It seems like nowadays everyone is a bit more health-conscious. Whether it’s the moms buying gluten-free snacks or young entrepreneurs opening up boutique gyms ever every few blocks in Manhattan, it seems that our society is moving in a direction of putting more emphasis on health. Then there are the fitness junkies who could not do without all the frills and fluff. As an avid runner, I’ve put together a selection of the best fitness tracking apps that you can download right now!
However, there is something new for the fitness-centric individual. Over the last few years, multiple mobile apps have been released to aid your workout. These apps are developed and designed to track each second of your workout and provide vital stats you can use to improve and motivate yourself.
As a runner, there are multiple times that I’ve been on a run and have thought to myself “How far have I run?” or “How fast am I going?”, “Should I slow down?”, “Will running with my weight vest help me burn more calories?”. It’s a common thought pattern amongst runners, walkers, and cyclists. MyFitnessPal helps you find the answer to those questions.
Probably one of the first fitness apps to hit the market over 10 years ago in 2005, MyFitnessPal was recently bought out by a sports retail giant, Under Armor. This means improved technology and services, which is the primary reason this app remains at the forefront of the conversation.
This app does nearly everything from tracking your workout (as long as you carry it along with you) with audio commentary of distance traveled, time and pace, your weekly and monthly progress to helping you set a goal and achieve them.
One of the biggest improvements was its calorie counter. MyFitnessPal allows you to select or scan UPCs of products you are eating and summarizes the data in easy charts and graphs. TechCrunch, the reputable magazine and website profiled the app’s newest update which now includes many popular restaurants and their dishes. This app is practical and a great tool to reach fitness goals.
Another favorite app of mine is Cycle Meter, apparently one of the most sophisticated apps available for cycling enthusiasts. While it was created for a cyclist, the app expanded its offerings to include runners, walkers, skaters, and skiers.
It works similar to other fitness apps: Open the app, press start at the beginning of your workout, and let it do the rest. During your ride, you can hear important vitals through your headphones like elevation change, pace, RPMs, …
What I love about this app is the integration of native iOS features. I can easily stop and start my workout by pressing my headphone remote rather than opening the app. The app also includes a smooth integration to social media, allowing me to receive real-time comments and likes via audio that always provides me with extra motivation.
Cycle Meter also integrates GoogleMaps allowing you to take the least interrupted route. There are so many neat things that the makers at Abvio include in this press apps for easy consolidation of data.
One of the most popular apps on the market includes a fashion accessory many of you have probably sighted on your coworker’s wrist. Fitbit is designed for the casual person with less emphasis on workouts and more on the basics. Like a pedometer, FitBit is wearable technology that tracks your movement throughout your day.
Wear it while you sleep, and FitBit records sleep statistics sure to surprise you. It even doubles as a nifty alarm to wake you up at the right time. While FitBit may be too simple for the serious athlete, it sure is making an impact in the consumer marketplace.
4. Charity Miles
The app Charity Miles may have the best intentions of the ANY app on iTunes. This app combines two important aspects of individual life and puts them in a useful app. Charity Miles motivates you to get off the couch and work out by allowing you to earn money that will be donated for each mile you move.
According to the popular tech outlet, Mashable: “There are nine charities to choose from, including Achilles International, Autism Speaks, Feeding America and Habitat for Humanity. More charities are scheduled to be added to the platform.
There are no limitations to which charities you’re helping.” Charity Miles is taking on the first million dollars of donations and hopes to build its business model in which sponsors and corporations will be the ones donating in the future. So, all you have to do is get up and get out!
5. Lose It.
The last app that I’ve chosen to share with you was designed out of Boston, MA and is called Lose It! If you couldn’t tell by the name of the app, this is a weight loss app. This app allows you to track not only the calories you burn on your exercise bike workout but also what food you consume.
This app works similarly to MyFitnessPal but allows the user to set specific weight loss goals and then work towards them. Lose It! uses a simple interface that is user-friendly and informative. I would recommend this app to anyone serious about losing weight the old fashioned way!
Each passing day technology is improving and we are developing newer ways to get the information that we need. In most cases, technology is making us a bit lazier by giving us everything we need with a touch of a button. However, technology has done all of us a solid in giving us these 5 fitness apps and encouraged us to get up and be active!