The 3 Best Apps for Home Fitness
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.
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?