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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 May 21, 2020

                    The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                    The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                    You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

                    Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

                    Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

                    An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

                    Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

                    1. The Paleo Diet

                    The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

                    The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

                    In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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                    How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

                    The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

                    With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

                    It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

                    Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

                    2. Whole30

                    The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

                    With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

                    During the month you are eliminating:

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                    • sugar
                    • alcohol
                    • legumes
                    • grains
                    • dairy
                    • soy

                    Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

                    At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

                    Finding Out How Food Impacts You

                    Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

                    With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

                    This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

                    3. The Mediterranean Diet

                    The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

                    For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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                    With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

                    • Fruits & vegetables
                    • Whole grains
                    • Legumes & nuts
                    • Replacing butter with olive oil
                    • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
                    • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
                    • Moderate amounts of red wine

                    Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

                    Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

                    With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

                    4. The Alkaline Diet

                    The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

                    The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

                    Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

                    The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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                    People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

                    One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

                    Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

                    There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

                    The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

                    What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

                    The Big Takeaway:

                    Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

                    Featured photo credit: Dan Gold via unsplash.com

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