Whether you are starting a new training program or are an athlete who has trouble rising before the sun to train, needing that extra bit of motivation is more common than you think! We all need that extra little push to go further, and these 5 apps will help you get there!
The MyFitnessPal app is a great coach to support you as you as you try to get back in shape! It allows you to set realistic goals and helps you achieve them by offering over 350 cardio and strength exercises. During your training, nutrition is just as important in your fitness activities. MyFitnessPal tracks your calories, protein, carbohydrates, fat, fibre, and cholesterol intake to provide you with a comprehensive nutritional database on a daily basis. Everything you eat will be tracked! This app functions with the Fitbit sports watch that monitors your activity during the day and night, and is extremely helpful in your journey to getting into shape.
To allow your body to adapt to the stress of working out, you should only gradually increase your training. Not only will your body thank you for this, it will also prevent muscle and joint injury. By increasing your fitness activity with the Progression app (only available on Android), you will be encouraged to achieve your goals and to improve yourself on a day-to-day basis. This app remembers your latest results (yes, even the bad ones!) to give you the motivation to help you surpass your personal best from time to time. The interface of this app is simple and you can also sync your workouts and track your progress with the help of different graphs through its integration with Dropbox. All that is left is for you to put on your new workout shoes and rise to the challenge!
C25K (Couch to 5 km) helps take you, as the name suggests, from your couch to the finish line! Designed for runners who want to improve their performance, C25K created an interval training program that alternates between walking and running to help you gradually increase your endurance and cardiorespiratory health. If you follow this program for 30 minutes, 3 days a week, you will be able to run 5km in approximately 8 weeks. To avoid injury, when you are starting out (or re-starting), it is important to let your body get used to the impact and for your joints to get stronger.
The fitness app Pact creates a system that allows you to win money! The idea is that you make a pact with the community within this app to help keep you on track. Pact challenges you to move for 30 minutes of consecutive intense exercise or to take 10 000 steps each day. Food Log Pact helps you regulate what you are eating to the recommended 1200 calories each day and Veggie Pact urges you to consume more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Once you have accomplished your goals, you will receive financial compensation, but if you fail, you will have to pay! This app also works with your Fitbit and is a fun way to keep up your health resolutions.
Physical fitness can help improve your sleep, concentration, bone health, vision, fertility, cardiac health, and more. But did you know that it can also improve the world in which we live in? Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, the Charity Miles app gives money to charities based on your efforts. This is the perfect opportunity to try out a new sport. Otherwise, play a game of badminton to help improve your coordination, flexibility and balance. Love the gym? This app also works for any sport played indoors (except for cycling).