As the temperature drops, unfortunately, activity levels tend to drop with it. The motivation to achieve the best summer body gets buried under layers of sweaters and an over-sized jacket. According to a Gallup research study conducted in 2015, June is the most active month for Americans with a decrease in reported physical activity the second half of the year. The study also shows that people who set exercise goals have a more intense feeling of self purpose.
Whether the challenge is staying motivated, carving out time between family activities, falling into the temptation of holiday treats, or simply just not wanting to go out in the cold, there is an app out there to help you stay on track. With mobile fitness applications, smart phones have gain another function – personal training. Here are a few of the current top trending fitness apps.
Nike + Training
Created by fitness pros and athletes, the Nike + Training app is designed for people who find it difficult to get to the gym, but still want a solid workout. The app provides a variety of workouts that can be done anytime and anyplace.
Once the app is downloaded each user creates a free account (if you shop on Nike.com you can use the same log-in) and there is a plethora of workouts designed to appeal to ever fitness level. The workouts are filtered by focus areas, duration, intensity, and equipment availability. The app coaches the user through the entire workout by timing the workout and throwing out words of encouragement through the toughest portions.
The MyFitnessPal App is powered by Under Armour Connected Fitness platform. MyFitnessPal allows users to not only track food and caloric intake, but also carbohydrates, protein, sodium, sugar, and many other dietary elements. The app also takes into account activity levels and can adjust daily. Food intake can be entered manually or by scanning the food packaging barcodes with the phone’s camera.
There is also an option to create a weight loss plan that follows a calorie deficit model, which targets burning more calories than someone consumes. The app forecast potential weight loss or gains based on the information inputted by the individual. Avoiding an extra slice of apple pie is least tempting when the app is tracking the users’ ever bite.
Carving out time to work out can become increasingly difficult as calendars are filled with holiday events; but, the FitNet app helps keep users on track in a time crunch. The FitNet app provides the user with over 200, five to seven minute targeted workouts that can be squeezed in throughout the day. Time commitment is a major hindrance when it comes to achieving workout goals, but the app allows the user to squeeze in workouts.
The app also supports a few unique features such as using the phone’s camera to measure how closely the user follows the moves. The app also syncs with the Apple Watch to track heart rate and cardiac zones.
Outside of personal appearance or health goals, being active can help others. Charity and fitness have been united within the app Charity Miles. The app links users with a charity and for every mile walked, ran, of biked corporate sponsors donate money to support a cause.
By using the phone’s GPS sensors, miles are tracked and ever mile equates to money for a charity. The app can be used whether the user is outside walking their dog or running indoors. Finding motivation to stay active can come in many forms.
The quote “there is an app for that” holds truth when it comes to fitness. There is a multitude of fitness apps with functionality tailored towards unique audiences. These apps make fitness available right at the users’ fingertips.