Top 5 Free Fitness Apps

If you are like me, you always have your smart phone within 3 feet of you. In fact use mine for everything… alarm clock, GPS, weather, and sometimes I actually use it as a phone. We all know the best things about smart phones are the apps!

Whether its Angry Birds, Facebook, Pandora, InstaGram, or whatever…everyone has at least 5 apps that they can not function without. Well, as a fitness professional and an all around fitness addict, I am always looking for things that can help me increase my fitness level as well as tools that will help my clients achieve their goals. So, I have put together a list of my favorite, FREE, fitness apps for the iPhone and Android smart phones.

Here goes the list in no particular order:

1) Calorie King: A quick and easy way to look up detailed nutritional information including protein, carbohydrates, fiber, saturated fats, calories and more of over 70,000 foods including 260 fast food and restaurant chains.

2) Nike+ Running: This App is one of the most interactive, running apps on the market. It maps your runs (or walks) using GPS, tracks and records your progress, and provides motivation while you are running/walking with audio reminders of your distance, pace, and time. It also allow you to interact with friends and workout partners via Facebook, to let them cheer you on as you improve your cardiovascular endurance.

3) Interval Timer: You do High Intensity Interval Training right? Well I hope you do…its the best way to train for fat loss. This fully customizable app allows you to track your design you workouts with ability to adjust your high and low interval times, number sets, rest periods and etc. Great for circuit training, body weight training, cardio, and more; this app allows you to play music while the timer is running in the background…which is a great feature for those cardio intervals!

4) Lose It: If you are serious about losing weight, this app has all the tools and features to make your goals a reality. By combining calorie tracking and peer support and interaction… this app has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, and The Washington Post for its simplicity and user-friendly tools. It offers the ability to log your meals, scan bar codes of packaged foods, and even set up recipes for more complicated foods…all while share your progress with friends and generating custom reports on your activity and progress.

5) Eat This, Not That Game: The key to successfully fighting the battle of the bulge is knowledge. Especially when it comes food, picking the right choices can be quite confusing due to clever marketing campaigns by food companies. This app is a fun and entertaining way to improve your food knowledge while challenging your nutrition skills by having to make split second decisions on which of two items are would be the best to eat.

Honorable Mention

iYoga+: This app is actually very good, where else can you get 8 free 30 minute long yoga lessons at the palm of your hand. With audio guidance and visual aides, this app is made for Yoga enthusiast of all levels because of the varying level of difficulties for beginning yogi all the way to an experienced yoga instructor.

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