So, you’re ready to turn the corner and become a brighter, better, and healthier you? Congrats on taking that first step! Although the experts at our Olathe gym believe it’s in your best interest to seek out a professional fitness trainer when you’re training or losing weight, sometimes starting slow is a worthwhile tactic to accomplish your goals. For those people who live by the adage that “slow and steady wins the race,” test out these amazing free apps to ensure you’re on the right track.
Apps for Working Out
Exercising is great, but to truly benefit from your workout, you should analyze your progress to adapt, evolve, and reassess your techniques and strategies—and that goes beyond the pounds coming off the scale. If you decide to forego partnering with a personal trainer like those at SunPoint Fitness, JEFIT may be your data-driven salvation.
With JEFIT, you’ll never look at pie again without seeing fractions and percentages. Every activity tracked in the app is synced with your profile, offering you a detailed look at your progress, including your session length, workout intensity, training breakdown, and more. Over 1,300 exercise tutorials and 3,500 full-week workout plans are also available, allowing you to vary your routine with just the tap or swipe of a finger.
Whether you’re building mass like Mac or filling out those abs, JEFIT is an excellent option in lieu of a personal trainer.
The Nike+ Training Club app is incredibly simple to use, offers over 100 challenging workouts built by Nike Trainers, and tracks all your activities no matter if you’re doing squats or walking to class. The workout library is where you’ll want to be; filter exercises by time (15-45 minutes), intensity level, equipment availability, and personal ability to ensure you’re making the best use of the features. You’ll also receive daily “Picks For You” that are tailored specifically to you based on your past routines or current progress.
Over 15 million users have fallen for Skimble’s Workout Trainer app. Workout Trainer is essentially a fitness expert that can fit in your pocket—but without the motivational benefits of face-to-face interaction with a professional personal trainer. If you want to gain access to a large selection of basic exercises, such as those for Yoga, endurance training, or weightlifting, use Skimble’s app.
Apps for Cutting Calories
LIVESTRONG’s calorie-counting app is the solution to tracking your daily intake. User-friendly and robust, MyPlate offers a predefined list of nutritional information for over 2 million food and drink items. Use your phone’s built-in barcode scanner to populate calories or simply create your own custom meal profiles. You can also create personalized goals for weight loss, set meal and water reminders, log workouts, and track your progress through daily snapshots.
The feature that pulled us into MyPlate is the 24/7 support provided by its ravenous community. Find others struggling to lose weight, follow their progress, offer praise, and learn from their mistakes using the app itself or from your LIVESTRONG.com profile page. With a support system like this, you shouldn’t have a problem finding the motivation to keep on keeping on.
As one of the most downloaded apps for counting calories, MyFitnessPal has helped millions of users lose a reported 200 million pounds (wow)! You’ll have access to more than 6 million foods and restaurant menu items, a handy recipe importer, meal diaries, step tracker, and more. Since it’s so widely used, MyFitnessPal also syncs easily with over 50 other apps and devices, allowing you to focus on the journey, not the little details.
“Search it, scan it, or snap it!” That’s the Lose It! motto, and it really is that simple to use. The free version of this app offers the essentials (calorie tracking, community access, Apple Health and Google Fit sync) as well as advanced support for a Wi-Fi Scale. To help you get over the hump, there are also games and challenges to tackle; if you’re a part of a group, you can also upgrade to the paid version and create your own private challenges.
Apps for Healthier Lifestyles
Track your weight loss. Bulk up. Eat healthier. Identify your unhealthy eating habits. Choose personalized diets. Find meals. Seriously—Lifesum gives you all the tools needed to put you on a healthier path. Our favorite Lifesum features include the built-in meal planner and healthy recipe book, inspirational fitness tips, and seamless integration with our fitness wearables. Plus, you’ll receive a “Life Score™” based on the data you enter. At SunPoint Fitness, we don’t normally enjoy grading a person, especially one whose goals are to better themselves, but these scores are a great way to assess your general health and wellbeing.
Runner-Up: Water Drink Reminder (Android)
Our bodies are made of 60% water. As we sweat, urinate, and generally go about our day, that water is lost or absorbed by our cells, organs, and tissues for a variety of reasons. When the water in our body is depleted, the kidneys begin to retain water taken from other vital organs and muscles, which can lead to a whole host of problems including chronic dehydration, kidney stones, poor cholesterol, and muscle damage.
But how much water should you be drinking? The old rule of thumb was to drink eight 8-oz glasses per day (8×8) to maintain your weight, though it’s now recommended that you drink half of your body weight (in ounces, of course, not pounds). For instance, if you weigh 180 pounds, you should aim for 90 ounces of h2o per day.
With the Water Drink Reminder, you can track your intake and set timers alerting you to pound down a glass of ice-cold agua. Many drink reminder apps are around, but the simplest to use is this one. If you’re on an Apple phone, try something like AQUALERT to help you stay on top of your fluid intake.
Too busy to cook meals, let alone plan them? Mealtime should step in as your sous chef. Enjoy highly customizable lists of delicious meals, all of which can be prepped and cooked in about 30 minutes. Got an allergy to nuts or hate fish? Personalize the types of meals you’ll receive in the feed to avoid certain foods. Best yet, when you click on the desired recipe, the app will populate an entire grocery list for you, meaning you won’t have to take pen to paper when you’re out and about doing what you do best. Just hit the grocery store and check the items off as you go!
Apps are all well and good, but if you’re just beginning your weight-loss journey or need a hand getting #swole, be sure to consider available personal training sessions at your local gym. For those in Olathe and Kansas City, head to our SunPoint Fitness studio to get the most out of your workouts! Our Olathe personal trainers are always available to help you achieve success so you can utilize those new workout apps more effectively.
Give us a call at (913) 267-5348 or visit our Olathe boutique gym at 15280 S. Keeler Street to discuss your membership options.
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