Fit Tech: 4 FREE Mobile Apps to Help You Stay Fit This SummerJune 29, 2012 3:27 pm ·
Many of us are quick to associate technological advances with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. For some, it might be sitting glued to an office chair in front of a desktop for hours on end. For others, maybe it’s huddling up on the couch losing track of time while continually tapping or clicking away on a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Meanwhile, there exist in the tech world countless gadgets and programs specifically purposed with getting people like you and me to eat better, exercise regularly, and keep the greatest of all technologies—our bodies—working at peak performance.
In this special summer edition of the Friday Four, we’re going to take a look at four great mobile apps that will help you reach those goals you set back in January just in time to enjoy the best season of the year.
Available for the iPhone and Android phones, this free app from Nike allows users to build daily, time-efficient custom workouts based on their area of focus and level of expertise. For example, if you’re just starting out and want to begin by building up your cardio, you can choose the cardio category, tell the app that you’re a beginner, and then follow the 30- or 45-minute workout that Nike creates for you.
What’s particularly nice about this app is that it both builds your workouts for you and keeps track of your progress, allowing you to unlock exclusive workouts once you reach certain levels. If you’re determined to get in shape this summer, this free app from Nike has some nice features to keep you motivated.
If you’re interested in the benefits to your core strength, flexibility, and general well-being that yoga has to offer but aren’t quite ready to join a yoga class, the Prêt-à-Yoga Lite app brings yoga class right into your home or office. And with settings for everyone from beginners to experts, this app from Prêt-à will help you toward your summer fitness goals without having to join an expensive gym or yoga club.
Prêt-à-Yoga Lite includes complete instructions, demonstrations, and even some calming music so that you get the full yoga experience. This app also has versions for both the iPhone and Android-powered smartphones.
If starting a healthy diet and actually keeping to it is the hardest part of keeping yourself in shape, this free app from MyFitnessPal has a built-in accountability mechanism. By linking to your Facebook account and allowing you to choose a specific group of friends to help you, this app will post your progress—for example, meeting your weight loss goal—in the feeds of your accountability group. Such a clever feature will help you think twice before breaking with your diet plan, and if you have a relapse every now and then, your friends will be there to keep you motivated.
This free app, which is available for users with Apple and Android devices alike, also has a daily calorie counter to help you keep track of what you’re eating in real time. That way you can make sure that you’re not only avoiding too much of the bad stuff (sugar, sodium, saturated fat), but enough of the good stuff (fiber, calcium, and vitamins) too.
Another difficult thing on the journey to getting fit and staying fit is having the right recipes so you can still eat healthy without going broke Enter Epicurious. With a seemingly endless library of recipes from top-rate sources, this app gives users choice after choice of delicious meals, including dessert. What’s nice about this particular app—besides being free—is its shopping list feature, which helps users gather the right ingredients to cook your own meals. And finally, as with all of the other apps I’ve included, Epicurious is available to Apple and Android device users alike.
Obviously these are only a few of countless apps—many of them free—that can help you improve your health as summer gets into full swing. If you use an app that’s been particularly helpful for you to get and stay fit, please feel free to share it in the comments below.
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