Did you make a new year’s resolution to get in shape? Tech can help! Here are our favourite apps. Try them and to see if it helps you to get fitter and healthier this year?
Map My Run
This is the mobile app we use the most. It is great for runners of any ability. It does all of the usual tracking and logging that you would expect from a running app such as distance, calorie burn off, pace, nutrition etc. but what we love most is being able to trace our routes on the maps. You can save all your data, and share your routes with friends even access you friend’s routes. We love to refer back to old runs to see how we have improved. We also use it to map races we take part in as well.
Nike Training Club
It kind of feels wrong telling you how good this app is – it could put us out of a job, but, we love to help you keep active, and we highly recommend the NTC collection of workouts.
This app features more than 100 full-body, 15, 30, and 45- minute workouts from athletes, trainers, and celebrities. There are video demos and audio instructions ensuring you receive step-by-step information to get the moves right. Choose a targeted workout: Get Lean; Get Toned or Get Strong. Are you Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced? Choose your fitness level to make sure the program matches your ability as well as you goals. The app measures your progress in number of workouts, minutes logged, and average calories burned. We use it to supplement our weekly training schedule and we absolutely love it!
Noom is a weight-loss toolkit that helps you to set your own goals and track your progress. It helps you form healthy habits through daily tasks, meal logging, and exercise tracking. Log meals and workouts while the integrated pedometer counts your steps all day. Noom offers daily health and wellness articles and healthy recipes too. The food log is colour-coded, which quickly teaches you which foods are really healthy (and which foods aren’t). It has a huge food database, loaded with nearly one million foods, making it’s easy to find and log what you are eating.
Did you know, people who keep food diaries, according to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, lose an average of 6 pounds (2.75 kg) more than people who don’t keep a record of everything that they eat? Just knowing you need to note it down can really help you to make better food choices.
Looking for an alternative to NTC? Then look no further than Daily Burn, which provides a very comprehensive library of fitness programming. It includes instructions and example videos on everything you could possibly need – yoga, weight training, circuits and stretching.
We love the demos. The fitness trainers ensure that you’re using the right technique throughout your entire workout. The app will also allow you to connect wirelessly with most Bluetooth-enabled heart rate monitors, allowing you to check you are working to your maximum ability and recovering sufficiently too.
You can access a lot of DailyBurn’s videos free of charge, but for a monthly fee, your upgrade will give you unlimited access to the entire library of workouts.