My Favorite Fitness Apps

Happy New Year!  How did you celebrate?  We went to dinner and then went to my sister’s for  NYE house party-if you’re going to go out, house parties are the best option in my opinion.  Things got a little cray and I woke up with a slight headache New Year’s day.  Not my intention at all, BUT I did manage to drag myself out of bed and head to Barre Bee Fit: I wanted to start the year off on a good note 😉  And guess what?  I felt much better after a sweat session!
So, I finally finished reading Gone Girl. OH MY GOD!  This book was a page turner and kept me up last night waaaayy past my bedtime just so I could finish it.  The ending?  You either love it or hate it.  I was dissapointed at first until I read the author’s explanation and it made total sense.  There’s a movie coming out in October 2014 starring Ben Affleck-I can’t wait for that.
So now that we’ve got our 2014 goals in place, I thought I’d talk about some of my favorite health and fitness apps.  I love discovering new apps that help make life a little easier {Chase lets us deposit checks right from our phone-I can’t remember the last time I stepped foot in a bank}.  I’ve listed a few of my favorites here and hopefully you’ll find something new-to-you that will help you stay healthy this year.
1. MyFitnessPal.  It’s a free online calorie and food tracker.  You can sync up with you facebook friends or contacts and send each other motivational messages too.  Their food database is HUGE!  Be careful though, users can add in nutrtional information and sometimes it can be inaccurate.
2. Water Your Body.  Is drinking more water on your list for the year?  This app is GREAT for keeping track of your fluid intake.  You can even set up your phone to send you reminders to drink throughout the day.  Coffee, water & tea all count…wine does not 😉
3. Healthy Out.  I just downloaded this app so I haven’t had much experience with it, but I can tell that I’m going to love it.  It’s an app that gives you restaurant recommendations and menu options based on what dietary preferences you choose.  You can choose low fat, gluten-free, lactose free, paleo, etc and it will tell you what dishes at local restaurants meet your criteria.  It also lists the nutritional information.
4. Caynax HIIT.  I’m a big fan of HIIT workouts when there are time constraints or when you just want a good, sweaty workout.  This app lets you design your own HIIT workouts and sends out a beeping noise when it’s time to change your intesity level-so there’s no having to stare at the timer throughout your workout.
5. PumpUp.  This app customizes workouts for you based on what you’re looking to accomplish.  You decide if your goal is to lose weight, get toned, build muscle, be healthy.  Then it asks your fitness level, how much time you want to spend workout, and whether you’re at home, gym or traveling.  It also asks what equipment you have available to you and then creates your own personal workout.  I love for when I don’t really know what I want to do at the gym and rather than walk around aimlessly, I have a plan of action.
6. Nike + Running.  Whenever I forget my Garmin or I turn it on and realize it’s dead, this is my go-to GPS run tracker.  I love this app.  Sometimes even better than my Garmin.  I love that your Facebook friends can send you cheers along the way, something really inspiring during those long, tough runs.  It also gives you pace and distance updates through audio and you can choose a power song if you have a song that really gets you moving.
What are some of your favorite apps, fitness or other?  I love the retail me not app and Target’s Cartwheel app!  I always manage to find coupons or save money with those 🙂

2 thoughts on “My Favorite Fitness Apps

  1. Lindsey January 3, 2014 / 8:33 am

    I just downloaded an app called Jogger to track my running distance. I want to have a tally for the end of 2014 so now I just need to remember to enter it! So far it seems really easy to use and read though.
    I am looking for a new book to read so will check out Gone Girl, thanks!
    Have a great weekend!


    • Maria C January 3, 2014 / 10:25 am

      Just downloaded it! I’d like to keep a running log too. I have no idea how many miles I ran in 2013.


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