If you’re anything like me, you will have justified every last little piece of chocolate you could over the past few days. After all, if you can’t eat chocolate at Easter, when can you? To add to my chocolate splurge, Lent came to an end on Sunday, which meant my ban from eating crisps was lifted and I pretty much spent the weekend trying to make up for the six weeks I’ve gone without them. As a result, I’m now feeling in desperate need of a detox. So I got up early this morning, hit the gym, I’ve planned healthy meals for the rest of the day and I’m following these tips to get back into a fitness routine. But there’s something else I find really helps when I’m tracking my fitness progress and that’s apps, and having road tested a lot of them, here are five of the best ones:
1. Yoga Studio – Admittedly, I’ve never been the biggest fan of yoga, but this app is rapidly changing my mind. The classes on offer cover off everything from beginners to advanced and there is even yoga for runners, which I find really useful. There’s also a section that breaks down all of the yoga moves and sequences, which for a newbie like me is really helpful.
2. RunKeeper – Where would I be without Runkeeper? This is probably my most well used app. I use it to track my runs and I find the voice alerts really helpful (every time I clock up another kilometre, it lets me know). Easy to use and informative, it doesn’t just track running but walking and a whole host of other activities. This is an app I would struggle to live without.
3. Tabata Timer – If you’ve dabbled in Tabata training then you’ll know how vital a stopwatch is. This is free and does exactly what it says on the tin, leaving you to focus on getting those circuits in.
4. Seven – This simple app is great if you want to get your heart rate up quickly, but don’t have time for a long workout. It’s built around a 7-minute workout principle, with mini circuits to really get your pulse up. And the best part is you can do almost all of it at home.
5. My Fitness Pal - It’s a hard pill to swallow but if you want to see real results you need to put the hours in in the kitchen, as well as the gym. That’s why I like My Fitness Pal. I don’t use it as a calorie counter, which is what a lot of people do, but to get a breakdown of the protein, carbs, etc, that are in certain foods, so I know I’m getting the right balance of nutrition for the day.
Do you use any fitness apps? I’d love to hear your recommendations!
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