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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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