If there’s one thing Christmas is good for, it’s undoing all the great work you did to keep yourself in shape over the rest of the year. Of course, if there’s one resolution that gets made more than any other around New Year, it’s to get (back) in shape.
Our favourite way of getting back in to those 34” jeans is through using fitness apps. Let’s take a look at some of the best ones out there, to try and make the process of choosing a lot less complicated!
The Scientific 7-Minute Workout
The first app on this list is one based on that research: The Scientific 7-Minute Workout. The idea is simple: you have 12 core exercises, and you do each one for 30 seconds, followed by a 10 second break, moving on to the next one each time. Brilliantly, none of the exercises need extra equipment, so there’s no extra cost beyond the £1.49 for the app itself.
InstructorLive can best be described as a having a gym membership, but without having to go and stand in front of other people, as the app streams classes, in video format, to your iPhone, iPod or laptop (note, though, that this app isn’t available on Android, so if you’re rocking something like the Samsung Galaxy S5, you’ll need to check out another option from this list). Also, there’s a monthly fee of £5.99, so you need to be fairly committed to your fitness regime.
Perhaps the issue you have is keeping yourself motivated to actually do any exercise (again something that this author sympathises with)? What you need is to surround yourself with other people who are in the same boat, so you can all help each other to keep going!
And that’s where Fitocracy comes in. Fitocracy is a social network specifically for people trying to get fit, and with a free app available on Android and iOS, it might be the perfect way to keep yourself motivated!
If you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you’ll have access to Apple’s Healthkit service and the Health app that comes pre-installed. The app does exactly what it says on the tin, pulling in data and stats from your other fitness apps, so you can keep track of everything, all in one place. As time-savers go, when it comes to fitness apps, Healthkit is an absolute godsend!
And there we have it. It’s time to let your smartphone help you become the New You! Happy New Year, and good luck!