on your smartphone or tablet and follow the video guides to ensure you do each exercise properly
- Work your whole body – every workout combines 12 exercises that target abs, legs and arms
- For an effective high-intensity workout, do 30 seconds of each exercise with 10 seconds’ rest in between for 7 minutes
- Customise your duration, rest time and number of sets to get the best results