8 Health and Fitness apps to help you nail all aspects of training
To be successful in whatever you’re trying to achieve, you need to do the small things. The same applies in fitness. All those small changes and habits you make will make all the difference in the long run. For weight loss, a healthier lifestyle or better fitness, you need to consider all aspects of life. You can’t train extremely well but eat badly and expect results.
The same applies if you eat well but don’t exercise and expect to run a marathon. Below are 8 fitness apps that will help you with the small stuff. From fascia rolling exercises to sleep analysis, extra workouts and nutrition tracking, they will help you nail the forgotten aspects of your health and fitness goals.
Noom Coach is more than just a food tracker app, it connects you with other users, tracks your fitness activities and provides you with relevant articles to help you understand the psychology behind your eating habits. Noom is extremely easy to use and visually appealing. It is always annoying when you go to log food and you have to enter all the nutritional information yourself,
Noom Coach has a huge amount of food options from a quarter cup of strawberries to big brand oats. It has options for cooked versus uncooked and rates foods on a traffic light system. Green being foods that you are encouraged to eat and red being foods you should eat moderately. Noom Coach encourages a lifestyle change not a diet and recommends you eat green, yellow and red rated foods every day. Other features include a step tracker, weight tracker and handy tips for weight loss.
Fascia rollers are a hot trend for recovery, stretching and triggering for athletes and fitness freaks alike. Benefits of fascia rolling include improved flexibility, circulation, range of motion and injury recovery and prevention. Although fascia rollers are everywhere, you may not be getting the full benefit. The Blackroll Fascia Training app provides full body routines for recovery and stretching using fascia rollers. The Blackroll app is free and easy to use. Select if you want to train or just have a rollout, it will provide you with a routine of around 20 exercises.
Complete with diagrams, descriptions and indicators of how often you should do the exercise, the Blackroll app is an amazing free tool that will take your training to the next level. You can even select a point where you are particularly sore and it will take you through the best exercise for that point. The best part is the app is completely free and can be used with any fascia roller.
This app is great for tracking the four key areas of health and fitness: sleep, fitness, activity and nutrition. With an already established community, Record allows you to share workouts, following people and tracks your data compared to the other masses. The app can track anything from a brisk walk to hot yoga to a heavy lifting session. It can be used alongside tracking accessories such as heart rate monitors, smart scales and sleep bands.
It has a built in GPS function so you can track exactly how far you ran/walked/hiked and your average pace, distance and duration. Just start the tracker and get to it. Under Armour also has brother and sister apps including Map my Run, Map my Fitness, Map my Walk and My Fitness Pal among others.
If you’re like me and are terrible at drinking water, this app is certainly a huge help. The reminders are helpful but not annoying and are great on smart watches. Enter how much water you’ve drunk and when and you have an accurate tracker of your water habits. The Drink Water app allows you to set the reminders when you see fit so you’re not bombarded every five minutes.
The app is free, basic but easy to sue and visually appealing. It has an automatic bedtime mode so you’re not awoken but reminders and it will personalise your recommended water intake based on your age, gender and climate of your country. Water is essential to a healthy life and increasing your water intake can do wonders for your training.
Tasty is the perfect mobile cookbook. With over two thousand recipes, there should be a recipe for you. The best part of the app is being able to customize exactly what you’re looking for. You can specify the type of meal, difficulty, occasion and whether you want a 5-ingredient recipe or an elaborate dinner party meal. The recipes have step by step instructional videos that demonstrate technique and best practice.
They have numerous screening options including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, low-carb and others. You can save recipes using your Facebook account and create your own digital cookbook. With 4.9 Starts on the APP Store and ranked #12 for the Food & Drink category, Tasty is the perfect companion for a night of cooking.
Freeletics Bodyweight is a great training app for people with no access to a gym or who are heading off on holidays. The training plans are based on bodyweight exercises which can be done anywhere. The training programs are not free but are reasonably priced and all reviews state it is totally worth it. It has running programs, full workouts, target exercises for particular areas and recommendations for training spots.
Some exercises require chin up bars or similar but are all things that can be substituted and easily found. You can share your progress by creating an account and connect with like-minded fitness pals. Specific how many days you want to train, how long for and what you’re hoping to achieve. The Freeletics app will spit out a training plan that is tailored to you.
Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
The Sleep Cycle app is a must for people who have trouble waking up in the morning. If you wake up in the wrong part of your sleep cycle, you can wake up feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep. The Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock will wake you gently during your light sleep cycle so you wake up feeling energised. This is the natural way your body is supposed to wake. You don’t need to have a fancy device or keep your phone in the bed, the sleep cycle alarm clock uses sound analysis to track your sleep. The app has a free and premium version.
The free version includes daily sleep statistics, the customizable wake up window (set your normal alarm time and it will wake you up in your light sleep cycle before this) and a number of different alarm melodies. The premium version includes long term sleep analysis, sleep aid, wake up mood and other cool features. Sleep is one of the fundamental parts of life and training and the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock will help you wake up better.
If you know what you’re doing in the gym and just want a simple app that you can record your workouts in, then RepCount is exactly that. A great free app that is simple to use, RepCount allows you to select the lift you’re doing and what weight you didn’t. You can even add notes on how you found the lift so you can look back at it later.
Track your personal records and beat them. Repcount even lets you plana workout ahead of time. The app will also provide you a performance graph for each lift showing your progress. You can log your cardio output, burnt calories and duration of lifts/workout. It is a no-nonsense tracker that won’t tell you what to do.