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Thursday, 18 February 2016

FITNESS | My favourite fitness apps

I know this post might seem contradictory - the whole idea of working out is to just get off your arse and do it, as opposed to being sat at home on your phone. But in such a modern world where there is an app for everything, I thought it might be helpful to share with you my favourite fitness apps.

These are apps that have help motivated me, help me plan my work outs and generally get more of an overview of *that* part of my life.

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GYMJAM
GymJam is a really useful app that kind of sums up all gyms and classes near you. This one I'd use more if it listed the classes along with my local gym - Puregym - but Puregym has it's own app for classes so that's okay. It's really helpful because it's all in one place (generally) and includes classes that aren't part of a gym - so for example, there's a local park near me where people run and this app lists running classes, timetables and facilities at all close-by gyms too. I'm still getting used to it, but so far I'd recommend it if you're looking to switch things up a bit and do more than just what your gym offers - such as swimming, a run in the park, or a random other class here and there.


ZOMBIES, RUN
I have spoken about this many a time before, so I won't go into detail, but this is still hands down one of my favourite fitness apps. And better yet - it works. The general premise is that you're in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and you listen to this app on each run. Each run reveals more of the story in brief intermissions between your music, and yes, zombies will sometimes chase you, encouraging you to speed up. It's really fun and different, and there's a 5k app you can download to help train for their virtual 5k race coming up too. I recently downloaded this add-on 5k training app and I'm considering taking part! This app is so, so good and I cannot recommend it enough.

 
MAP MY FITNESS
Map My Fitness is a little like My Fitness Pal. On the whole, I do really like it My Fitness Pal, but not the elements of tracking your food. I found it tough to record what food I'd eaten and how many calories everything is, as I have home cooked food sometimes and to be honest, I find it quite confusing. So for a while I stuck to using My Fitness Pal just for the work out element, until I found Map My Fitness which does exactly what I need it to. You can log food, but it isn't a huge part of the app. It's such a fab way to just keep track of everything and as a bonus, it can be used with Bounts (see below), whereas My Fitness Pal cant.

 
BOUNTS
Bounts is great motivational app that rewards you with points for working out. So genius! It takes a while to rake up enough points to actually get an award, but it's still a great idea. The only thing I don't like about it is that it's not yet partnered with Puregym which is my local gym - however, I do believe there is a way to still gain points by checking in. I'll get back to you on that front. Overall, a great way to motivate you to get benefits from your fitness.


SPOTIFY
Okay, it's not strictly a fitness app but it's still necessary because everyone needs music when working out. I tend to listen to more upbeat rock music, but Imagine Dragons, You Me At Six and The Blackout definitely feature on my Apocalypse Now play list, created to listen to when running with the Zombies, Run! app..!

Do you use any apps like the ones above to help with your fitness? What ones would you recommend? Let me know with a comment!


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22 comments:

  1. I like my fitness app. I've used that before! I like the apps that track my walking and how many calories I burned, that inspires me to continue with walking (and when the weather is nicer... jogging!) Zombies run sounds great, too! Thank you for sharing. xx

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, it's super useful, isn't it? x

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  2. I love my apps and your right they sure do keep you motivated especially when you can actually start to see your progress

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    1. They definitely do, which is odd, because phone apps are usually good for taking short cuts like using them as a TV remote and stuff like that x

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  3. I would totally get freaked out by the zombie one! I like the idea of Map My Fitness.

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    1. It's not as scary as it sounds, but you do totally get in the zone which is pretty cool x

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  4. Thanks for introducing me to so many new apps. I love the My Fitness Pal app myself xxx

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    1. You're welcome - do let me know your thoughts if you decide to try any of them! x

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  5. I use My Fitness Pal to log my food intake (to make sure I don't over eat each day!), FitBit to track my steps and I'm signed up with Bounts too.

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    1. How are you getting on with Bounts? I find gathering points is a rather slow process (then again I don't work out as much as I'd like to right now) but overall it's such a unique and motivational idea! x

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  6. Spotify is a must! Sometimes having some good tunes playing loudly is the only thing that gets me through a workout.

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    1. Oh definitely, especially if you're just running on a treadmill at the gym which can be super boring otherwise x

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  7. oh I really need to try that Zombie app, might give me some motivation

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    1. I'd love to know your thoughts if you do! x

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  8. Zombies, Run sounds like my kinda motivation! I am downloading it as I type. I use Bounts but I'm not yet sure on how I feel about it x

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    1. I'm the same, I'm still getting kind of used to it but think it's a fab idea. I wonder how long it takes to actually earn a voucher? x

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  9. I've never been able to find a fitness app that works for me! :(

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    1. Really? Which ones have you tried? I've got to say, I've tried a bunch, Zombies, Run is the one that's really stuck for me the most over the years x

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  10. I like the sound of the zombie app my kind motivation lol. I use apps like 7 min workout to do at home when I can't get to the gym

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    1. That's such a good idea, sometimes I'll just go on Just Dance when I'm at home but maybe it's worth downloading an app like 7 min workout too to mix it up a bit x

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  11. Shanks for sharing. I'm sure my husband got the zombie app for when he goes on runs!

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    1. You're welcome! It's really useful :)

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