10 Fitness Apps to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Weight-Loss Resolution Slideshow
January 18, 2017
These health and fitness aides will help keep you on track
Fooducate is one of the highest-rated health and fitness apps, and it’s obvious why. By scanning the app over a product barcode, shoppers can see basic nutrition information, obtain the product’s health rank on a scale of A, B, C, or D, and also identify any hidden added sugars, trans fats, MSG, high-fructose corn syrup, or any other lurking food additives. If you’re an avid studier of nutrition labels, don’t go food shopping without this app.
It’s only normal to dread the gym. The facilities can get so humid with the perspiration of hundreds of sweating bodies that it feels as if you’ve just taken a tour through an especially damp portion of the rainforest. But Freeletics allows you to bypass all the crowds and smells of the gym with its catalog of exercises that can be done at home using just your body weight. The workouts are customizable and tailored to your personal level of fitness.
Though only available via the Android app store, Google Fit uses a fun interface to encourage users to log food intake, post fitness goals, and view progress. As you walk, jog, or bike throughout the day, Google Fit tracks distance, pace, and calories burnt. Sometimes visualizing all the progress we make helps motivate us to keep going.
Have you ever wondered how long it will take to reach your ideal weight? Wonder no longer. Happy Scale uses complex algorithms to predict your current and future rates of weight loss. This app is useful for those times when you doubt that your diet or exercise is having any effect because it maps your entire weight loss trajectory. Remember, weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint.
This is the most popular fitness app for a reason. MyFitnessPal contains nutrition information for more than 6 million different food products. This comprehensive database allows users to track their daily nutrient intake and notifies them if they are approaching their recommended daily intake for things like saturated fat and calories.
Weight loss starts in the grocery store. The ShopWell app connects users with their favorite grocery stores or rewards programs to reveal how healthy your shopping cart really is. But the coolest feature of the ShopWell app is that it allows you to take a picture of your grocery receipt and receive a list of healthier alternatives.
StrongLifts 5x5 Workout
The StrongLifts 5x5 app simplifies the gym experience by suggesting that the way to get fit is to perform three exercises, three times a week, for 45 minutes per workout. The app easily lets you track your weightlifting progress, coaches you on when to do certain exercises, tells you how much to lift for each workout, and tells you when to add weight. Best of all, it offers videos of the workouts so you can execute the perfect form. It really is like having a personal trainer in your pocket.
Weight Watchers has been around for decades, but the Weight Watchers app has revolutionized its points-based weight-loss system. Weight Watchers Mobile allows users to track their food, weight, and physical activity, as well as look up the PointsPlus value of thousands of items. The app also helps users in the kitchen with its recipe builder and cooking skills videos.
Yoga Wake Up
Calmly greet each day with the Yoga Wake Up app, which delivers customizable, quick, and simple yoga sequences. The app offers 10-minute wake-up routines created by renowned yoga teachers. With a variety of intensities and styles, you are in complete control of the pace of your workout.
Get in shape while preparing for the zombie apocalypse. Zombies, Run! is one of the highest-grossing fitness apps on iTunes. Plug in your headphone to hear your mission, but be careful: If zombies are in the area, you’re going to have to pick up the pace! With more than 200 missions and 1 million players, Zombies Run! might be the best thing since The Walking Dead.