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6 Fitness Apps That Make Working Out Too Fun To Skip

6 Fitness Apps That Make Working Out Too Fun To Skip

Let’s be honest – we all have those days when we need some extra exercise motivation. Sometimes that warm bed or that next episode on Netflix is too difficult to deny, especially when we’re sick of our repetitive exercise routines.

For an extra push, these awesome apps are ushering in a new era of gamification to fitness.

These fitness apps make working out insanely fun – you’ll be showing up to the gym 7 days a week!

1. Zombies, Run!

For many of us living in an age of digitized instant gratification, running isn’t always the most exciting fitness activity. While some may find running meditative, others find it remarkably dull. Zombies, Run! is one app that manages to make running truly, authentically fun. Zombies, Run! combines audiobook storytelling with exercise, with a narrative that will keep you hitting the street time after time.

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    You become Runner 5, a survivor of the zombie apocalypse that has decimated the world. Joining one of few survivor camps around, Abel Township, you’ll be forced to earn your keep by going out on regular expeditions. Your mission objectives are explained to you through audio recordings, interspersed with music from your pre-compiled playlist, as you are sent to gather intel, supplies, and discover secrets surrounding the mysterious zombie outbreak.

    The Zombies, Run! story is highly engaging and makes users look forward to running. The app also includes zombie chase sequences, which force you to run faster for a certain period of time in order to escape the undead trailing behind you (perfect for interval runners).

    During your running missions, you’ll pick up supplies, which can then be used within the app to build and grow the Abel Township base camp. Upgrade the hospital, build a playground, or repair fortifications – your choice!

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    The ZombieLink is another ultra-cool feature, letting you see your running route and track your pace during various missions. You can even see which songs had you running faster! We all need a few good pump-up songs.

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      There’s a ton of value packed into Zombies, Run! It’s a seriously fun app that makes running the most entertaining and engaging it has ever been. Some may find the concept of a zombie audio story fitness app a bit bizarre, but don’t let the unusual concept fool you – this app is genius. Finally, running is fun!

      Zombies, Run! is available on the App Store and Google Play Store for $3.99.

      2. Burn Your Fat With Me

      Burn Your Fat With Me is an entirely different breed of workout app, serving as a virtual anime dating simulator in which you impress your anime dream date with your sweet, sweet pectorals. You can choose your “training partner” who will workout alongside you, urging you on with encouragements and helping you complete various trials.

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        The app notes that it motivates users through the use of “moe,” which is a Japanese term used to describe, “that special, heart-melting feeling you get when you see an adorable female character.” Hey, whatever gets you moving pal, this is a judgement free zone. Despite the unusual premise the app is loaded with a decent amount of content. Story Mode features 800 voiced lines of dialogue with 15 episodes that escalate in difficulty.

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          Don’t worry ladies, there’s a version for you too with male gym buddies (although it’s all in Japanese at the moment, so you’ll need to be at least bilingual to enjoy it).

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          Burn Your Fat With Me is available on the App Store and Google Play Store for $3.99.

          3. Superhero Workout

          Superhero Workout is another awesome exercise app by Six to Start, the same team behind Zombies, Run! Superhero Workout functions in a similar way to the popular 7 Minute Workout app, but Superhero Workout adds a nice gaming element to make things much more fun.

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            In Superhero Workout, you are protecting earth against invasion through use of a unique mech battle suit, the AEGIS One. In order to save humanity, you must pilot the AEGIS One and complete various exercises in order to activate weapons, shields, and various other cool abilities

            Superhero Workout has some pretty cool extra features you can take advantage of, like a camera-activated motion tracker, which counts your reps and helps measure the amount of calories you burn! The app can even be synced up to Apple TV or Chromecast so that you can watch the action on the big screen.

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              Superhero Workout is a great app choice for those looking for a motivating full-body workout that’s fun and story-driven.

              Superhero Workout is available on the App Store and on the Google Play Store for $2.99

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              4. Nexercise

              Nexercise is an app that tracks your movement, rewarding users with points the more that they exercise. It sounds pretty standard at first. The difference here is that these points that you earn are actually worth something.

              Points earned through Nexercise can be exchanged for gift cards from stores like Home Depot, Sephora, CVS, and others! Turn working out into your full-time job!

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                Nexercise even lets you compete against friends and co-workers. Nothing like a little friendly competition to spice things up!

                You can download Nexercise’s Nextrack app for free from the App Store and from the Google Play Store.

                5. BattleSuit Runner Fitness

                BattleSuit Runner Fitness is another story-based running app, very (very) similar to Zombies, Run! This time, instead of saving the world against hordes of the undead, you’re protecting Earth against alien invaders. You’ll speed up or slow down your pace to activate various features of your battle suit, which will help you defend against alien scum.

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                  One unique aspect of Battesuit Runner is the choice element. At some points in your mission, you may be given a choice – either usher the hostages back to safety by slowing down, or chase after the enemy by speeding up. Different choices have different results, adding an interesting choice aspect to the game.

                  Battlesuit Runner also features combat encounters, where you’ll have to battle enemy aliens. Your success will depend on how much you’ve upgraded your suit, which you can do via “iridium,” the game’s form of currency that can be earned for free through missions or purchased with real Earth money.

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                  While the app design is nothing to fawn over, the audio-narrated missions are interesting enough to hold attention and definitely inject some fun into the average run.

                  Battlesuit Runner Fitness is just $0.99 at the App Store and Google Play Store.

                  6. Pact

                  Pact lets users make pacts with other users for working out and achieving healthy eating goals, with real-life money betting to give you incentive.

                  If you stick to your goals, you get paid! If you fail to meet your own standards, you pay out to the users who stay committed.

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                    Clearly the cash incentive has worked for many users – Pact has been able to help members achieve 95% of their goals. Pretty impressive stuff!

                    Pact can be downloaded for free at the App Store or at the Google Play Store.

                    These apps are leading the charge in a new era of exercise gamificiation, making fitness finally fun! Any awesome fun fitness apps I missed? Share your top picks in the comments.

                    ZombieLink photo from by Joystick Chik

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                    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                    The result: no more mental stress.

                    2. Unplug

                    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                    3. Easy on the Caffeine

                    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                    The result: mental stress will be gone!

                    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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