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9 Fitness Apps That Keep You Motivated

9 Fitness Apps That Keep You Motivated

Everybody likes to have a healthy lifestyle. But, it is not easy for everyone to follow a workout plan. A solution for such people may be an app that can help them reach their fitness targets. These kinds of apps have made the fitness and nutrition solutions readily available to all. But with so many apps on the market, it is not easy to pick the best one.

Here are some of the free download apps which are considered highly effective when it comes to your health and nutrition.

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1. Cody

It is an app which is like the Facebook for fitness. It offers inside connections to the fitness community. Access to the such a community allows you to share workouts and fitness ideas. It also allows you to complete the exercises by following old and new friends. You can track your progress by looking at the timeline. Other users can also comment on the daily exercise activities. It is available for iOS devices and costs nothing.

2. Pact

It is an app that uses money as an incentive. The app was formerly known as GymPact. It encourages the users to pledge a certain amount of money and set up some days. Users need to pay for each day they fail to complete the workout. If the users manage to finish the daily workout, then they get paid. It also has the feature of connecting with other apps. There is also a nutritional option available. It compels the users to eat healthy, complete workouts or pay the consequences.

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3. Hot5 Fitness

It offers high-quality workouts that are led by the best trainers. The exercises are offered step by step so that the users can easily follow them. There are so many exercises like yoga, abs, core, flexibility and everything in between in this app. There is an extensive range of five-minute video workouts in this app. There are also 45-minute long yoga videos as well. The app is very simple to use, and its interface is user-friendly. The limited use of the app is free. To get unlimited access, you will have to pay, but it is not very expensive.

4. Moves

It is an app that is an excellent reminder of the importance of little steps. Your day is tracked minute by minute by a pedometer. It provides the summary of your movements. It tells you how many steps or pedals you have covered. It also keeps a record of the calories burned every day. The calorie consumed is presented as a simple timeline that can easily be read and understood. It is available for iOS devices and is free. It can be of great assistance in developing a successful workout routine.

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5. Human

If you are looking for a more casual approach towards exercising, then Human is a good app for you. It encourages its users to reach thirty minutes of physical activity. The physical activity is not defined by the app so you can choose it according to your taste and convenience. You can choose anything from dancing, running, jumping, etc. The primary objective of the app is to ensure that you are active for 30 minutes every day. The app will track your movements and inform you about the goals that you have achieved. It is a free app and is available for iOS devices.

6. LoseIt

It is an excellent app for those who are looking to lose weight. This app creates a whole weight loss plan for its users. The method will be suitable to the busy lifestyle, so it is pretty efficient. The app is just as your personal trainer. It is also your nutritionist who is available to you all the time. All you need to do is to put your weight loss goals. It will track your calories. To make the calculation more precise, it gives a barcode scanner. It allows the app to know about the food that you are consuming. Its focus is not just on the calorie intake but also on the nutritional value of the input. It can connect with other devices and apps as well. It is available for Android, iOS, Nook and Kindle. It is also a free app.

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7. Healthy out

Healthy out provides healthy and nutritional options available at all of your favorite restaurants. All you need to do is specify your favorite eating place and then tell you nutritional needs and restrictions. You can specify things such as fat-free, heart healthy, gluten free, etc. the apps suggests modifications to the recipes according to the specific nutritional needs of the user. It is a free app that can be downloaded on iOS and Android devices.

8. Mindshift

It is a free app for Android and iOS devices. It is designed to offer help to people struggling with anxiety. It provides several strategies and gives the advice to cope with their situation. The aim of the app is to change the way users think about stress.

9. Noom weight loss coach

It is a combination of nutritional coach and a pedometer. Users can log meals and workouts on this app. It also counts the steps of users through the day. It offers positive encouragement and shares articles and nutritional recipes with their users. The free app’s food database is color coded. It is available for iOS and Android devices.

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Last Updated on October 15, 2018

Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

“Why am I so tired?” is a question that people ask themselves pretty frequently. Everyone gets tired at one point or another, particularly after something like an illness, a long night up with a sick child, or a busy week at work. When tiredness is persistent, however — when you feel tired as soon as you wake up in morning or when sleep doesn’t seem to help, no matter how much rest you get— it may often indicate a deeper, underlying problem.

While there are a lot of possible reasons for tiredness, here’re some of the most common causes of fatigue:

1. Dehydration

If you want to boost your energy levels, first check whether you are dehydrated. The human brain is 85% water, and needs to maintain this level in order to perform its essential functions.

If you fail to drink enough water, the brain extracts fluids from your blood to compensate for the deficit. As a result, the oxygen levels in your blood drop, reducing the amount of energising oxygen available to your organs and tissues. Fatigue and sleepiness set in rapidly, leaving you more vulnerable to the 2 pm post-lunch crash that many of us experience.

You cannot cure this crash with caffeine – the only long-term, effective solution is to drink hydrating fluids throughout the day.

2. Lack Of Exercise

A workout will surely leave you feeling even more tired, right? Wrong! As counterintuitive as it may sound, physical activities have an energizing effect. Moving your body releases endorphins, increases your heart rate, and boosts your concentration.

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Try to fit in at least 30 minutes of medium-intensity exercise every day. It’s easiest if you can make this part of our everyday routine, either as soon as you wake up or right after work.

3. A Poor Diet

The food you eat has a direct impact on sleep quality and the amount of rest you get every night. For maximum energy, stick to protein, slow-release carbohydrates, and a moderate amount of healthy (unsaturated) fats. The majority of your food should be plant-based, high in fiber, and low in sugar. These choices will prevent blood sugar fluctuations, which can leave you feeling exhausted.

An easy way to make sure you stick to a good diet is through meal preparation. It’s easy to just get take-out when you’re tired after work, but if you have a meal ready for you in the fridge, you’ll be less tempted by pizza or cheese.

Find out more about healthy meal prep here: 10 Meal Planning Apps You Need To Have To Get Healthier Easily

4. Skipping Breakfast

Physician Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan advises that eating breakfast is key to maintaining a good level of energy throughout the day. When you eat breakfast, you are sending calming signals to the areas of the brain responsible for avoiding danger, along with those that instruct the body to conserve as much energy as possible.

Ingesting food signals to your brain that there is enough food available to ensure our survival. This encourages it to stay relaxed, which in turn, promotes restful sleep.

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Some great ideas for a healthy, filling, and make-ahead breakfasts include overnight oats, smoothies, and freezer-friendly breakfast burritos.

Or if meal-prepping isn’t your think, stock up on easy but healthy breakfast foods like multigrain cereal, yogurt, and fruit: 20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

5. Poor Quality Of Sleep

We all know that it’s important to wind down a couple of hours before bed. But did you know that it’s what you do throughout the day that promotes good-quality sleep? It’s not just about the number of hours you sleep, but how restful and deep that sleep is.

TO feel rested, try to regulate your everyday routine to make your sleep deeper and better. Get up at a regular time in the morning to ensure that you get regular sunlight.

Eat nutritious foods in moderate amounts, and make sure you stay hydrated. Go to bed at the same time. And before bedtime, avoid screens that can give off harmful blue light and also keep you stimulated when you need to prepare for a restful night.

Read more about how to develop a routine that will get you better sleep: Poor Sleep Quality Comes from All the Things You Do Since Morning

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6. Sleep Apnea (A Person’s Airways Get Blocked off While They Are Asleep)

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where a person’s airways get blocked off while they are asleep, causing their oxygen levels to drop while they are asleep. This often causes people to stop breathing at night and then to jerk themselves awake (this can happen over 30 times an hour).

Because of this, people with sleep apnea can feel short of breath and have low energy levels. Mouthpieces and other devices to aid in breathing as well as the use of a special breathing machine to keep oxygen levels in a safe zone.

If you feel tired all the time and think you might have sleep apnea, consulting with a doctor is important. Do a sleep study, as this can often reveal if there is an underlying problem causing your tiredness — and once a diagnosis is made, treatment to help you get your energy back begins.

7. Depression

Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States (and in many other countries of the world as well). It is marked by persistent feelings of sadness or unhappiness but has physical symptoms, too. Apart from fatigue, people may also experience changes in sleeping and eating habits and difficulty concentrating.

Treatment can often center on anti-depressants, counselling and lifestyle changes like stress management to help manage this condition. You can take a look at these 15 Ways To Overcome Depression And Sadness.

Many people also benefit from activities like yoga and meditation, which help regulate both the body and mind.

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8. Hypothyroidism

If a person has hypothyroidism, their thyroid gland does not produce adequate levels of these important hormones— and the result can be a persistent and unrelenting fatigue, even if someone is getting enough sleep. Other common symptoms of this disorder include mood swings, weight gain and feeling cold all the time.

Fortunately, simple blood work can reveal if there is a problem and it can be treated with artificial thyroid hormone pills like Synthroid. Check here for signs of having a thyroid problem. If you suspect that you might have hypothyroidism, talk to your doctor.

9. Anemia

People with anemia are not able to make enough red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the their bodies. This is often due to a lack of nutrients like iron or B-12 and can be caused by problems such as heavy periods, bleeding in the digestive tract or pregnancy (due to the increased demands of the growing baby).

However, in most cases, this can be resolved with treatments like changes in diet, iron supplements or B-12 shots.

While here are some drinks you can try to relieve symptoms of Anemia, it’s best to do a blood test and consult your doctor in case of any hidden medical conditions.

10. Cancer

While you shouldn’t be freaking out about cancer just because you are tired, it is a fact that fatigue is one of the symptoms of cancer. Other common symptoms can include unexplained weight loss and the presence of palpable lumps or growths. This disease is marked by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells that can do damage to surround tissues and possibly spread to other parts of the body.

Diagnosis is usually by biopsy and treatment often focusses on radiation, chemotherapy or surgery— and generally when a diagnosis is made early, the outcomes for the patient are better.

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