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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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                    Published on September 20, 2018

                    11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                    11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                    In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                    Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                    In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                    Minimizing Tabs

                    Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                    Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                    Incognito Mode

                    Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                    1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                    2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                    3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                    This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                    Save Webpages as PDF Files

                    Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                    Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                    Open Recently-closed Tabs

                    Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                    One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                    The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                    Solve Mathematical Problems

                    Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                    For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                    Play Media Files

                    Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                    In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                    Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                    With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                    Stay Focus(e)d

                    Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                    Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                    With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                    This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                    Grammarly for Editing

                    Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                    You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                    Loom

                    There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                    There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                    With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                    Chrome Calendar Extension

                    No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                    Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                    Final Thoughts

                    Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

                    Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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