When it comes to exercise and fitness, we could all use a little extra motivation sometimes. We’re a few months into the new year and you may have already abandoned that new exercise program that you set for yourself. Your not alone. According to healthywomen.org, statistics and research show that out of the 45% of the people who make New Year’s resolutions, only 8% keep them.
We come up with all kinds of reasons to give up… “I’m too busy”, “It’s boring”, “I’m tired”, etc. While these may seem valid at the time, your health will pay for it in the long run. Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all fitness program so you need to find a plan that works for you. A support system with the knowledge to help you figure what that is, like the team at Total Nutrition Technology, is an excellent the way to really achieve your fitness goals.
Once you’ve established your fitness plan, there are some great apps out there that can help keep you on track. These are some of the best fitness apps of 2018:
Couch to 5K©
C25K, is a fantastic program that’s been designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers. It only takes 30 minutes, 3 days a week for 9 weeks. This app is a gentle introduction to getting the body moving, starting off alternating between walking and running small distances, and slowly building up until after 8 weeks, you’re ready to run 5 kilometers or 30 minutes non stop.
If you’re the type of person who likes to make difference, then this is a great app for you. Charity Miles helps you earn corporate sponsorship when you walk, run or bike. Brands like Humana, Johnson & Johnson, and Chobani donate to a charity that you choose while the app measures your distance to help you raise money.
This app doesn’t help by getting you more sleep (although that’s important too) but by helping you wake up easier. Sleep Cycle alarm clock tracks your sleep patterns and wakes you up during light sleep. Waking up during light sleep feels like waking up naturally rested without an alarm clock.
Strava is the social network for athletes. This is a go-to app for runners and cyclists alike. What sets it apart is its emphasis on performance analytics. A popular feature of Strava is the leaderboard function that allows you to see how you stack up against other athletes.
This is a music-streaming app that specializes in DJ created mixes that maintain a consistent beat for your workout. You can choose your music by genre, DJ or workout. There is a free basic version of Fit Radio but the premium membership ($3.99 a month) offers more genres and stations, unlimited skips, the ability to save favorites and no ads.
As the name implies, this app is popular for its mapping function. MapMyRun has over 70 million routes, all you have to do is enter your zip code. This is especially handy when traveling. You won’t miss out on a scenic run or nice views while in an unfamiliar area.
You can practice yoga anywhere at anytime with easy to use yoga app. It has a database containing illustrations, descriptions and benefits for over 200 poses. Pocket Yoga has something for yogis of all ages and skill levels.
The app has a unique focus on meditation and is especially useful for beginners. You can start with the “7 Days of Calm” series and learn the basics. It also offers guided meditations for specific needs, such as reducing anxiety or practicing more forgiveness in your life.
Of course, these only scratch the surface of possibilities. With all of the options available, it’s hard to find an excuse not to stay fit. Once you’ve gotten your personalized fitness plan from TNT, a simple search can help you find an app that fits your needs and can help you stay motivated.
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