My gym essentials always includes my iPhone. Of course, I’m using Spotify to get through my workouts, but I’m also using other apps to help me accomplish my fitness goals and keep me on track. Whether you need a boost of motivation, a routine to mix things up, or help keeping your diet on track, there’s something for you in the App Store.
These are the four health and fitness apps I recommend:
If you are looking to track your macros or just want to gain a better understanding of portion sizes and calorie intake, then the MyFItnessPal meal tracker is a great tool. I’m not one to track every meal every day, but I’ve used the app to gain a better understanding of my eating habits and where I could improve. For some, tracking calories can be very beneficial and liberating. If it’s for you, I definitely recommend the MyFitnessPal app. The basic version is free!
If you like the direction of a personal trainer or fitness classes but don’t have the budget or schedule to take them, then Skylit is for you! If you, like me, get easily bored with cardio and dread the treadmill, this app is going to be a game changer. This app is SO fun. It’s like having a variety of cardio classes at your fingertips. Once you open the app there is a variety of options from Treadmill, Elliptical, Yoga, Indoor Cycling, Strength Training, 5K Training and more. Each of these sections has a list of “classes” that range in difficulty, time and style. Each class has the guidance of a trainer and has it’s own playlist of popular and familiar music to give you a fresh, fun way to work out.
Sweat by Kayla Itsines
Kayla Itsines is a personal trainer from Australia and the results of her training guide “Bikini Body Guide” are shared over and over again on Instagram. Just check out her feed to see tons of personal testimonials for the effectiveness of her workouts. Her workouts combine resistance training moves with high-intensity intervals. Light weights can be used, but you can also swap in items you have on hand to make her workouts efficient when you’re traveling or don’t have access to a gym.
Even if you don’t follow Kayla Itsines’s workouts, incorporating some HIIT or Tabata training into your regular fitness routine can really boost your athletic performance and any weight loss goals. I used the app simply titled “Interval Timer,” but there are several timer apps out there. I prefer the simplicity of this one and large timer screen.
What apps, if any, do you use for fitness and health? Let me know below!
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