Now that I am past my holiday fitness rut, I’m more than ready to get back into my fitness zone. I was never into a hardcore workout routine, my goal was never to lose weight but rather to simply be fit and healthy, but I was doing piyo (combo of pilates and yoga, from the Beachbody company) 4-5 days a week and I was also going on hikes or runs once a week. It’s been about 2 months since I’ve had a consistent workout routine and my recent 5 mile hiking trip to Devil’s punchbowl more than showed me that I need to get back out there.
Having the proper help and motivation are must haves in order to stay on track and a lot of that help is closer than you think, it’s right in the palm of your hands. There are so many apps that help you log info and keep track of your progress.
These are a few of my favorite apps that have helped me a great deal:
1. Apple’s Health app:
This isn’t most people’s favorite app but I do like to use it since it is already integrated in my iOS. It tracks a lot of info and it can be easily connected with your other favorite apps so that all of your information is stored in one place together. I also love the medical history section. I don’t rely too heavily on this, I mostly like to check it for steps while I’m at work or walking around Disneyland. Other apps track steps but are huge battery drainers so for the simple things, I prefer to use Apple’s health app.
2. The Fitness Games app:
I was able to check out The Fitness Games app as a Sweat Pink Ambassador. I really loved this app because there are so many workout videos to choose from so that you can exercise absolutely anywhere. You get to pick from their existing workouts or create your own. Post photos and videos, connect with friends and challenge them, as well as challenge other users.
3. Map My Run
I’ve tried many running apps and Map My Run is by far my favorite. What I like the most is that you can map out your course before you even begin to get an idea of where you are going and how long of a run it’s going to be. You can log food and even buy gear. Another cool feature is that you can add what type of shoes you wear during your workouts and it lets you know when would be a good time to replace them, wearing proper shoes is extremely important! Map My Run connects to most devices to keep records and even has a “coaching” feature. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love this app.
4. My Fitness Pal
If you are looking to keep a close record of food and calorie intake, My Fitness Pal is the app for you. You can also log in workouts to help calculate how many calories you’re burning and how many you should or shouldn’t be burning. You can connect with friends to help keep each other accountable and share your progress. It’s so easy to use as it already has a large database of food saved including portion sizes and calories, even for foods from your favorite restaurants. I’m not into calorie counting but I like to use it to keep track of what I eat so I can stay on track with not overindulging on snacks since I can just go in and see a record of what I’ve been
stuffing myself with.