Apps have been such a game-changer for the way we live our lives. They have an amazing ability to make our lives so much easier, including our health and fitness. I'm by no means "a tech guy" but these 5 apps are my essentials
I love a good app
I also love anything that makes my life even a % easier
Blending apps with fitness goals is a sure way to increase your chances of getting healthier, leaner and happier as we're rarely further than an arms-length from our phones at any time
Let's get started
The award for the most un-necessarily longwinded name goes to..
The gym log (GL) app is an amazing tool to track your progress in the gym or with your training
People need to understand that there's a HUGE difference between training and just working out
GL allows you to keep track of everything you do in the gym. From every second knocked off your 1-mile time to every extra rep on the leg press
To level up your fitness you have to be doing the best exercises over and over, and making sure you're getting stronger
With the assistance of this free gym log, you can ensure you're not only progressing with every workout, but you also know what you need to do to progress!
What I'd recommend you do is follow my guide in this post how to create your own workout plan, add-in your workout and focus on upping it every session
For a more full-proof approach, keep your eyes peeled for my new 6 and 12-week transformation programs I'm bringing out in the new year. I'll do all the planning for you and even set you up on my custom gym logging app
You've probably heard of MFP and for good reason.. it's incredible
MFP is a food tracking tool that boasts over 11 million foods in its FREE database
Think of MFP like a Tamagotchi, but instead of keeping a Japanese alien alive on a black and white console, you're keeping yourself alive
Download it. Upload your goals and data and MPF will give you a pretty generic daily calorie target. Now all you need to do is input all of your food as realistically as possible and make sure you hit as close to your calorie target as possible
Then what?.. You'll lose between 1-2lbs of fat a week. Like clockwork
I'll be honest. MFP gets boring really quickly. Food logging is never something we do for fun, BUT there's a reason why so many fitness professionals, physique athletes and personal trainers yammer on about it so much
It works like magic.
Yummly is awesssome
In essence, it's a recipe database. When you sign up it will ask you what allergies you have, if you have any dietary requirements etc
Then it will give you a list of foods for you to tick that you like
From here it will find recipes similar to ones you ticked you enjoyed
It then personalises your experience to show you as many recipes that fit into your requirements. Yummly isn't just for healthy meals, but of course the more healthy recipes you tell it you like, the more it will suggest
Apparently it learns too! The more you use it the more Yummly understands you and your food faves
You can also create shopping lists on the app too. So as you're mosying through all the various recipes you'll have the option to "Add all to shopping list" at the top
Now when you're in the supermarket you'll have a list of beautifully clean foods to add to your basket!
Yummly is free with the option to upgrade to pro (I've never personally bothered however)
Habitica is a habit-forming game
When you sign up you create a weird, pixellated avatar, very similar to how Pokemon characters looked on Gameboys
Your goal is to set positive habits you want to form and bad habits you want to break
As you check them off daily you get experience points, and you can level up as you go
If you miss daily tasks or habits your life begins to drop
Writing this down I'm really aware how nerdy it really is, BUT for some, this is going to be a really useful tool for creating new habits and changing their lives
Habit-forming and breaking is such an important and challenging task, but turning it into a blotchy game with similar graphics to Sonic the Hedgehog on Sega makes it a little bit more fun and manageable
Habitica is also free
Sworkit is a simple app that contains a huge database of stretches
What I really like it is you can select how long you want to stretch for and which target areas you want to focus on
I've started recommending this app a lot to office workers or clients who travel a lot and get neck and back pains
All they need to do is flick open the app in their lunch break, select a suitable routine and follow the slightly cheesy guided stretches
You can also press the music icon at the top and Sworkit will send you to Spotify so you can play recommended music at the same time. Which is pretty cool actually
Sworkit is free, but only a limited amount of routines are. If you're a daily user you might find yourself getting bored of the same sequences and want to upgrade to pro to get more
Apps are an awesome way to make your health, fitness and lifestyle goals a little bit easier
I tried to cover all areas of health and fitness with these (mostly) free apps
With my top 5 you can track your workouts, eat the right quantities, find recipes and create shopping lists, develop new habits and find daily stretches to decrease various pains and tightness
That's not bad ey! That covers the vast majority of your health
But truth be told the App marketplace isn't really my strong point, so if you have any other health and fitness apps that you would recommend, please either comment below or message me on my Facebook page!
Thanks for reading,
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