Innovative Fitness Apps And Its Technological Influence
In today’s day and age, we are constantly surrounded by, and offered, new information through emerging technologies. Therefore, keeping track of what works in our favour and what doesn’t is not the easiest of tasks. Although these technologies have disconnected many from the natural world and increased sedentary lifestyles, they can also work as a great guide on our path towards a healthy lifestyle.
We have researched and investigated our way through an extensive list of health and fitness related phone apps in order to create a list of only the most essential apps you will need on your journey towards a healthier and happier life.
Best Food Tracking App – MyFitnessPal
MyFitnessPal is one of the most popular calorie counters out there for good reason. Firstly, it offers a huge database of food with over 11 million listings, meaning it won’t take you longer than a couple of minutes a day to get a clear overview of your daily calorie intake, as well as recommendations on how much you need to consume in order to reach your goals.
Each day will be presented in the form of a pie-chart where you can follow your intake broken down into carbs, protein and fat. The app also shows you the number of calories you burn throughout the day based on your activities, which can be logged manually or automatically through the apps diary feature. Another aspect of the app that we were fond of is the option to both download recipes from the internet and to save your favourite meals for convenient logging.
MyFitnessPal is a free app. There is also a premium version for $49.99 a year including timestamps, ad-removal, file export, and more.
Best Stretching App – Stretching Sworkit
As stretching and flexibility are essential elements of staying healthy and reducing the risk of injuries, we decided to add our favourite stretching app to the list.
As you start your stretching routine with Sworkit, you’re greeted with the option of three different styles including: full body stretch, head-to-toe stretch, and Pilates. You’re able to personally set up your own routine according to your own needs and focus areas. Sworkit has a great library of over 100 different exercises, each with its own guide to ensure movements are performed correctly.
Stretching Sworkit is free to download and use on both Android and iOS, but it does offer in-app purchases as well as the option to subscribe for access to additional content.
Best Online Personal Trainer App – Caliber Fitness
As prices for personal trainers continue to rise, having someone help you on your fitness journey is becoming increasing inaccessible and unaffordable. That’s why we believe this might be one of the most crucial focus areas when it comes to reaching your fitness goals and improving your physique.
There are a great number of online fitness coaching apps out there today, so finding the best one wasn’t easy. However, after extensive research, we landed on the Caliber Fitness App.
Providing its members with customized workouts and nutrition plans that suit your personal schedule, as well as customised one-on-one coaching from a certified trainer (we found a lot of apps that couldn’t provide any certifications), this was an all-round winner. Once you sign up and becomes a member, the program starts with a detailed consultation to learn about your specific needs and fitness goals.
Caliber Fitness offers free online personal training through a 14 day trial and is thereafter priced at $99 per month, which members can pay as a monthly subscription. There is no contract, meaning members can easily cancel their subscription at any time. The monthly subscription enables users to access their workout and nutrition plans, progress check-ins, one-on-one trainer support, and more.
Best Mindfulness App – Headspace
Mindfulness is an area gaining a great deal of popularity over recent years, and has exposed its benefits to people all over the world. Therefore, a mindfulness app is a certainty when it comes to improving overall well-being and achieving holistic health.
Although mindfulness apps have been popping up all over the place during the last year, our uncontested favourite is the Headspace App. It provides easy-to-follow personalized coaching that trains the mind to practice daily meditation. Headspace techniques include breathing exercises, body scans, focused attention, visualization and sitting meditation.
Headspace introduces the basics of mindfulness and meditation with the ‘Take 10 Free Trial,’ a guided foundation course featuring 10 sessions of 10 minutes each with six accompanying video infographics to illustrate concepts. This helps users grasp what can first seem like a rather complex aspect of our well-being.