5 Apps To Get In Shape in 2017
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Most people have given up on their resolutions at this point in the year. But, if you still want to make 2017 your most healthy year yet (and you still can!) , there are a ton of apps to help you set your fitness goals and stay on track every day. Whether you’re an elite runner who’s looking for a playlist that automatically adjusts to your pace, or you’re just beginning a strength training routine and want some expert guidance, you’ll find something on this list just for you. Lace up your sneakers and get ready—this is bound to be your healthiest year yet!
Let’s kick this list off with a super simple app: Streaks. You can choose up to six different “tasks” you want to turn into habits — like walking to work, flossing your teeth, doing your cervical traction at home or practicing a new language. Then, set how frequently you want to do the task (it could be daily or less frequently).
Every time you complete a scheduled task, the streak continues! The goal is simple: don’t break the streak! It sounds overly simple, but it’s actually a highly effective habit-changing technique. Streaks is a great app to start with if you’re brand new to conscious habit improvement.
One of my favorite apps!
4-Minute Workout may just be the world’s fastest exercise plan. You’ll work your entire body in just four minutes with this app. It’s based on a popular regimen called “Tabata,” which was originally used by Japanese Olympic athletes. But how effective can a four-minute workout really be?
Tabata routines are said to be five times more effective than traditional cardio workouts. You’ll go through 8 different cycles of exercise with 20 seconds of intense bursts, followed by 10 seconds of rest.
This high intensity interval training (HIIT) is designed to kickstart your metabolism, burn more fat, and achieve results faster. For only four minutes a day, there’s not a lot to risk by giving this a try. But, if you’re skeptical and want to start with a longer workout, you can always give the New York Times 7-Minute workout a shot instead.
This is a great app for those who travel a lot, or have kids and can’t workout 30-45 mins a day!
Fitocracy is like carrying your personal trainer around with you on your phone. You’ll do an assessment to create a personalized plan for success—so whether you’re just starting out or are a long-time athlete, you’ll find the right workouts for you. Then, use the app to guide you through actual workouts, one set at a time. You’ll also have access to a personalized nutrition plan built around your health needs. Even better? For a small daily fee, you can pick a coach or join a coaching program to keep you accountable and on track.
If you’re looking for an app to help you target specific muscle groups and build a custom-fit workout plan, check out fitbod. This tool will study your workout history, adapt to available gym equipments, and understand your strength training abilities. This is a great tool to use if you’re new to the gym and want to try different machines that at first seem daunting. If your goal is strength training, muscle tone, bodybuilding, or even Olympic lifting, this is a great app to help you fine tune your workouts and keep track of your fitness progress.
Runners, get ready—this app is about to make your day. Weav Run will adjust your music experience in real-time based on your level of activity. Whether you’re going for a quiet walk, or sprinting, or doing a training run for your next half marathon, Weav matches the pace using adaptive music tracks. Music ranges from 100 to 240 bpms, so there’s something perfect for you for every workout. You can also opt to lock in a particular tempo if you want to do a pace run and use the music to keep you on target. Use this app to track the progress of your workouts, and try an intro run when you’re first starting out to get comfortable with Weav.
Working out takes…well, work. It’s not always easy or fun—especially when you’re starting out. But any of us who have worked out consistently know that exercising and maintaining your health ultimately feels great.
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