Get Your App Into Shape This Summer Using Your Smartphone

March 15, 2014

in Health


A recent study conducted by Northwestern University discovered that fitness apps help motivate people to lose weight. If the summer season isn’t enough of a motivation, look for apps to help keep you on track. Get in shape and make your workout more enjoyable at the same time, and soon you’ll be ready to strut your hot a** down the beach.

1. Six Pack Abs

By Runtastic

  • Free, full version available as an in-app purchase for $4.99
  • Compatible with Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Drop a waist size with this app that features lifelike avatars performing core-strengthening exercises in high-definition videos. Look into purchasing a lightweight iPad Air so you can see the demonstrations clearly. Bonus? You can use your tablet to run around town and doing errand and such, as well! These avatars are designed to help you perform each exercise properly and prevent injury. The app also allows you to choose playlists that match the intensity of your workout. If you use MyFitnessPal, you can connect these two apps so your MyFitnessPal account automatically receives your workout information. If you upgrade the app for $4.99, you gain access to six pre-installed workouts and 50+ additional abdominal exercises.

2. Johnson & Johnson Official 7-Minute Workout App

By Wellness & Prevention, Inc.

  • Free
  • Compatible with Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Tablets

Seven minutes is all you need to prepare for the big day. This app is easy to use with 13 predetermined workouts and 36 exercises. It gives you both visual and audio instruction and there’s even a feature that helps you create your own 7-minute workout. You can personalize any session by adding music from your library.

3. Fitocracy Macros

By Fitocracy

  • Free
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, Android and iPad

This is more than a calorie-counting app. It only tracks certain calories. Fitocracy Macros tracks the calories you consume from fat, carbohydrates and protein (macronutrients). The goal of this app is to prevent hunger pains and low energy that can cause irritability. Simply enter your stats, goal and body type to get started.

4. MapMyFitness

By MapMyFitness

  • Free, bonus features costs $5.99
  • Compatible with iPhone, Android, iPad and iPod Touch

There are more than 600 activities on this app. It gives you the ability to pick a preplanned design or create your own route for nearly any outdoor workout. All you need is this app and your smartphone’s GPS. Obtain your workout stats including time, distance, pace and calories burned. You can share your stats with the MapMyFitness community—on Twitter and Facebook. This app allows you to sync with some of the other fitness gadgets like Nike+ and Fitbit.

5. RunKeeper

By FitnessKeeper, Inc.

  • Free
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

With RunKeeper, you can track walks, runs and bike rides with the GPS system on your phone. The app offers a user-friendly layout to easily view your detailed stats. You can connect with friends and keep track of each other’s achievements. Runkeeper gives you real-time coaching with audible updates on your time, distance and pace. This app will have you sweating for that summer body.

6. GymPact

  • Free
  • Compatible with Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

If you are looking for a bit of martial motivation, GymPact is a great way to find it. With GymPact, you choose the amount of money you will pay if you neglect to reach your specified goal. If you do achieve your goal, you get paid. You are betting on yourself. What better way to raise money for the new bathing suit?

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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