The 3 Best Apps for Home Fitness

The 3 Best Apps for Home Fitness

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What’s the biggest hindrance to losing weight? For many people, it’s not about finding the time, or money, although these are very real and very common problems for anyone starting out on their fitness journey. Rather, it’s the lack of motivation – the inability to move out of their comfort zone and pursue fitness, even when in the comfort of their own homes. Exercise and dieting tend to veer away from regular habits, and the change isn’t always easy.

It’s the reason why most people secure a personal trainer or nutritionist to help them stay on track – having someone to guide you every step of the way is an easy way to ensure that you’re on course for your fitness goals. Those unable to secure trainers, however, have a wealth of resources available to them as well. Thanks to the smartphone revolution, we’re seeing hundreds of thousands of apps dedicated to fitness and wellness. As reported by the company that heads mobile gaming website Pocket Fruity, growth in mobile internet is among the strongest trends on the internet landscape to date, and numbers from Google have revealed that health and fitness apps were the top growing app category for years.

However, not all apps are made equal, and studies have revealed that most fitness apps are actually useless. Some apps offer very little functionality and information, but if you’re looking for a fitness app to help you stay on track at home, you can rely on one of the following:

1. Noom Coach
Most people struggle with pre-built diets, not just because of how hard it is to say goodbye to food they really love, but because they don’t even know why they need to be avoiding these foods in the first place. Noom Coach stands out from every other fitness app in that it doesn’t just help you log calories and exercise time, but it regularly gives you information you need about how to keep your diet in check, and what your body needs in order to stay healthy. It also has an active community of people ready and willing to help you, but you’ll find that the best part about the app is that it educates rather than dictates.

2. FitStar Personal Trainer
Awarded App Store Editors’ Choice & Best of 2013 and 2014 App, FitStar can help replace your personal trainer by giving you customized workouts wherever in the globe you might be. There are HD videos illustrating the workouts you need to do, and each workout is designed to fit your schedule. You can track your progress through milestones and achievements, and even send challenges out to friends so they can be a part of your fitness journey as well.

3. MyFitnessPal
MyFitnessPal is probably one of the most popular fitness apps out there, and with good reason. Its active community is constantly adding to its database of food items and workouts, and it integrates with other fitness apps and wearable devices so you can accurately take note of how heavy your workouts have been. If you ever need motivation, they also have a community that can be accessed right from the app, or through their website.

While these apps can surely help you out, just make sure that they don’t control your life! Recently, news of a girl who became addicted to calorie counters broke out, revealing the dangers of relying on fitness apps too much. Remember that the most important thing is to stay educated, and not simply follow instructions blindly.

Do you use any apps to try and stay fit at home?

Tuesday Thoughts: Motivation

Happy Tuesday y’all!

Yesterday was the beginning of the Tone It Up Bikini Series Challenge.

Let me tell you…I was stoked.

Let me also say that in no way should you ever give up coffee the day before you start a new fitness routine.

I’m pretty much sure that I ran 3 miles at 5:30 a.m. Monday morning…in my sleep.

Yep, that’s me.

Even though I was exhausted, I was so excited to begin my new fitness challenge.

I just knew that I would feel 100% better after my run.

Oh, and did I ever!

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I mean, just look at all that glistening.

I absolutely love to sweat.

You may think I’m nuts, but fitness motivates me to get out of bed every day.

That feel good feeling that I experience after a workout is enough to fuel my entire day.

It’s absolutely glorious.

I love a good challenge, especially one that motivates me to try new things.

Like giving up refined sugars.

I’ve been refined sugar free for about 2 weeks now and I have never felt better.

Once again, I love when I am pushed outside of my comfort zone.

This is a picture of what my summer 2014 will look like.

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It’s all about my #createyoursummer plan for the Tone It Up Bikini Series.

This totally holds me accountable and reminds me to have fun and work towards completing everything on this list.

I also created a motivation board filled with quotes and pictures to keep me on my toes…constantly working toward my goals.

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My goals for this challenge are to let loose, tone up, have fun, eat a well balanced diet, and listen to my body (which includes rest and workout days).

There is a difference between a lazy day and a recovery day.

So, WHAT MOTIVATES YOU to workout?

MANGIA!!!

Albion Fit Discount

Y’all…two posts in one day?

I know, SOOOOOO NOT LIKE ME.

Meet the new Chelsy.

I post things when I want. 🙂

Although it may not seem like it, I am a super active person.

Fitness has always been a huge part of my life.

I am going to try really, really, ridiculously hard to talk with you about more fitness related things.

But first, tell me what you want to see.

I want to hear from you…daily workouts, workout eats, etc.

I’m all ears.

While we are on the subject of fitness, let’s talk fitness wear.

I’m pretty much all about functionality when it comes to fitness wear and of course, looking fabulous while I workout.

I want to workout in the best of the best fitness gear.

Enter Albion Fit, a company providing women with the most luxurious, flattering, and hassle-free fitness and leisure apparel on the market.

They’ve got everything…from super cute swim wear

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 to fab and fun fitness gear.

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I mean, seriously…these lounge crops have my name all over them.

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LUCKY US…Albion Fit has offered all Mangia readers $10 off their entire purchase until August 24th, 2013.

Just enter the code “Mangia10” at check-out to receive the discount 🙂

Pretty awesome, huh?

Yep, thought you’d like that.

MANGIA!!!