If you’re stumbling at the first hurdle when it comes to your New Year’s resolutions, we’ve got the answer for you. Keep reading below for our favourite fitness apps to keep you fighting fit this summer and throughout the whole year.
MyFitnessPal is a great way to keep track of your diet and exercise – plus, it’s free to download. The app boasts a food database of over 6 million foods, allowing you to easily log your daily intake and keep track of calories and nutritional content. Scan barcodes for a quick and accurate nutritional breakdown of your food and even import your own home recipes. MyFitnessPal lets you choose specific weight goals, such as weight loss and gain, and charts your progress over time. You can also create your own exercises to include in your log and set yourself a daily step goal.
Want to try some classes but don’t want to limit yourself to a single gym or get locked into a contract? ClassPass allows you to access a wide range of workout classes with just one membership. ClassPass gives you credits each month that will allow you to book fitness classes in any participating studio in their network. This is the perfect app for commitment-phobes – as you can change or cancel your ClassPass membership whenever you want (however keep in mind that there is a fee if you want to reactivate it later).
If you’re not a personal trainer, figuring out exactly which exercises will help you with your specific fitness goals can get tricky. The Nike Training Club app offers over 185 free workouts, ranging from strength training to yoga, and creates a personalised plan to guide you through your fitness journey. Your plan will tailor itself to you and your progress, meaning the app can be used by those at any fitness level. Check out inspired workouts from A-lister athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo and Serena Williams to add some star quality to your exercises. For iOS users, Nike Training Club is also compatible with the Apple Health app.
To maximise the impact of your exercise, you should be consistently reviewing your progress. Instead of paying for a pedometer, another great option is to download Pacer, a free pedometer and step tracker app, straight to your smartphone. Using the app, you can create walking groups with family and friends to motivate each other to reach your daily step goals. The app uses a GPS to map your activity and can be synced with both MyFitnessPal and Apple Health. You can also track your weight and BMI through Pacer, helping you reach your target weight.
Don’t forget to monitor your water intake! Dehydration is a real possibility when increasing the frequency of your workouts, particularly if you’re a fan of outdoor exercise. For a cute and fun water reminder, check out Plant Nanny. The app gives you a virtual plant that you can care for by drinking your recommended water intake daily. Each time you finish a cup, input it into the app to watch your plant grow. Plant Nanny will track your hydration habits, so you can keep an eye on your progress – your success rate will be determined by the number of days you reach your target water intake.