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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 22, 2019

                    10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                    10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                    There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                    One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                    In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                    Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                    1. Cat Camel Stretch

                    Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                    Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                    Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                    Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                    2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                    This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                    Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                    The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                    Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                    Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                    3. Jumping Jacks

                    Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                    Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                    4. Abductor Side Lifts

                    Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                    Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                    5. Balancing Table Pose

                    This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                    Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                      6. Leg Squats

                      Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                      Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                      The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                      7. Push Ups

                      You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                      An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                      Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                      This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                      8. Bicycle Crunches

                      There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                      Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                      9. Lunges

                      Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                      Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                      This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                      10. Bicep Curls

                      You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                      Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                      Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                      Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                      Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                      These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                      You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                      Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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