Free Health Apps That’ll Get You Results
Forcing yourself to eat healthy and exercise regularly can be tough. It takes time, motivation, and discipline to give up some of your favorite junk foods. But now you don’t have to do it alone. There are a bunch of apps out there that can help you keep track of your calories, motivate you, and monitor your fitness goals. The best part? Some of the best apps are free. Here’s a list of the eight best fitness apps out there.
Want to design your own route for runs or bike rides? This app lets you do that and tracks your stats — distance, time, pace, and calories burned, according to Men’s Fitness. It also has more than 600 exercise activities and includes a social media element for those who want to share their workouts through Facebook and Twitter.
2. FitStar Basic
Consider this app your personal trainer. It customizes workouts for you based on your capabilities, goals and feedback. At the end of your workout, the app will ask you to rate the exercises you did and will adjust the intensity based on your feedback, according to Brit + Co.
This app has found a unique way to motivate you. Here’s how it works: You sign up and commit to working out a certain number of times each week. Then, you select the amount of money you’re willing to risk if you don’t get to the gym as many times as you said you would. If you don’t achieve your goal, the app charges your credit card the amount you selected. The great part? Hit the gym as many times as you said you would, and you’ll get paid, according to Fox News.
Hoping for a collection of quick video workouts? Hot5 has a ton of 5-minute workouts that are easy to follow, according to Fox News. “You can find video workouts of all varieties and difficulty levels that will work you out with only five moves. While most fitness app videos look like they were filmed in the 1980s, Hot5’s are sleek and modern. The interface is also beautifully designed and user-friendly.” It’s also perfect for any type of workout, whether you want to tone your abs, do a full-body workout, or get in a good stretch.
5. Nike Training Club
“What’s cool is that the app is goal-oriented. It has you choose individual workouts based on whether you’re looking to get lean, toned, or strong, and allows you to enhance your sessions with customized drills,” according to Brit + Co. Need some extra motivation? The workouts are lead by top-notch athletes.
Log what you eat and drink, and it calculates your calorie intake. It even details your carbohydrates, fat, and sodium, according to News 10. You can also track your calorie output and record all of the exercises you do throughout the day.
Men’s Fitness writes that, “This user-friendly app has 36 exercises, 13 predesigned workouts, and a custom workout feature to help you design your own 7-minute workout. Choose the length of rest intervals, the number of times you want to run through a particular circuit, and tunes from your personal music library to further personalize your session.” It includes audio and visual instructions and includes workouts you can do most anywhere.
This app plans your meals and tracks what you eat, according to Iron Man. It also has a great on-the-go companion for athletes who are serious about obtaining their workout goals. “The free app syncs with your account to provide a complete web, mobile, and desktop solution for tracking, analyzing, and planning your training,” Iron Man writes.