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Apr
2015
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5 of the best fitness apps

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:

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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!

Image credit: Yoga Studio.

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  • http://www.brookemeaganjones.com/ Brooke Jones

    I can’t blame you for getting into the crisps! I’ve stopped buying them because I’ll eat a big bag in one sitting if they’re in the house lol I’ve made it my mission to get back into running this spring/summer, so I’m definitely going to check out RunKeeper!! I suppose I could already start using it for my walks. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    I have the Seven app! I’m not good at maintaining a routine of lengthy workouts, so it’s perfect for me. I also use S Health which keeps track of how many steps I’ve taken throughout the day, exercise goals, your weight, your sleep patterns, food you’ve eaten, etc. I really only use the pedometer function right now as I’ve been walking all over London lately. I’ll have to check out the apps you posted about! x

  • http://fromthedeskofj.com/ Jenny | From the Desk of J

    I will have to check out the tabata timer and yoga studio app! I’m a big fan of HIIT and I’ve heard tabata is similar, and I’ve been doing a 30 day yoga challenge on YouTube which I’ve really been enjoying. I’ve never tried fitness apps so I’m excited to give these a try :)

  • http://www.clevergirlreviews.com/ Clever Girl Reviews

    MyFitnessPal and Runkeeper are both on my phone. I use it to track my walks, I have a bad knee and an injured knee on the other side so unless I’m having a great day, there is no running. I also use MFP as a macronutrient tracker and a way for me to make sure I’m not eating too much sugar. Most days I eat right around my caloric goal without trying to monitor it. Today, I will probably exceed it because I’m making my Shepards Pie for the first time in 5 years. There will be cheese, a merlot demi, and a lamb/beef/veg combo at the bottom. I might even throw on some buttered peas!

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  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    I don’t really use many fitness apps, but I think that’s going to change! These look great. I especially like the sound of My Fitness Pal and the yoga one. I have definitely been splurging a lot this holiday so really need to get back to a proper fitness regime! xxx

  • http://www.globetrottinginheels.com/ Elisa

    I have Seven and MyFitnessPal on my iPhone too, and while I haven’t used Seven a whole lot yet, I really like the “portable” version of MyFitnessPal! I can get a bit neurotic when I do food journaling, but MFP keeps it simple :-)

  • http://meandmr.com melaniekay

    These are great! I’m going to have to check these out!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  • Jane Fitfabfun

    Love those! So cool!
    xo, Jane
    http://www.fitfabfunmom.com

  • http://littleturkishgirl.blogspot.com Ashley J

    OOoooo…I need to download the yoga app! Seven really intrigues me. Thanks for these (from a self-proclaimed couch potato that could always use a little push).

  • http://ourruins.com/ Valerie Price

    These are such great suggestions! I love using the My Fitness Pal App…it is definitely a great way of keeping track of daily nutrition!

  • http://somethingshavehappened.blogspot.co.uk/ Siobhan

    I love the My Fitness Pal warns me when I am eating too much sugars and so on as it looks at my balance over the day so I don’t have to. I also like Moves for tracking my walks though it can sometimes miss an entire hour long lunchtime walk which is annoying. I’d also recommend a meditation app to look at holistic health and fitness as a gentle reminder to stop everything can be good. I used to use Headspace for that, but now I like to do loving kindness meditations every day instead.

  • http://www.dearskim.com/ Sara // Dear Skim

    Everyone’s talked about the My Fitness Pal site and app and I’ve never gotten on board for the reason you say you don’t use it for — calorie counting. I like that you use it to get a breakdown of what you’re putting into your body without killing yourself over the calories. Might have to give it a whirl!

    Sara // dearskim.com

  • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

    I love My Fitness Pal. Will have to check out the Seven app, sounds like my kind of workout!