Keep Those New Year's Resolutions: Fitness Apps
If your personal health & wellness goals for the New Year are already flagging, here are eight fitness apps that might help you get back on track. And if you're doing OK with your goals, good for you - why not share these with colleagues, friends and family? Most are free, have free versions, or are low cost.
Every Body Walk! App
Personalize your walking plan, connect with walking communities, learn about the latest fitness trends and tips, and more. This app allows you to: Track and save your own walking routes, build your walking history—then share your progress on Facebook; Discover walking groups and walking paths near you with an interactive map; Read the latest news about walking, health news, trends and more; and Watch videos that include walking tips, how communities are embracing walking, advice from experts and more.
The founders of this apps say that exercise doesn’t have to be boring and you don’t have to drastically change your lifestyle to be healthy. This app tracks a variety of fitness activities - running, yoga, golf and more - and then rewards you with free and discounted merchandise - all to the goal of giving you an incentive to adopt long-term fitness and exercise habits.
Yog connects runners from around the world to run together in real-time. You can create a run of your own by selecting the date, time, distance, and soundtrack for your run and inviting your friends to join in. Alternatively, you can join one of the many runs scheduled by other runners from around the world.
RunKeeper bills itself as "the personal trainer for your pocket." It allows you to track your running, walking, biking and other activities with a mobile app or log in to the website to get further insight into how you're doing against yourself or your friends. Among other things, the app allows you to see detailed stats around your pace, distance, time, and calories burned; get coaching through your headphones; measure your heart rate with many available sensors; take pictures along the way to share and save; view a detailed history of your activities; and share your progress with friends - including live maps of your activities.
Whether you're a beginner or a fitness pro, young or old, tech-savvy or not, runtastic says it can help. They offer products and services that focus on gathering and managing sports data to motivate people to do sports and to connect with like-minded people. Whatever the sport, relevant sports data can be tracked via an app uploaded directly to the runtastic fitness site, a social fitness community for users. Shared activities, competitions and incentives within the community increase motivation and further assist the users in achieving goals. Related: Runtastic Fitness Collection
Endomondo is a sports community based on free real-time GPS tracking of running, cycling, walking, skiing, kayaking, roller skating - or other sports involving movement across a distance. Track all your sports data and monitor your performance over time. Meet like-minded friends, get inspired by them, challenge them and follow their activities... live.
Skimble offers Workout Trainer and GPS Sports Tracker apps that help motivate people to get and stay active. Hundreds of workouts are guided by a dynamic audio and visuals. Free versions of the apps are available or premium service with coaches and instructional videos for $25/year. Users can create their own workouts, get phone or email reminders, share progress on social platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and share progress with friends.
For both fitness and stress reduction, this app offers voice instruction and visual guides, illustrated images of different poses and posture, as well as a dictionary of postures and positions that describes the benefit of each.
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