Weight loss and fitness are on the minds of almost everyone I know right now. Even my own husband, who has never been big into exercise, got himself a gym membership. It’s a great resolution to have in the new year, but only if you stick with it. That’s the hard part. I’ve heard the gyms often get a huge boost in enrollment every January and by February they’re back to the usual crowd. The key is finding your motivation and holding onto it. I’ve found that the best way to do that (for me) is to make tracking my progress a daily priority.
Nearly everyone has a smartphone and if you’ve got one, I’ve got 5 fitness apps (for the Windows phone) that are great to have at your fingertips.
Total C25K App
Since taking some time off from the treadmill getting back into walking and jogging is tough. I started using this easy to follow Total Couch to 5k app that gives you daily workouts that start off very easy and build you up to being able to go from a couch potato to running a 5k. While I haven’t personally gotten that far I’m very impressed with the slow progression.
For example on day one you start with a 5 minute warm up walk and then alternate between fast paced walking and short 1 minute runs. The timer prompts you when it’s time to switch between walking and jogging.
Gym Pocket Guide App
While I haven’t hit the gym yet, my husband has. Many of the machines can be intimidating and unfamiliar to folks going to the gym for the first time or even returning after years of a sedentary lifestyle. This pocket guide gives you visual instructions and ideas for equipment to use. There’s workouts for the muscle building male/female, fat loss male/female and bulk muscle male.
The pictures guide you through each exercise and gives you a visual for the piece of equipment you’ll need to use.
Beginner Yoga App
Getting fit doesn’t have to be all about running or weight lifting. I’ve found that yoga is a great way to start the morning. My body gets stretched out and my mind ready to tackle the day. While I don’t have extra money for a yoga instructor, I do have the Beginner Yoga app. It includes 11 different poses that are designed for anyone that is new to yoga. Each pose has a description that tells you why you should do it and even disclaimers on why this pose may not be ideal for your body (like high blood pressure, pregnancy, back injury etc.)
There are also several photos of each pose so you can see how to do it properly.
FitBit Companion App
Another favorite, the FitBit Companion app. I’ve been a FitBit user for a year now. This app helps you keep track of your activity on the go. You’ll get all the data you would as if you were logged into the FitBit website including: activity, daily activity chart, body and sleep patterns.
You can also use the app to log activities as you complete them that the FitBit may not be tracking like dancing, swimming or cycling.
My Fitness Pal App
This is a great all-in-one fitness app that allows you to track calories in and out. It’s one of the best apps I’ve found for scanning bar codes on packaged food and has an extensive list of foods already available to search. You can even create a list of favorites that are consumed often. I find it helpful especially when I’m eating out so I don’t forget to track the calories.
It also works with your FitBit account (among others) to track your weight loss.
Disclosure – I received a Windows 8X phone by HTC as part of a program through Social Chorus. Opinions are based on my own experiences.