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12 Awesomely Free Fitness Applications

12 Awesomely Free Fitness Applications

The key to accomplishing any and all health/fitness related goals is consistency. Physical transformations are only triggered as we continue to push the body harder and further over time. Tracking our progress is a sure-fire way to know we are on the right path. Seeing these positive results also provides us with a mighty kick of motivation to continue!

Thankfully, there’s a number of clever smartphone applications which can make reaching our goals a whole lot easier. Here are 12 of the best health/fitness applications for you to check out!

Runners

1. RunKeeper (Android/Apple)

RunKeeper is a fantastic running tracker that’s a joy to use. You can quickly and easily create routes, then track and analyze your performance. It even allows you to build fitness plans to help accomplish a variety of goals.

RunKeeper’s slick interface also has a lot going on under the surface. This powerful application offers boatloads of integration with other applications and even smart devices.

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    2. C25K: Couch to 5K (Android/Apple)

    This beautifully named application will kick you off the couch and carve you into a marathon runner! It’s a great choice for anyone who decides to take on this daunting fitness challenge.

    Choose from different training programs from zero all the way up to a whopping 10k! Don’t worry, the excellent tracking features will ensure you don’t skip your training sessions!

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      Gym Junkies

      3. JEFIT Workout Exercise Trainer (Android/Apple)

      While in the gym, it’s essential to use the correct lifting forms and patterns. Otherwise, your results will be sub-par and you will probably injure yourself.

      Thankfully, JEFIT can prevent this by becoming your very own personal trainer. A very knowledgeable one, thanks to the vast database of 1300+ exercises with animations and tips. Furthermore, you can make use of fitness plans and tracking to reach your goals.

      4. FitNotes Gym Workout Log (Android Only)

      Progression in the gym will lead to the fastest improvements in the mirror. FitNotes offers an exceptional way to organize workouts, track lifts and see your progress. It’s truly fully free, distracting adverts included!

      FitNotes offers excellent customization, enabling users to build custom workout routines and tailor them to suit their needs. A must-download application for serious gym goers!

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        5. StrongLifts 5×5 (Android/Apple)

        For those that weren’t already aware, StrongLifts is a legendary weightlifting program. It can even be adapted to efficiently achieve a number of goals such as all out-strength, building muscle or fat loss.

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        With this application, you gain an expert StrongLifts instructor. You will be instructed exactly, which exercises to perform and how to progress. It even has advanced features to allow for missed workouts, lifting failures and plateaus. It’s a true godsend for budding bodybuilders!

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          Diet Control

          6. MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter (Android/Apple)

          MyFitnessPal has become one of the most popular dietary trackers available, and for good reason. Calorie counting is a snap with it’s 5+ million food database. You can quickly calculate calories in recipes and confidently track your diet.

          With the addition of fitness tracking functions this application has become an excellent all-in-one solution!

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            7. My Diet Coach (Android/Apple)

            My Diet Coach is an excellent application for beginners to learn how to manipulate their diets for healthy weight loss. Users will gain helpful information, tips, and even strong motivation to continue!

            Most notably, it encourages slow and steady lifestyle adjustments with a friendly approach. Also, the calorie and progress tracking systems are simply a breeze to use.

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              8. FatSecret Calorie Counter (Android/Apple)

              FatSecret offers a powerful nutrition-tracking platform, without becoming too overwhelming for new users. It enables quick logging of meals and food whilst tracking calories through exercise.

              There are a couple of nifty features too, such as barcode scanning, recipe ideas, Facebook and Google integration. If you need an efficient application for tracking your diet, FatSecret makes a fine choice.

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                SmartWatch Wearers

                9. Google Fit (Android Only)

                Google Fit has undergone a bunch of updates since last year, providing more functionality and trackable metrics than ever! It’s now a great personal fitness hub for Android Wear device owners.

                It’s relatively simple to use, completely free and always improving with regular updates. If you’re rocking an android smart watch, get Google Fit!

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                  10. Nike+ Running (Android/Apple)

                  Nike has developed an unbeatable reputation in the sports/fitness industry. Their Nike+ Fuel Band pioneered fitness wearables, and now their Running application is available across multiple platforms.

                  Nike+ Running is well optimized for both Android Wear and Apple Watch users. As well as tracking your distance and location, you can even submit yourself to online leader boards and receive encouragement from others!

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                    Fun Motivation

                    11. Ingress (Android/Apple)

                    If you could transform fitness into a highly addictive game would it help you get into shape? If so, you need to check out Ingress, the location-based, augmented reality location adventure!

                    Ingress will have you out on an exciting scavenger hunt and completing interactive missions alongside others. Use it to bring out your competitive side and it will give you the motivation you need!

                    12. Zombies, Run! (Android/Apple)

                    In the case of a zombie apocalypse, it would truly be survival of the fittest. Or in this case, you will become increasing fit while feeling for your life! Zombies, Run! is a fully immersive and dramatic zombie survival adventure game. There’s no better way to get your adrenaline pumping than hearing and almost believing you are being pursued.

                    Jogging down to the shops now becomes a perilous supply run, you’ve got to run to stay alive!

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                    Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                    Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                    Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                    Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                    So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                    Joe’s Goals

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                      Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                      Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                      Daytum

                        Daytum

                        is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                        Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                        Excel or Numbers

                          If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                          What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                          Evernote

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                            I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                            Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                            Access or Bento

                              If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                              Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                              You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                              Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                              All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                              Conclusion

                              I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                              What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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