5 Of The Best Fitness Apps

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Mobile apps can be a great way to take advantage of your ever-present mobile phone to increase your fitness

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Making fitness a part of your life is mostly about routine. Healthy eating and exercise need to become a regular part of your life in order for you to be able to properly commit to them. One easy way to build that routine is to take advantage of the other thing that is a major part of everyone’s life: the smartphone.

Your phone is almost always on you and, with the range of fitness apps available, you can use it to build exercise routines, remind you to do them, track your food intake and break that intake down into specific data, such as calories or nutrients.

The only downside to using apps is the sheer number of them you have to choose from. There are literally thousands on the market and it can be hard to know which ones are the right ones for you.

To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the top five best fitness apps you can use on your mobile phone.

MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal has risen to become one of the most widely recognized and popular fitness apps available on mobile. The reason for its popularity is that it works well and has a fantastic range of features. 

You can track your calories with the calorie counter, add in food by scanning the bar code, use different specific diet plans, and break your food intake down into macros. On the exercise side, MyFitnessPal allows you to log periods of exercise and connects with dozens of peripherals and other devices to help you track your exercise data.  

It might not have some of the finer detail of other, more specific apps, but few apps can match MyFitnessPal for pure, all-round, usability.

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Not everyone has the time to go to the gym, so bodyweight exercise and yoga apps are great for getting in an office or home workout to keep fit

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Sworkit

Sworkit is an exercise app that provides you with workout routines, an exercise planner, and fitness tracker. You can customize your workout schedule to fit your personal timetable and the app will provide you with daily routines to do, as well as a personalized 6-week program to get your fitness journey started.

There are thousands of pre-generated workouts for you to choose, from quick no-equipment office workouts to longer sessions that you can do on a day off or over the weekend, giving you the freedom to workout wherever and whenever.

You Are Your Own Gym

Not everyone has the time to go to the gym or the space to store gym equipment at home; You Are Your Own Gym, often shortened to YAYOG, solves that issue by giving users a range of over 200 bodyweight-only exercises, that are organized into different categories.

These bodyweight routines come with instructional videos, so you can see them in action, and are great for people who need to fit exercise into a busy work routine.

5 Of The Best Fitness Apps
Gamifying exercise is a growing trend in fitness apps, because nothing gets you running quite as fast as being chased by a horde of zombies

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Pocket Yoga

One of the major benefits of yoga is that is can be done with limited space and no equipment, ideal for space-starved travelers, office workers, or really anyone who spends a lot of their time sitting in a chair.

Pocket Yoga gives you the added benefit of having a miniature yoga instructor with you at all times. The app gives detailed voice and video instructions to help you through the poses and breaking exercises, and 200 beautifully illustrated images to make sure you are entirely sure what you are doing.

Zombies, Run!

Getting the motivation to run, especially after a long day at work, can be difficult. Zombies, Run! Solves that problem by providing you with an interesting narrative and the motivation of running from a horde of the shambling undead.

Getting more of the story requires you to not get caught by the zombie horde and that means running at a certain pace for a set amount of time. Zombies, Run! has over 300 story missions and a variety of different interactive play modes, similar to other AR games like Pokemon Go. The app does all the usual running app functions, like tracking distance, heart rate and time.

Zombies, Run! is great at giving you the motivation to run and something to concentrate on other than you aching legs, but it’s probably not the best app to use if you are running at night!

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