Let’s be honest. Losing weight, getting more active, and living a healthier lifestyle can be tough. The couch is calling, junk food is enticing, and there’s a bunch of work to do sitting on your computer.
But all is not lost. Technology may have its downsides – one of them making us more sedentary – but it certainly has its benefits, too. And keeping you motivated and accountable to your health and fitness goals is one of them.
Check out these apps that can help you track and improve your health over the long term:
This free app is a calorie counter, and a diet and exercise journal. Because medical studies show that keeping a food journal doubles your weight loss, MyFitnessPal helps you log all the foods you eat. It then compares the calories going in with the calories burned through exercise. This gives you an accurate picture of your eating habits and how much exercise it takes to burn off those calories.
You can hook it up to sync with your fitness apps as well, so once you’ve done a workout your calorie burn info will go straight to MyFitnessPal.
If you want to get fit, but the idea of running seems like a boring drag, this free app could be for you. Perfect for gamers, Zombies, Run! is a super fun interactive game where your morning jog turns you into a hero.
You’re thrust into this scenario: Only a few have survived the zombie epidemic. You are a Runner en-route to one of humanity’s last remaining outposts. They need your help to gather supplies, rescue survivors and defend their home.
Survive zombie chases, collect supplies to build up your base, complete 200 missions, and create your own missions using interval training. Jogging has never been so much fun.
This app is great for those who are pushed for time or are new to working out – each workout is just 5 minutes long. Pick a live personal trainer for video and text coaching, if you want.
Sworkit, or Simply Work It, is one of the most personalized fitness apps out there. First, choose which area of your body you want to work on, or choose a prebuilt workout. Strength, Cardio, Yoga, Pilates and Stretching programs are all included in the free version of the app. Then select your workout length. Watch real video trainers show you with video and audio how to get the best out of your exercise session. Once you’re done you can sync workouts to Google Fit, Health, or MyFitnessPal.
There’s also a premium version of the app available if you want to access low impact exercises, save unlimited custom workouts, get ad-free workouts, and get direct Ask-A-Trainer support.
If yoga’s your jam, this app’s going to be your new best friend. With more than 500 yoga poses and detailed instructions, 100 yoga and meditation classes, session length options from 5 to 70 minutes, advanced tracking, a supportive community, and seven languages, you can get your yoga on even if you can’t make it to a class.
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