No More Excuses - There’s A Fitness APP For That! (More picks)

By Jennifer Neil

It’s the truth! There are literally thousands of health and fitness apps available to help you with everything from sticking to your fitness goals with a paycheck and guided meditation for de-stressing any time/anywhere to workout motivation and ensuring you stay sufficiently hydrated every day.  Health and wellness companies and app developers have teamed up to create mobile apps for fitness tracking, healthy eating, vital signs tracking, sleep, meditation, and so much more. But the number of health and wellness apps available for download can be overwhelming, so here is a list of 6 more top picks to get you started:

  1. BlockFit (Get fit anywhere)

The BlockFit app offers fast and simple exercises that you can do at home, in the office, or outside – all in the form of a game. You don’t need any fancy equipment, just this mini-routine that will get you up and moving for an active daily lifestyle.

  1. Track Your Vitals (Keep track of medical records for your whole family)

If you have trouble keeping track of all of the medical records and lab results for you and your family, this app may be able to help. It’s designed to reduce paperwork hassles and keep important medical information at your fingertips, so you’re not searching through stacks of paper when you need it quickly. With this app, it’s easy to share lab reports, prescription records, blood pressure history, blood sugar measurements, and other key data with new doctors and specialists.

  1. Strava (Runners and cyclists progress)

Strava keeps track of all your exercise data and lets you analyze your progress. If you feel like getting competitive, you can even compare your performance to other people who have done the same route or improve upon your personal best. The basic app to track your runs and rides is free, but there is a premium option that includes personalized coaching, detailed activity analysis, and performance feedback.

  1. Fooducate (The ultimate food tracker)

This comprehensive nutrition and weight loss app helps you track your calorie intake, hunger levels, mood, exercise, and sleep. You can scan product barcodes to access personalized nutrition recommendations and even analyze information found in nutrition panels and ingredient lists. Fooducate is particularly useful if you want to follow a low-carb, low-sugar, paleo, or non-GMO diet, and it also has a feature to get feedback and tips from fellow users.

  1. Yoga Studio (Yoga anytime/anywhere)

Yoga Studio is a great app to use if you want to do classes on your own and wherever you are. It has class options for beginner, intermediate, and advanced yogis and allows you to create custom classes as well. Just choose a duration of 10-60 minutes and whether you want to focus on balance, strength, flexibility, relaxation, or a combination of each of those objectives.

  1. Fitocracy (Friends for fitness)

This is a fitness app that uses your friends for motivation. Your activities will earn points that unlock badges and "level up"s. Invite your friends or join a Fitocracy group of like-minded people (like joggers, weightlifters, etc.) to build your network. Like a little friendly competition? Fitness challenges are always friendly motivators on Fitocracy.

Download the YMCA of Greater Birmingham APP to sign-up for classes and more. Stay tuned for more recommended fitness and wellness apps!


Posted by Jennifer Neil at 10:00 AM
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