Finding time to stay fit and healthy is difficult enough; finding the incentive is even harder. Luckily, the smartphone market has your best interests at heart, with fitness and health apps to suit any and all levels of ability and motivation. Whether you want to get into running, weights, or just work with what you have, there’s something out there for you.
7 Minute Workout
Performance Institute say the 7 Minute Workout app is “like holding a gym in your hands”. Based on high-intensity bodyweight training, there are a mixture of exercises, with each move explained in a video by Jordan himself. All you need is a chair, a wall and some open floorspace and you can take your pick from 72 exercises and 22 additional workouts, all of which can be modified to suit your needs. Smart Workout judges your fitness and motivation levels and suggests different programmes and intensity increases to help you use your seven minutes to their full potential.
If you’ve always wanted to get into running, but could never quite muster up the desire, how about being chased through your town by the undead? Zombies, Run! combines aspects of video games with fitness training to to put the fear back into exercise. Developed by Six to Start and Naomi Alderman, the app is now on its fifth season, with 40 brand new missions added to the 200+ already available. The premise is this: you select an episode, then go for a run. You are the main character in a story that intersperses with your own music, and you can interact with other characters, collect supplies and, most importantly, evade the zombies. If you need an extra push to run that bit faster, Zombies, Run! has what it takes to get you there.
The prospect of weight training is often intimidating and off-putting, but Stronglifts 5×5 breaks everything down into understandable portions. The app focuses on three exercises done three time a week for about 45 minutes each time. The developers have worked out that functional strength can come from using a combination of deadlifts, squats, bench presses, overhead presses and bent over rows – once you have mastered these, you’re good to go. Centred not on getting pumped, but on improving overall health and fitness, the app tracks how much you lift and encourages you to add a small amount of weight each time. It also provides spreadsheets to help you keep track of your progress, and sends daily motivational emails with tips and advice.
Find a Player
A Glaswegian footie fan, bothered by receiving invites to 5-aside games he couldn’t quite make, came up with the idea for Find a Player; an app taking the hassle out of managing your recreational team by linking up players to games taking place in their area. Users create a profile listing the sports they’re interested in, their availability, their skill level, and the distance they’re willing to travel, then, when one team finds themselves a person down, they can search to see who nearby is available to fill in. After the game, you can rate others on their skill, fitness and reliability, to make searching for a standby even easier next time.
You know what they say, “You can’t out-train a bad diet”. No matter how many workouts you do or miles you run, being truly fit and healthy begins in the kitchen. Fooducate is a handy app that is focused on helping users to eat better and get healthier. Looking beyond calorie counting, users can scan products before buying them to find out their pros and cons, learn their nutritional grade, and have healthier alternatives recommended. The app also tracks your food intake and exercise, records the quality of calories, not just the quantity, and has an active community to join to help you stay on top of your game.