We know how hard it can be to successfully reach your weight loss targets, sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to dedicate to the fitness and healthy planning we all aim to stick to.
So why not use the social media and its applications to their best use. In this post we have compiled a list of the Top … applications and social media tools that are available for free for you to download and use in conjunction with your FULLfast programme. Starting from the top….
Looking for some help with motivation? Fitocracy “gamifies” your workout, which means you gain points as if you were in a video game every time you workout. How cool is that? When you start out, you’re able to personalize your experience with a few simple questions – how often you work out, your perceived fitness level, age, weight, etc. Some of these things are shown publicly, but in a very smart move, Fitocracy lets you keep facts (like your weight) hidden from public. Everything else Fitocracy users earn points every time they log a workout, and can even participate in “Quests,” or sets of gym challenges that will “shock” your body into working on a new muscle group. There are even quests endorsed by Mr. Universe himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger!
GAIN Fitness Cross Trainer is great for beginners who are ready to commit to a workout or anyone just looking for some new inspiration. GAIN Fitness Cross Trainer has tons of moving images of real people doing strength moves, yoga positions and cardio exercises so you’ll always be sure you’re doing the move correctly. Another thing that really makes this app useful is that it will customize your workouts to the amount of time you have, your fitness level, and the parts of the body you want to target.
Why You Need It: The fact that the images move really helps you become confident with a new move. I also love the fact that they’re all in one app really helps when you’re on the go, and that you can put together workouts based on how much time you have available.
3. Polar Beat
Polar Beat is a sleek tracking app that is designed to keep you moving outside and inside the gym. Polar Beat helps you plan out your workout with a list of every possible cardio activity, and then asks you about your goals. Whether you’re looking to improve your distance, your time, burn a certain amount of calories or just track whatever you end up doing, Polar Beat has you covered. During your workout, a Siri-like voice will keep you paced by reminding you of how much time you have left (and yes, you can shut it off if you like.) There’s also a live map to show you where you’ve been, and displays for your distance, calories burned, pacing and heart rate. To get the full experience and track your heart rate more accurately, grab a Polar H7or H6 heart rate sensor. Polar Beat is the app from people who know fitness, and is a must-have tool for your phone.
Why You Need It: The simple interface really makes this app stand out. Polar Beat makes it easy for anyone to see their history, set their goals, and input their exercise. I also love the clear reminders that are spoken to you through the phone or your headphones – you can stay “in the zone” without looking at your phone.
4. Lose It!
This popular app features a free barcode scanner, a recipe builder, and a comprehensive database of food and activities. Users can add food to the database and track nutrients like protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Free. Availability: Android and iPhone.
Reviewed by more than 300,000 people on iTunes and nearly that many in the Android Market, this top app comes with a barcode scanner to see what’s lurking in your favorite packaged foods and help you tally up the calories you eat every day. A database contains more than 750,000 foods. Free. Availability: Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows Phone.
This app lets you scan the barcode on food products to get a quick health grade from A to F. Tracks your weight but also clues into the nutritional quality of the food you’re buying. Helps you create healthy grocery lists. Free. Availability: iPhone, Android.
This app, which offers both a free version and a Pro version for less than $3, can be used for a variety of sports, such as running, cycling, and walking, showing GPS tracking route, distance, duration, and calories burned. On certain handsets, the app also supports integration with built-in music players and Bluetooth heart rate monitors from Polar and Zephyr. Availability: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry.
8. Diet Point
Sleek and intuitive, DietPoint is your weight loss assistant offering 55 unique diet plans from every category: vegetarian, low carb, detox, fad, and blood type. It also includes grocery lists for every diet and meal by meal instruction, along with meal reminders. You’ll also receive a BMI and Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) calculator, which tracks the amount of energy you expend at rest, along with an exercise expenditure calculator. For that added push, you’ll receive dieting tips and tricks along with a large discussion forum, where you can get guidance from your fellow dieters.
9. Nom Nom
All your nom nom nomming, has gotten you in need of Noom Weight Loss Coach. Along with a personalized and interactive weight loss plan, this app provides you with daily tasks: informational articles to read and fun challenges to do, activity reminders, plus easy and convenient food and exercise logging to help create more lasting changes.
You’ll receive new daily food and exercise tasks to keep your program fresh, an exercise tracker with real-time GPS, and a pedometer to record all your activities. The app also includes a Daily Noom score to reward you and track your progress and social networking integration with Facebook and Twitter so you can share your success stories with friends and family.
10. Gym Pact
Put your money where your mouth is and shed some lbs. Gym Pact lets you make a pact with the app’s community of users. If you live up to it, you can earn money. If you don’t, you owe money. “I use this to keep me motivated,” says reviewer Prtybttrfly. “I’d rather work out for 30 minutes than pay $5.”
It’s not all that easy to cheat either. The app uses GPS software to know if you’re check-in at the gym is legit, or if you’re just surfing from your couch. If you don’t use a gym, don’t worry. You can track your activity through RunKeeper, another app on this list. A new feature: the app syncs with the Jawbone UP wristband, and you get a bonus workout if you complete your 10,000 steps per day by the end of the day.
11. Run Keeper
Use your phone’s GPS to monitor your running, walking, cycling, hiking, and biking. Each entry shares your total time, pace, and calories burned. Prompts from the app can give you encouragement and feedback as you exercise. You can even set personal goals for weight loss, improved pace, or longer distances, which the app will track for you.
Want to brag? You can share your exercise on social media and with other friends using the RunKeeper app. RunKeeper is used by many other apps, including MyFitnessPal, to accurately measure your exercise and log your daily movements.
Strength-training stars, this one’s for you. Create a profile and enter your current stats: your weight and how much you can lift. Set a goal for yourself or pick a workout based on your fitness goal, such as “Building Your Beach Body.” The app selects a workout routine and tells you the number of sets, reps, and how much weight you should use. It also has a built in rest period.
If you don’t understand an exercise, the app has detailed photos for each exercise in the workouts. Reviewer Allison Webb said, “As a beginner to strength training, I could never have accomplished what I have in the last 6 weeks without this app…One of the most important apps on my phone.”
13. 7-Min Workout
So you say you don’t have time to hit the gym? Maybe not, but you do have time for a workout. The 7-Min Workout brings you an intense, scientifically formulated workout that you can do just about anywhere and with almost no equipment.
A ticking sound counts down your 30 seconds of exercise, and verbal commands tell you when to switch sides. You get 10 seconds of rest between each set of exercises, and a caption at the bottom of your phone tells you what’s coming next so you can be prepared. This app doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but as reviewer Shawkinaw says, “Does one thing and does it well!”
14. Daily Burn
You can get the feel of a fitness class with the convenience of a portable device with this app. DailyBurn shares a collection of workout videos right on your iPhone. It’s not just cardio; this app has workouts for strength, yoga, kickboxing, abs, mobility, core, metabolic conditioning, and stretching. You don’t need to be a top-notch athlete either. Beginners will find plenty of workouts suited to their fitness level, too.
The app tracks and displays how many calories you’ve burned during your workout, and it can help you boost your performance and encourage you to push through the toughest parts of the workouts.