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Health and fitness apps of 2016

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With the end of August in sight and perhaps diminishing motivation for the ultimate beach body, the desire to get fit and healthy should not just be limited to the summer and for sunny days for the beach (although we are praying for an Indian Summer come September and October!). Maintaining and increasing ones fitness should be an all year round goal; not just so that we physically feel our best but also mentally. Following a steady year round routine also means that one does not need to drastically change their lifestyle come pre summer months.

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Now with increasing technology advancements and a flourishing base of health and fitness apps that are constantly updating, there is really no excuse to embrace them seeing as we are already superglued to our smartphones. In fact, there has been a rise in popularity of such apps as they primarily allow the option of exercise to ones weekly routine… flexibility! So whether you are a professional athlete, a regular gym goer, just new to the gym or a couch potato looking to begin your fitness regime, you can positively fuel and motivate themselves through your very own smart phone.

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Health and fitness apps can be incredibly beneficial…

  • For those who do not have enough time to go to the gym – there is huge flexibility to adapt your gym routine to do at home or wherever you are, even on holiday!
  • For those who do not want to spend masses on a gym membership, apps are also A LOT cheaper; some are even free!
  • For those who want to record and track their personal health and fitness goals – some apps are able to calculate and graphically report progress data
  • For those who have one sport they would like to specialise in i.e. running, cycling, yoga
  • For those who are at any fitness level, no one has an excuse to opt out and try something new!

There are hundreds of health and fitness apps available and with some charging a small cost, it is difficult to know which ones are worth buying. The hard work has been done for you as we compare reviews and ratings to find the best apps to download in 2016.

 

For those new to running

Couch to 5k

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If you’ve wanted to try running but never known where to start, Couch to 5K should be the next app you download. The free eight-week program gives users three workouts per week that get you ready for your local Turkey Trot or Fourth of July road race.

FREE; iOS and Android

For a serial runner or cyclist

Strava Running and Cycling 

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If you’re a serious runner or cyclist, you need one place to keep track of your most recent runs and rides, and no app comes close to the capabilities offered by Strava. The app can track distance, speed, elevation, calories burned, heart rate, power, and cadence. Then it synthesizes all of this data into easy-to-understand graphics.

FREE; with optional in-app purchases; iOS and Android

For a work out at home

No equipment required, just yourself. 

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Sworkit ‘Simply WORK IT’

Tell Sworkit the type of workout you’re looking for (strength, cardio, yoga, or stretching) and the amount of time you’ve got (anywhere from five minutes to an hour), and the app delivers the moves to follow during your sweat session. The pro edition ($4.99/month) has a few notable features, including the ability to save custom workouts, access your complete workout history, and eliminate ads. This is also compatible with Apple Watch.

FREE with optional in-app purchases; Android and iOS

For a 10 minute work out

HIIT at its best 

FitStar Personal Trainer 

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Shows workouts you can do quickly and inexpensively. Training is broken down into four types of workout styles: “get lean” (cardio), “get strong” (balance of bodyweight strength training moves), 10-15 minute “daily dose” workouts; and “freestyle”. At the core of the app is a patented algorithm that customises a user’s workouts, so an athlete can move at their own pace and and advance as they get stronger. There is also a user’s rating for each exercise which is used to adjust each routine. Difficulty ratings range from “too easy” to “way more brutal” than expected

FREE or Premium ($7.99/month or $39.99/year); Android and iOS

Or a 7 minute work out?

The Johnson & Johnson Official 7-Minute Workout

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Crafted by Chris Jordan who is the mastermind behind the original 7-Minute Workout. This “Smart Workout” is designed to challenge your fitness level and help throttle the intensity according to your ability, while the uncomplicated interface is designed to help you get through the bodyweight routine as simply as possible.

FREE

 

For those who lift

StrongLifts 5×5

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No need to carry around a paper and pencil while lifting at the gym anymore. This app keeps track of the exercise, number of reps, and rest time, so all you have to worry about is getting to the gym and getting huge stronger.

FREE with optional in-app purchases; Android and iOS

For outdoor lovers

Yonder 

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Think of this like Yelp for the outdoor enthusiast. Enter your location and find dozens of suggestions for hiking, biking, kayaking, and skiing with reviews and tips from fellow outdoorsmen and women.

FREE; Android and iOS

For gamers

Zombie’s, Run! 

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Running becomes way more fun when each step gets you closer to carrying out your mission, collecting materials for your base camp, and keeping humans safe from the zombie apocalypse. There’s a reason this game became the highest-grossing health and fitness app on iTunes in just two weeks—even though it’s free to download, you’ll start shelling out money like you do for Candy Crush. Except this game helps you get your sweat on.

FREE with optional in-app purchases; Android and iOS

For yogis

Daily Yoga 

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Never be bored by yoga again: More than 50 classes shot in HD video are just a few taps away. Each sequence has a specific focus, from increasing flexibility to strengthening your core. Plus, there’s a library with detailed videos of more than 500 poses.

FREE with optional in-app purchases; Android and iOS

For pilates

My Pilates Guru

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iTunes most popular Pilates app created by Pilates instructor Anya Hayes. Offers step by step instructions with 90+ exercises with high res photography. Build your own sessions, focusing on one body area and monitor your own progress.

£2.99

Food and nutrition

Because you need to eat well too! 

MyFitnessPal

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MyFitnessPal is the most popular health and fitness app in the world, and it’s easy to see why. The app’s database of more than 6 million foods makes it easy to track your diet, no matter what you eat. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or put on muscle, the app helps determine the best things to eat to meet your goals.

FREE with optional in-app purchases; Android and iOS

Fooducate 

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Makes grocery shopping surprisingly fun. Open the app, scan barcodes, and get a quick read on how healthy each item is. It also tracks sleep, mood, and hunger levels. Then Fooducate analyzes all of the information and provides feedback to help you meet your health and fitness goals.

FREE with optional in-app purchases; Android and iOS

Thrive Market 

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Buying healthy food has never been easier and cheaper. Thrive Market is basically the Costco for natural and organic products. Pay a yearly fee ($59.95) and have access to insane deals on everything from coconut oil to kale chips. The app makes it easy to shop for groceries whenever you’ve got the time, and then Thrive sends your order right to your door.

FREE; iOS

Mind and Brain

Meditation Studio 

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There are so many different types of guided meditation. Rather than try a general practice that focuses on relaxation, this app offers meditations catered to your needs, whether it’s anxiety, stress, happiness, or gratitude. And best of all, it’s a one-time fee for access to more than 160 meditations. ($2.99; iOS)

Sleep Cycle 

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Say sayonara to feeling groggy in the morning. This app measures your sleep cycle, as its name suggests. Then it wakes you sometime during a 30-minute window before your alarm when you’re in the lightest sleep state. Sure, you might get up before your alarm goes off, but you’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on the day.

FREE with in-app purchases on iOS, $0.99 on Android

Musical accompaniment

Motion Traxx

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Listening to music can be the perfect way to add extra oomph to your workout, but crafting the perfect playlist is tricky. That’s where Motion Traxx comes in. The app combines coaching from world-class trainers with music designed to set the perfect intensity for every phase of your workout.

FREE with optional in-app purchases; iOS and Android

Spotify Running 

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Part of the Spotify app (and let’s be honest, you probably already have that on your phone), Spotify Running measures your pace and picks a song with the beats per minute to match it. It’s about time your music matches your cadence instead of the other way around.

FREE; iOS and Android

Destress and relax 

Relax Melodies 

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The most popular and highly rated of the stress release apps on the market, Relax Melodies boasts at array of white noise inspired loops, which you can then mix with other loops or pair with songs on your device

FREE; iOS, Android and Windows Phone

 

Now without further ado, get downloading to renew and enhance your workout! It is important to note that an app should not replace ones motivation, they should be seen as a personal aid or guide to be made full use of!

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