Did you know that there are more than 300,000 smartphone applications on the market today? While most of these games, databases, and other downloadable goodies are primarily used to stimulate one’s mind, a growing number of apps are focused on health and fitness, nutrition, and breaking bad habits.
Full Fitness ($1.99)
There are customizable workout apps and then there is Full Fitness, which draws from a database of hundreds of exercises and stretches to concoct the perfect workout for each individual user. For people who aren’t sure where to even begin, the app also features 25 different “pre-defined routines” to get you started down the right track.
Whether you’re a die-hard ‘Fithead’ or new to the fitness scene, iWod provides plenty of handy materials including daily workout routines, paleo diet recipes, video tutorials for lifting and workout of the day (WOD) exercises, and even a built-in stopwatch.
Men’s Health 20-Minute Muscle Meals ($2.99)
The efficacy of one’s fitness regimen strongly depends on dietary habits, and this mouth-watering app from Men’s Health includes more than one hundred recipes that are nutritious and complementary to your workout routine. The best part? The food is fantastic — no Lean Cuisine for the men who use 20-Minute Muscle Meals (though it should be noted that women can also benefit from this app).
If weight loss is your top priority, this “Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker” app features an extensive food database (more than 2 million items) and allows users to track various nutrients (such as protein, carbs, fiber, sugar, and cholesterol). More than 350 exercise routines are also featured.
Nike Training Club (free)
Arguably the best deal in the entire fitness app canon, Nike Training Club features more than 100 customized workout routines that focus on strength, cardio, interval and core training — all absolutely free of charge. A clean interface and user-friendly functionalty make FTC one of the most popular fitness apps on the market.
Strava Run and Strava Cycling (both free)
These two apps are geared toward weekend athletes who are looking to step it up a notch in terms of competition. Strava Run allows users to locate short- and long-distance routes, organize personal stats and goals, network with fellow runners, and stay informed on upcoming races. Strava Cycling tracks calories burned for each rides and calculates weekly and monthly totals; the app also ranks cyclists by region, allowing users to see where they stand with the local crowd. The run and cycling app are both available in a ‘premium’ edition that costs $6 a month (or $59 annually).
Zombies, Run! ($3.99)
The joy of long-distance running is limited to a few, while the rest of us need motivation to sprint any considerable distance. Enter Zombie, Run!, an app that immerses the user in an ‘undead apocalypse’ audio experience. If a horde of bloodthirsty zombies doesn’t add a little pep to your step, then running might not be your thing. A Zombies, Run! 2 is reportedly in the works.