Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My Favorite Free Apps for Health & Fitness

I am a bit on the cheap frugal side, so I don't spend a lot of money on apps for my mobile devices. Luckily there are some awesome free apps that can help you along your health and fitness journey...
My Fitness Pall Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker
If you are trying to figure out why you're gaining weight...or why you're not losing weight, I highly recommend tracking your calories for a few days to see what your current intake is. If you are new to eating healthy or trying to limit your calorie intake this is a great app for tracking calories. You can also use this app to track your exercise, and make daily notes about your food and exercise.
Interval Timer - For Fitness and Workouts (deltaworks)
If your going to do High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Cardio you need a way to time yourself.  This app is great because you can set the time for each interval, number of intervals, warm up, and cool down.  You can save different timers for different workouts.  My favorite thing about this app is that you can listen to your music, workout, and the app will play a sound to indicate the start of each interval (you choose the sounds).  There's no need to look down at your watch while running....which is great if you are as clumsy as I am ;)

iDrated - Hydration Monitor, Water Log, Drink Alarm (Locassa)
I recently went looking for an app to remind me to drink water.  I need to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated before, during and after workouts....and getting into the habit of increasing my water intake has been a struggle.  Especially since I have a hard time remembering how much water I've had ;)  This app helps you track how much water you've had, when you need to have more, and how close you are to drinking your required water for the day.

Pandora Radio
Listening to music while I'm working out really helps to keep me moving.  This app is great because you can create your own "radio stations" based on your favorite songs or artists.  The songs you hear will be similar to whatever song or artist you used to create that particular station.  The free version has commercials here and there, but not enough to bother me personally.  They offer a paid commercial free version as well.

I love being able to create a playlist for a specific workout, and not have to mess with my music during my workout.  Whether you use iTunes or another media player, I highly recommend making playlists that are  tailored to your workouts.

Now this one might seem a little random...but just let me explain ;)  When I started an Instagram account for Fit From Scratch I had no idea that there was a huge, supportive and totally inspiring fitness community on Instagram.  If you are looking for motivation, support and/or accountability take a look around Instagram.  Do a hashtag search for #fitfam, #fitness, #motivation, etc. and start following the IG'ers who inspire you!  And (please hold for shameless self promotion in 5, 4, 3...) don't forget to follow Fit From Scratch on Instagram!

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