With the new year, many people start off the year with a new found desire to get into better shape (or at least to lose the holiday pounds!). Did you know that the new smartphone Santa left you can help you with that? Check out these apps that will give you a little extra motivation.
This app is nothing short of awesome. Basically, you decide at the beginning of the week that you want to go to the gym a certain number of days. Then you bet money on it. All the users put money in. If you go to the gym all of those days, (you check in at the gym on your phone) you get to share the money. If not, you lose it. Money can be a great motivator. The app costs $3.49 at the time of this writing and is available for iPhone and Android.
This is a nice app for the yoga enthusiast. If you get stuck at home due to inclement weather or just don’t feel like going to the studio for your workout, this app will give you an hour long sequence of 35 different postures. The app costs 99 cents and is available for iPhone.
Nike Training Club
This app is for those who want to work on strength training. It’s designed for women, but men can use it too. It gives you several strength training workouts and you’re prompted by a soothing but strong woman’s voice. When you’re done working out, you can share your accomplishments on Facebook and Twitter. Nike Training Club is a free app and available for iPhone.
Daily Ab Workout
The Daily Ab Workout is a free app available for just about any device you have – including Kindle and Nook. It’s a 5-10 minute workout for your abs, designed to be done in your own home at your own convenience. There are also other daily workout apps – arm, butt, cardio, leg, and yoga. It’s a great way to get your day started.
Lose it is a free app for iPhone and Android. It’s based on the principle of calories in vs calories out. You input your calorie and fitness goals for the week, and then put in what you really did. The app allows you to track both food and exercise so you stay accountable.
Do you use a fitness app? Which one is your favorite?