Staying fit and organising a stringent exercise routine that helps you stick to your goals, can be difficult at times when motivation wanes. Fortunately, we live in a time where there is an app for just about everything. Why not make use of fitness apps? They can help you stick to your fitness goals by making exercise interactive and interesting, allowing for easier management of your routine.
Whatever your fitness goals, there are a number of benefits to merging technology with your routine that will help you stay true to them:
How mobile fitness apps are transforming the fitness industry
Mobile apps have wormed their way into just about all aspects of life. They bring with them a sea of varying benefits. When it comes to exercise, the situation is no different.
One of the greatest advantages behind exercise and fitness apps, is that they ‘gamify’ your exercise routines. Thus making them a little more fun to conduct. This makes them the perfect motivator for those that see exercise as a form of self-punishment.
These apps provide the means to share your accomplishments on social media, track your progress and set schedules. Furthermore you can customise your app to suit your workout routine and fitness goals. All these features make them extremely popular and are just a few good reasons to take a look at some of the fitness apps available for download.
A recent study from JMIR Publications examined whether the use of exercise apps are associated with increased levels of exercise and improved health. The conclusion:
Exercise app users are more likely to exercise during their leisure time, compared to those who do not use exercise apps. Thus essentially fulfilling the role that many of these apps were designed to accomplish. Data also suggest that one way that exercise apps may increase exercise levels and health outcomes such as BMI, is by making it easier for users to overcome barriers to exercise, leading to increased self-efficacy. We conclude that exercise apps can be viewed as intervention delivery systems consisting of features that help users overcome specific barriers.
To that end, here are some of the best free ones in circulation which will transform your workout routine.
Charity Miles is a fantastic free app on the iTunes store that allows you to give back to the community as you work out. Corporate sponsors associated with Charity Miles, will donate a few cents for every mile you complete.
When paired with a compatible heart rate monitor, the Digifit iCardio app is the perfect companion for obtaining detailed feedback on your workout time, heart rate, distance and pace. Even though it is a free app, it only works with a heart rate monitor which means there will be an initial investment of hardware required before you can use it.
Jefit Workout is a great digital companion for planning and logging your workout routines. It makes working steadily towards your fitness goals a lot easier than it would be with a pen and notebook. It is a fairly simple app without an overwhelming array of features. Nonetheless it has exactly what you need to craft a workout plan. Therefore helping you keep track of your short and long-term progress.
In the spirit of making exercise fun, Zombies, Run! is fantastic for those that need an injection of excitement on their daily jogging route. It works with your GPS, music library and headset. The the app tells an engaging zombie survival story. Therefore you find yourself running with a bit more vigor to escape the snarls and snaps of nearby zombies. Additionally it also logs your time and distance, and rewards you for excellent performance.
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