Who needs a personal trainer when you can have your smart phone assign you workouts or monitor what you eat? A broad range of free apps proposes to do just that.
Today’s market is teeming with apps that can provide everything from a full fitness workout to calorie-tracking programs that literally teach you how to eat. Used together, these powerful tools can help you change behavior while monitoring you like no human can. They’re motivating and convenient. And they take the guesswork out of dieting which is key to finally getting in shape.
Here are some of the best:
This app helps you set goals for weight-loss, fitness, blood pressure and even sleep. It works by taking your profile and wellness goals and establishing a personal daily budget for achieving your objectives. In addition to calorie tracking, the app records your daily weight and shows your progress in chart form. Set a goal weight and target date to achieve it and the app will tell you what you need to eat each day to get there.
Scan a food’s UPC label with this app and it will tell you exactly what you’re eating, right down to whether the vitamins listed are actually good for you and whether or not there’s a better choice. The app’s extensive database helps you find the healthiest food through a grading system developed by scientists, dieticians and parents offering simple, concise explanations about each product.
Explanations include the product’s standard nutrition facts and ingredients as well as its calories, “grade” level ranking and percentage of ‘likes’ or ‘don’t likes.’ The app also assigns a ‘ FoodPoints’ value to each product based on percentage fats, carbs, fiber and other proteins while alerting you as to whether or not certain ingredients are healthy for you.
The best app for workout and bodybuilding enthusiasts, Jefit contains over 1300 exercises in a newly expanded database of HD images. A detailed anatomical map helps you learn to perform each exercise correctly while creating muscle-specific ‘Super-Set ‘ workouts.
Track your workout statistics and learn from and be motivated by other workout members. The app includes personalized workout routines and comes with tracking logs and inspiration from other users. You can also log your progress in photos.
This game-like app keeps you motivated by monitoring your daily weight-loss in real time. An app ‘coach’ keeps track of your food intake while logging exercise from daily activities. To meet your goals, the app continually selects things for you to work on which consist of fun challenges focused on learning to eat well, remaining active and staying motivated. Your progress is graded and the app adjusts itself accordingly.
This nutrition aid app has a 485,000-food catalog which is updated daily and allows you to track your diet while planning your exercise. You enter your target weight and date and the app creates a personalized calorie and nutrition plan. You can eat whatever you want, within the plan limits.
Keep track of your calories and nutrition intake while receiving a daily and weekly analysis plus advice on how to stick to your plan. Charts and graphs provide powerful visual input on your progress. You can scan the bar code of packaged food or type the first few letters of a dish’s name to search for detailed product information to help you meet your goals.