Written by Jade Wright • Published 09th July 2013
Motivation is a key when it comes to exercising. Without it, it would be very hard to work out.
If you don’t have a fitness buddy to help push you with your workouts, then these apps could help you keep on track. They are designed to keep you focused on your exercise regime, count calories and, above all, push you to go above and beyond your fitness goals.
Fitocracy caters to the competitive side that everyone has. The site rewards you with points for each workout activity you track, then awards you with badges and props for every milestone – similar to Foursquare. You can also sign up for challenges with friends or join community chat groups with members across the network.
Extra Pounds is a free weight loss network with an extensive archive of diet blogs, fitness articles, body logs and support groups. The networking site also includes a food diary feature, where you can plan and log your meals into a spreadsheet, then work out how much you need to exercise to burn off the calories.
The MBodyment Fitness Network is a collection of fitness related videos. If you register, you can also join any of the groups on the site and connect with personal trainers from a variety of gyms.
My Fitness Pal
When it comes to health and fitness tracking, MyFitnessPal is probably one of the most popular ones. The app has a database of 2 million food items to make it easier for users to keep track of their calories.
The platform can be used with all diets, whether it be low-carb, high protein or just eating healthier – and the best thing is, it’s free!
Nike Training Club
All you need to do is choose your fitness level and goal, and Nike Training Club picks from more than 100 workouts to get you on the fast track to fit – without the pricey personal training sessions.
The app allows you to choose from a selection of fitness related goals and shows you the exercises needed to get your body trim in quick time. What’s more, the app includes expert advice from the likes of Rihanna’s personal trainer, Ary Nunez and professional athletes like Hope Solo, Serena Williams and Paula Radcliffe. Detailed instructions and audio support are on hand to help you perfect each of Nike Training Club’s dynamic drills. Just choose a workout that fits your goal. Set it to your progress, earn your rewards and just see the results.
Instant Heart Rate
Knowing your heart rate is essential for fat burning cardio, and tracking your resting heart rate is a good metric to chart your progress and overall health. Not everyone can afford a fancy heart rate monitor, but it turns out that the smartphone has one built in the camera. Every time your heart beats, there’s a subtle change in your skin colour and your phone’s camera is sensitive enough to detect it! Within 10 seconds, you will have your measurement. The paid version allows you to store your results and view graphs – you can also share your results via email and social media.