Smartphones aren’t just great for lying on the couch playing Angry Birds while eating cake and Toblerone (guilty); they’re also great fitness trackers and motivational tools.
Here we’re looking at five of the best fitness apps for your iPhone and/or iPad and/or Android device, covering everything from walking to running to pumping iron to having a baby.
Disclaimer: These are five of the best iPhone, iPad and Android fitness apps – five of the best. There’s well in excess of 14,000 fitness apps on the App Store alone, and we’ve toyed with a mere fraction of them.
As such, if you have any recommendations, by all means let us know below. Indeed, I suspect this might become an evolving, categorised feature, but for now, let’s start with these guys:
Based on the much-discussed 7-minute workout featured in the NY Times Magazine, the challenge in “7 Minute Workout ‘Seven’ with High Intensity Interval Training Challenge” (to use its full name) is to workout for – you guessed it – seven minutes per day, for seven months.
7 Minute Workout is a relentless fitness motivator, operating on a monthly three-strikes-and-you’re-out rule, at which point all progress is lost.
No fitness equipment required, just a chair, a wall and your own body weight.
Walking and running are two of our favourite ways to stay healthy: no gym membership required, no fancy fitness equipment, just man (or indeed wo-man) vs. pavement in the glorious fresh air.
The headline features of the two apps are largely identical; both Walk with Map My Walk and Run with Map my Run track pace, distance, elevation and calories with real-time stats.
You’re also invited to compete on local Courses, with leaderboards and unlockable achievements.
Whenever I think of pregnancy, I’m immediately reminded of the birthing video in Friends. But don’t let me put you off, ladies! <insert winky face>
My Pregnancy Today includes images and videos of foetal development, a pregnancy checklist, appointment reminder, nutrition guide, and countdown to the big day.
Good luck with your miniature human!
Fitness Buddy Free is one of the most comprehensive fitness apps out there, with over 400 exercises in the free version alone (300 on Android). If you like what you see, unlock the full version for 1700+ unique exercises.
Exercises are categorised by core, lower body, chest, shoulders, back, arms and cardio, and encompass equipments such as barbell, ez curl bar, dumbbells, kettlebells, resistance bands, medicine ball, machines, and stability balls.
Furthermore, there are 75+ workout routines, including workouts for women, and routines to target different body parts.
When you’re working out your various bits and bobs, don’t forget about the guy who’s running the ship: your brain.
Fit Brains Trainer by Rosetta Stone includes over 360 games, targeting memory, processing speed, concentration, problem solving, and visual-spatial skills.
The benefits include – we’re told – improved memory and recognition, deeper concentration, increased attention span, higher mental IQ, smarter and quicker thinking, stronger problem solving, improved hand-eye coordination, faster reaction speed, and positive mood changes.