With all that technology has to offer us these days, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the options there are out there. And with our schedules getting busier and busier, getting in that daily workout can be a struggle.
Here’s where fitness apps come in to play: many provide easy ways to manage calorie intake, track progress, and help you build a network of support and encouragement. And, since your life is already hectic enough, here is a short list of the best free fitness apps available for both iPhone and Android. Whether you want to squeeze in an ab circuit before work, or simply track your progress on your daily run, these apps have you covered.
1. N+TC Nike Training Club
This app offers users customizable workouts that are tailored to each individual’s fitness level and time constraint. With three workout type options (Lean, Toned, and Strong) for workout components, this app also keeps track of your average calories burned, total workouts completed, and total workout minutes. The app also has a community component, which allows users to share their progress with other N+TC users.
EveryMove has partnered with other apps, as well as health-conscious brands, to motivate its users. The app allows users to track their fitness progress and share it with other users. But the best part is that EveryMove allows users to earn points for exercising, thus leading to rewards from its retail partners.
3. Nike+ Running
The Nike+ Running app is one of the most popular apps out there for runners. It allows users to track their running route, as well as their calories burned, pace, and time. It also features sharing options for those who want to share their progress with friends and other Nike+ Running users. The app even updates runners on their progress throughout a workout to inform and motivate them.
This app offers users the opportunity to track their caloric intake using an extensive food database. It also tracks calories burned. Based on the user’s personal information, the app generates a daily calorie limit, as well as a breakdown of how much protein, carbohydrates, and fat the user consumed in one day. A progress tracker keeps records of how you’re doing, so there’s no guesswork involved.
Fooducate is a great resource for people concerned about what they’re putting into their bodies. The app gives detailed nutritional information on tons of food products and grades each item. For those items you might want to stay away from, such as sugary cereals, Fooducate recommends a healthier alternative.
6. Runtastic Six-Pack Abs
This app, though a mouthful, is a great resource for people looking to tailor their workouts to their own personal needs. With the help of an avatar personal trainer, users can choose from over 50 videos and over 60 fitness tips to help sculpt a fit body (and on their own schedule!).