How busy are you? Are you always running around like a headless chicken and somehow always end up forgetting to set time for yourself? Whether it’s cooking a meal or working out, it seems like you never have the time. What if I told you that there is a way to take care of yourself without having to go to the gym or follow a strict diet?
Fitness apps are now able to create your own personalized workout plan and help you reach your goals. By tracking your exercises, recording your sessions, inciting you to compete in different challenges or taking note of your meal and calorie intake, the apps will have you achieve your fitness goal smartly.
Not only will your health improve, you will also save time thanks to the gym in your pocket. You will finally be able to relax and try new things like playing Roulette on your mobile phone. So gear up and get ready to invest in yourself.
Nike + Training Club (iOS & Android, Free)
We will start this Top 5 with one of the biggest sporting brand’s app. Rated 4.7 stars on the App Store, Nike + Training Club is perfect for fitness enthusiasts who want diverse and adaptable options for their workouts. You can personalize your sessions by choosing your level (beginner, intermediate or advanced), the training’s intensity (low, medium, high) and even the parts of your body you would like to train. And all that for free!
Here’s what Nike + Training Club’s does:
- Personalized training sessions
- Workouts last from 15 to 45 minutes
- Exercise with or without material
- Shows you your favourite star’s workout routines
Runtastic (iOS & Android, Free or Premium)
It’s always important to keep track of your mileage, after all, how else would you be able to boast about your latest training session? With Runtastic, it doesn’t matter if you prefer running, jogging or biking, the app is able to connect to your phone’s GPS and record your position throughout your exercise and even allows you to challenge your friends!
You can use it to:
- Follow your training through GPS & keep track of your statistics
- Set your own goals
- Participate in Runtastic’s challenges and measure yourself against other participants
- Share your results and challenge your friends
MyFitnessPal (iOS & Android, Free or Premium)
If you are more into watching your diet than exercising, MyFitnessPal is perfect for you. This calorie counter app helps you keep track of what you eat, from your morning pancake to your Mac&Cheese dinner. Their food database is incredibly vast, and you can type either a food, brand or restaurant and have the number of calories for that specific plate. We tried typing in Tim Hortons and we were impressed to see that no less than 100 snacks and drinks came up!
You can use the app to:
- Keep track of your daily meals
- Search throughout the food database of 300 000 0000 items
- Add your own recipes
- Share your experience and connect with others on the discussion forums
- Get a personalized diet profile
Noom (iOS & Android, Premium)
Another great app to help you keep track of what you eat is Noom. Studies lead by medical journals have found that 64% of Noom users lost more than 5% of their weight (British Medical Journal), 78% of Noom users sustained their weight loss over 9 months (Scientific Reports) and the University of Sydney’s Medical Center ranked Noom the number 1 weight loss program (out of 800). The app is great, but it isn’t free: monthly plans start at 59 USD.
Noom’s features are:
- Food logging
- Meal feedback and analysis
- Virtual support group
- Nutritional tips and advice
- Daily challenges and quizzes
- One-on-one coaching
Pear Personal Fitness Coach (iOS & Android, Premium)
The Pear Personal Fitness Coach is an app that gives you personalized workouts through video content. Made with real human voices, the workouts can be adapted to your level and performance. They have hundreds of workout routines to choose from, with exercises such as running, spin, HIIT, yoga, strength exercises… Membership fees are at 5.99$ monthly or 39.99$ annually.
Here’s what the Pear Personal Fitness Coach brings to you:
- Real human coaches
- Hundreds of workout routines
- Workout tracking & feedback
- Exercises that adapt to your performances
So, are you ready to get fit and to enjoy that extra time that you freed for yourself?