Whether it is to lose weight, improve endurance or just to stay fit, a good workout plan followed daily can help us achieve our individual health goals. But the path to fitness is quite an undertaking, which is often abandoned mid-way by many for lack of inspiration or just plain temptation. What we need is a good ally to help us win this on-going battle-with-the-bulge. Here are some of the amazing fitness Apps that can help you crack the health code.
Amiigo is an amazing App that enables tracking your workouts and fitness with the help of two-part devices, one – fitness bracelet and second – the mobile App. Both work in tandem to recognise variety of activities like walking, cycling, weight training, resistance exercise moves, swimming etc with the help of wearable motion-sensitive chips on your wrist and shoes that can record the movement and send the data to your tablet or mobile phone to keep a tab on your progress. Amiigo is a true activity partner that can help set individual goals and help monitor them to improve fitness, health and overall well-being.
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RunKeeper Pro is a great App for active runners, cyclists, hikers and skiers and is often compared to Nike+. It functions with a GPS technology to track your speed and route to determine and record the activity and workout effectivity. It also automatically syncs the workout data with RunKeeper website to create regular backlogs which can help you view the workout history and progress. The detail of activities recorded can even show you exact routes you have travelled even with elevations over a period of time. The paid version carries many more features that you would find totally worth your money.
Amongst all the Fitness Apps, Carrot Fit adopts a very slightly unconventional approach that mixes elements of threat, inspiration, motivation, ridicule or even a bribe to get you going with your workout plan. If you are looking for an assistant that will constantly nag you to lose that dollop of weight around your waist then Carrot Fit is the App for you. You are asked to regularly tune in to update your weight. The App compares it with previous records to either dole out statements of more humiliation in case of weight gain or some praise for losing it. The App is pretty simple with no added elaborative frills. Its aim is singular – hound you as if you were in a boot camp till you reach your goal.
One of the best fitness Apps available on Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone, Endomondo lets you track your fitness along with the progress on performance, record pep talks for your friends and receive it in-turn from them, create personal training plan, monitor heart rate etc. With just 2.50USD per month, you can access all this and much more. It links to an online website as well where you can keep a track of your performance over time on number of workout regimens including runs, bike rides and other activities. The interface is simple and social element lets you link with your friends across all platforms.
Ingress is a fitness App rolled into a game to help you get back into shape. The most difficult part of getting yourself to exercise is to have a motivation to step out of the house, even if it is for a short walk. The makers of Ingress recognised this lack of motivation as a challenge and have built an App which turns even the simplest act of going out of the house into a video game. It engages you in an interface where you have to roam around to ‘hack portals’ to prove your loyalty. You can either choose one of the existing missions or create one on your own to dive into complex hunt. The mission can involve walking, running or biking around the block in an attempt to get your desired fitness. So let’s get in shape.