Many people are looking for guidance on their fitness journey. While there is a lot of information out there, it may not be correct. People also spend money purchasing programs that may not work for them. The applications below can help streamline your fitness program and get you the best results possible. All of the apps below are free. Some may have an optional fee if you want a premium version, but the free versions will do what you need.
My Fitness Pal
This app is a staple for nutrition. If you put in your stats and goals, it will lead you. It is important to point out, that you should be logging your weight changes so that the calories change as you progress. Also, check the Nutrients part. The default setting will provide a balanced amount of Macros (Macronutrients are the nutrients the body needs in large quantities, such as carbohydrates, fats and protein). You can loog your workouts to make sure you are not under eating. There are a lot of apps that connect to MFP, but if you don’t have those, you can use the generic numbers to give you something to go by. Make sure to log all workouts under “cardio” as that is the section that counts the calories. This app will walk you through everything and has blogs to also help you along your journey. You can add friends and share. You can scan bar codes. After a few days, it will become second nature. Make sure to click “complete day” at the bottom and it will give you an idea of how you are doing.
My Fitness Pal on iTunes
My Fitness Pal on Google Play
Couch 2 5k is an 8 week program to help someone go from being on the ‘couch’, to running a 5k (Just over 3 miles) by doing a walk/jog workout for 30mins, 3x/week. This program is great to give yourself goal and to make cardio less boring. That way, you are sure to progress in your cardio training. You can also modify the workouts so that instead of ‘jogging’ you do incline walks on the treadmill, or interval work on the stair climber.
C25K on iTunes
C25k on Google Play
BodySpace by Bodybuilding.com
WIth this app, you can add workout programs from trainers and athletes to your calendar, or create your own. The program will help you keep track of the weight you are liftng and give you a nice summary at the end of the week.
BodySpace on iTunes
BodySpace on Google Play
Map My Run
Map My Run is an app that tracks your own run/walk. You can search existing runs by others or do your own and it will tell you how far and your pace. It is also compatible with My Fitness Pal and will upload your workout to the app
Map My Run on iTunes
Map My Run on Google Play
Polar Heart Rate Monitors
This is a tool, so there is a purchase price of the Watch and Chest Strap. There are many styles available with various functions. Polar has long been the gold standard, setting the bar and doing the research for Heart Rate Training. You can use it to record your heart rate during workouts and also get a better idea of the calories you are burning to balance that with the food you are. You can add that into your Exercise log under Cardiovascular in My Fitness Pal.