Top 10 Fitness Apps
Admit it, we wouldn’t survive a day without our phones. That’s because mobile apps have totally taken over our lives. Need to find alternative transportation? Just Grab it. Order takeout for dinner? There’s foodpanda for that. Pay for stuff without ever taking out your wallet? Sure, use Android Pay or Apple Pay. Want to lose some weight or improve your fitness? Simple, download some fitness apps and you are all set.
Fitness apps are awesome. Firstly, they are just a download away and most of them are free – you only need to pay if you want to upgrade or unlock some exclusive content. Secondly, we bring our mobile phones with us everywhere, which enables us to keep to and keep track of our fitness goals easily. Thirdly, with so many different fitness apps out there, whether you are trying to lose weight, gain muscle, cut back on calorie intake or train for a marathon, there’s an app for everyone.
Not sure where to start? Here are 10 of our favourites.
Short for “Simply Work it”, the app allows you to input the type of workout (yoga, strength, cardio or stretching) you want to focus on and the length (5 minutes to an hour) of the workout. With more than 200 types of exercises and demonstrations by professional personal trainers, you can customise the workouts to your own preference.
MyFitnessPal is one of the world’s most popular fitness apps, with user-friendly step and calorie counters. Plus, it’s super easy to track your diet on the app as their database consists of more than 6 million types of foods. You can even get a breakdown on how much protein, carbohydrates and fat you are eating!
Available on: iOS and Android
This app is perfect for all the beginners out there who want to pick up running. The C25K app, also known as the Couch to 5K, lets couch potatoes slowly work their way up to running 5 km marathons by the end of 8 weeks. To achieve this, the app’s 8-week training programme keeps track of your workouts and alternates between walking and running so you can build up your fitness gradually.
Available on: iOS and Android
For fans of YouTube fitness star Casey Ho, this is the perfect app for you. The app features all of Casey’s popular workout videos, recipes, a forum where you can talk to other users as well as a monthly workout calendar. Psst, there will be a free secret video that will be released every month for you to download and keep on your phone!
If you are sick of the usual running apps, try this out for fun. With Zombies, Run!, each step you take is a step closer to completing your mission in the game and saving the human race from the zombie apocalypse. With the audio from the app adding to the experience – you can practically hear the guttural sounds of the zombies breathing down your neck as you run – this app is a winner!
Yeah, we know that this is not a true fitness app but everyone listens to music while running! You can find Spotify Running within the Spotify app – which you probably already have anyway. What happens is that Spotify has added a running feature which measures your speed and then selects songs with the same tempo. Let your playlist match your pace.
Want to earn some cash by working out? Pact lets you do just that! First you wager some money on whether you will complete a workout by entering it into the app. To collect on your bet, you have got to verify that you have really hit the gym by checking in at the venues that you have entered. Wagering money is optional if you really don’t want to but that defeats the purpose of the app, doesn’t it?
With Pocket Yoga, you can practise yoga anytime, anywhere. The app has more than 200 Yoga poses with illustrations and descriptions ranging from beginner to advanced level. Plus, the app will even log all your Yoga practices to track your progress from beginner to yoga master (provided you stick with it long enough).