Keep your fitness resolutions with these handy exercise apps
With the new year come new resolutions. Most of them involve things like “getting fit” or “losing weight” or “not eating an embarrassing amount of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for breakfast.”
However, most of us will not keep our resolutions because we’re not ready to change; we focus on the punishment aspect of our resolutions or we’re too ambitious in our goals. To help, we’ve put together a list of apps that will get anyone on track to a healthier body, one mile/pushup/apple at a time.
We covered RunKeeper in our foodie apps —and for good reason. This is one of the best exercise apps out there, with its in-depth analysis and wide range of activities to measure. It even gives you realistic goals to strive for on a step-by-step basis. Suddenly “losing 25 pounds” isn’t a pie-in-the-sky notion, but something tangible to work toward with a game plan. (Free for iOS, Android)
Not everyone is comfortable in a yoga studio, so Pocket Yoga brings the studio to your place.
Speaking of losing 25 pounds, this writer was able to do just that using Pocket Yoga. Not everyone is comfortable in a yoga studio, so this app brings the studio to your place. Choose from three types of workouts at varying lengths and then enjoy the most strenuous, relaxing, sweaty, peaceful workout out there. ($2.99 for iOS, Android)
PushUps PRO was also mentioned in our foodie apps round-up, and it’s apropos here too. This is the ultimate step-by-step attitude. Doing 100 pushups (the real ones that they do in the military) might sound daunting, but PUP goes day by day to get you from wobbly elbows to steel pipes in 54 levels. It almost doesn’t even seem like work at that point. ($1.99 for iOS, $.99 for Android)
Nike Training Club is designed for women, but any guy that can’t get a workout out of this app is making excuses. NTC sports multiple workout plans for cardio, toning and muscle growth with difficulty levels depending on how much you exercise. It also tracks your progress and offers workout plans from elite athletes like Serena Williams. (Free for iOS, Android)
Some people respond better to competition. Nexercise makes working out a game with friends and family by keeping track of your daily exercise and putting up your score with everyone else’s. The motivation of keeping up with your old college friends or making sure that your little brother isn’t leaving you in his dust might do more to get you off the couch than any amount of self-guilt could. (Free for iOS, Android)
So far, so good, right? Exercising daily leaves you feeling better mentally and physically. But our sedentary lifestyles can overwhelm us sometimes. StandApp breaks the monotony of our desk jobs by reminding us to do a few stretches and move around every now and then. Nothing here gets you in shape by itself, but it gets your muscles moving during the day and reminds you to work out later. (Free for iOS)
Coming full circle on food apps, we have Fooducate. This app helps you keep track of what you eat each day and offers healthier alternatives to the foods you already enjoy. Fooducate also shows you how to get the best out of your meals and demonstrates how all that idle munching can add up with its calorie counter. (Free for iOS, Android)
Remember that getting fit isn’t about some quick fix or temporary routine. A slow and steady approach, along with a realistic attitude, can do wonders, while fixating on the end result may only increase the distance to said result.
The goal isn’t just to lose weight but to keep it off, which means that resolutions don’t have end dates. If you’re doing them right, they will work their way into your daily routine for good.