best fitness apps

Are you glued to your cellphone? Turn your technology addiction into a healthy habit. Here are the best fitness apps you should check out to help you reach your goals.

If you want to keep a close eye on what you eat…

Whether you’re counting calories or macro nutrients, such as carbs, proteins, and fats, MyFitnessPal will help you stick to your nutrition goals. It’s also an excellent option if you’re trying to figure out whether you have any food sensitivities or limit your snacking. It’s a staple on most gym-goer’s phones because it syncs with most fitness trackers and the possibilities are endless.

What it is:

Track your weight, food and water intake, not to mention your daily workouts. It syncs with your FitBit so you can see how many extra calories you’ve “earned” by getting your 10,000 steps in. What do we love most about this app? Well, it’s pretty cool they have thousands of food items in their database, including plenty of store brands – hey, Market Basket old fashioned oats! You can also feel like a food blogger by entering in your own recipes and saving the nutrition facts. All in all, this app is a must-try!

Price: Free, Premium is $49.99/year

If you wish working out was more fun…

Have you ever wondered why playing sports was so much fun when you were younger? Sure, you got to hang out with your friends and those orange slices were awesome, but think about it. Sports are games. For example, you never noticed you ran miles during a soccer game because you were having so much fun! Here’s why Fitocracy would be a much-needed distraction to your workout.

What it is:

You know that cellphone game your addicted to? It’s not going to be replaced with Fitocracy. This app has made working out an actual game. All you have to do is enter your workout into the app, choosing from hundreds of different exercises. If you’re lifting weights, you add the weight and number of reps. For cardio you enter your speed and time. The faster and heavier you go, the more points you earn. The more you workout, the more often your character levels up and earns badges.

Price: Free

If you’re motivated by money…

Let’s be honest, who isn’t? Having money on the line makes people do a lot of crazy things. Like going to the gym every Tuesday at 6:30, rain or shine to meet with their personal trainer. Did you know that paying for a personal training session motivates you to get to the gym? A monetary commitment is a surefire way to ensure you’ll stick to your gym schedule. But what about an app that pays you for making healthy decisions? Pact might give you the extra push you need to achieve your goals.

What it is:

Whether your goal is to go the the gym more, eat healthier, or keep a close eye on your calories, there’s a Pact for that. Each week you’ll create a pact, such as walking at least 10,000 steps 3 times a week. You’ll also wager a small amount of money. If you accomplish your goal by the end of the week, you’ll win the bets of people who didn’t meet their goal. Did life get in the way this week? We bet you’ll be a lot more motivated once you have to pony up your wager for other Pact users who accomplished their goals.

Price: Free, plus your wagers. Wagers are optional.

If you’re bored of running on the treadmill…

Running is one of the best forms of cardio, but slogging away on the treadmill for 30 minutes gets pretty boring after a while. You could run outside, but New England’s weather can change on a dime. There’s a threat of getting hit by a car when you run the road, and we never recommend running trails alone. If you like to live life on the edge, we recommend Zombies, Run! to get your heart racing; whether that’s out of fear or your workout, we’ll never tell.

What it is:

We promise that this isn’t a game for middle schoolers, although it is an excellent way to get your kids to go outside and play. Zombies, Run! is an interactive running app like Map My Run but a whole lot more fun. You run to your own music until zombies come out of nowhere, encouraging you to pick up your speed until you’re back to safety. You can collect items and follow missions, making logging your miles a lot more entertaining than it used to be. There’s also a treadmill feature so you can be a hero, rain or shine.

P.S. They also have their own version of Couch to 5k if you’re just getting into running.

Price: Free


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