Modern technology offers us a lot these days: ultra-fast ways to get in touch, pay bills, stay up-to-date on the news, or just about anything else our heart desires.
Of course, our hearts desire health, too, and luckily, there’s an app for that.
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Music is one of the best ways to get you (and keep you) motivated for a workout. The FIT Radio app gives you constantly updated, customizable, and upbeat playlists to help you get sweaty. You can even select songs that’ll match your running pace or try coach-guided workouts that’ll keep you from slacking off when the going gets tough…exactly as it should during a challenging workout!
Based on research from Harvard-educated behavioral economists, stickK is your go-to goal setting app. You can use it set and commit to a fitness goal (or any other type of goal for that matter), track and share your progress, and stay accountable with the help of optional features like betting money on yourself (with money going to a charity of your choice if you’re unsuccessful) or sharing your weekly progress with supporters.
With over 6 million foods in their database, the creators of MyFitnessPal are favorites among people who are learning to watch (and think differently about) what they eat. You can easily log the food you eat, track your macro- and micronutrient intake (great for IIFYM or flexible dieters), and even log and track exercises or daily steps.
We’ll be the first to tell you that eating enough food to support lean muscle and intense physical activity is critical. But believe it or not, skipping breakfast every now and then isn’t the end-all-be-all that traditional fitness lore may have you believe. Ample scientific research suggests that intermittent fasting or time-restricted eating can do everything from reducing inflammation to accelerate body fat loss to increase muscle mass. The app Zero is a simple streamlined way to keep track of your intermittent fasts. Plus, it provides links to interesting resources on the science behind this age-old health remedy. Important disclaimer: be sure to chat with your doc before fasting!
You can’t have health without body and mind! From the makers of Zero, Oak is a user-friendly meditation app that offers everything from guided meditations to relaxing soundscapes and breathing exercises. You’ll love developing a meditation or mindfulness practice with this app in your pocket!
Got a few other favorite fitness apps of your own? Let us know about it the comments below!