Posted 01/02/2013 at 8:53 AM
Posted 5 years ago
So, we are at the start of a brand new year, which for many of us means a new attitude towards exercising and getting fit. Unfortunately, while many of us make fitness a top New Year’s resolution, there are very few people who have the time, or the motivation, to stick to a routine. This is where your smartphone comes to the rescue.
There are thousands of fitness related apps for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone that will help you stick to your goal of getting fit, by making exercise fun and social. Here are my top five:
The common problem with exercising is that is can quickly become monotonous – with Runno you can add social gameplay to your workout to ensure that boredom is never a factor. This app for iOS and Android lets you claim an area in which you work out as your ‘kingdom’ and battle with others that invade your area. Runno also lets you earn points for every calorie you burn, which can be converted in to a virtual currency known as Walluta.
4. Pocket Yoga
Yoga is one of the most popular fitness workouts there is – for men as well as women. Pocket Yoga by RainFrog was selected as one of the “10 great mobile health apps” of 2012 by CNN and has been called The Best App for Practicing Yoga” by Mac Life. The app offers 27 different yoga exercises and has three different variations, in three difficulty levels, and in three different durations.
3. Zombies, Run!
There can be no better motivation for running than the need to escape zombies and with Zombies, Run! this is exactly what you are required to do. You are a survivor in a zombie apocalypse and must complete missions and gather supplies, while avoiding the zombies that are out to get you. The whole saga takes place on your workout route and is played out with full audio.
2. Couch to 5K
Couch to 5K is an app that aims to do exactly as its title says: turn you from a couch potato into a 5K racerunner, and do so in just nine weeks! This app won the coveted 2012 Appy Award and features a virtual coaches tracking and progress reports, and a music player to get help you into shape.
RunKeeper is possibly the most popular fitness app out there and is certainly one of the best. RunKeeper uses your phone’s GPS to track virtually any exercise activity that can be done outside, be it walking, running, cycling, or hiking. The app will track your progress as you go and keep you alerted via audio. Your finished activities can then be saved and shared on social media.
With any of the five apps covered here, you should be able to make the most of your New Year’s fitness resolution, and who knows, you might even stick to it!