As part of my new fitness routine that involves starting a C25K program, I have also taken up sit-ups and squats. The reason I picked these two exercises is that I have improved the strength of my arms and legs a lot with running and swimming, but my core, back and quads are still in deplorable shape. I could easily try to do short series of sit-ups and squats, but I was in no way able to go beyond 30 or 40 without feeling like my muscles were being ripped apart.
So similarly to my running training, I turned to my phone and the Play Store to find apps that would help me gradually increase my strength and improve my endurance. I was instantly drawn to Runtastic Sit-Ups Pro and Runtastic Squats Pro, not only because of the big brand name behind them, but also because of the apps’ design and features. It was an excellent choice and I’ll explain below why Runtastic’s suite should be on your phone too if you are interested in fitness.
There was a time, in a previous life, when I was able to run an hour daily without breaking a sweat. Then I injured my foot, couldn’t exercise for a year, got lazy and gained weight, until I was eventually unable to walk for more than 10 minutes without complaining of fatigue. I’ve been trying however, for the past 10 months, to find the glory of old. I started with swimming regularly, then added walking, hiking and eventually decided to ease back into running.
I had heard of the Couch to 5K program — commonly referred to as C25K — and figured it would be the perfect way to go back to my runner routine. I looked on the Play Store for C25K apps, found many that seemed way too complicated or expensive for the purpose, then I landed on C25K Trainer. It is the most simplistic app you can find but it is essentially all you really need if you want to start running.
You always want to be in the best shape possible; feeling fit and healthy increases confidence and decreases stress – and of course keeping yourself healthy is important for avoiding nasty diseases and physical pain. However, it can be hard to achieve this without the right support.
Today I’ll be looking at 50 applications that will help you to get fitter. Each of these apps can easily fit into your everyday life, and their assistance in small amounts over a period of time can be a great boost!
For years, people have been using their phone’s timers and MP3 players to assist them while they exercise: to time a lap round a circuit or to give something to listen to to stave off the boredom.
But modern technology advanced to the point where exercise has become downright geeky!
Darren shows what I mean with a roundup of apps designed to measure every aspect of your fitness: these will track the exercises you do and the calories you intake, and advise you on what you should be doing next.
Rahsheen did an in-depth review of one of these: JEFIT. This app is designed to be a portable personal trainer, helping you to build a full routine and track your progress in it, with instructions for performing each of the exercises. It’s incredible.
And Rita has shown that there’s more available than apps: check out her review of a Heart Rate Monitor accessory for Android phones, which can be used in conjunction with exercise apps to ensure you stay in the fat burning zone or cardio zone, as you desire.
This is all amazing, but is it overwhelming? Some people just want to run, or box, or cycle, without keeping a log of their every movement or having a computer judge their progress.
Others say that the technology goes against the nature of exercise; a fascinating photography project, revealed this week, described joggers as showing their “natural and brute sides” — I’m not sure a mobile phone ties in to that.
Vote in the poll to let us know how you feel!
JEFIT is a professional bodybuilding, weight training, and workout app for Android. The most downloaded weight training and workout app, it allows you to track your workouts and sync your progress to the cloud.
If you’re one of those who choose to pick things up and put them down as your chosen method of exercise, JEFIT is for you. It does an excellent job of helping bodybuilders, strength trainers, powerlifters, and anyone else who needs to track reps and sets. JEFIT lets you focus on your workout and takes care of all the counting and tracking that can sometimes take all the fun out of a good workout. It also tracks your progress, pushes you to beat your personal best, and provides basic instruction on performing hundreds of exercises safely.
With summer finally here many of us are in the mood for getting fitter and trying on those summer clothes. To help you show off at the beach I’ve collected a pretty good round-up of apps I’m finding quite useful in this endeavor for summer!
With apps for tracking progress, keeping an eye on your food intake, water intake and even apps that act as pretty good personal trainers – without the high per hour price tag – we’re really spoilt with our Androids!
Whether you take part in sports, want to lose (or gain) weight, or have a job where your fitness is important, it’s absolutely essential that you stay on top of your nutrition and your calories. Whatever you’re doing, you need to accurately record how many calories you consume versus how many you use up; this way you can successfully either lose, gain or keep at your weight.
MyFitnessPal is a really useful app for Android that helps you do exactly this. Let’s take a closer look at how the app works, and how you can use it to help you lead a healthier lifestyle at the weight you want.
We are now three weeks into 2011 and there is one thing most of us have in common: the fading of our New Year’s resolutions. Many, including myself, pledged to either “be healthier” or “get in shape” this year. Luckily, RunKeeper knows we may need some help keeping our resolutions and is here to lend a hand.