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Get in Shape Today with the 15 Top Fitness Apps

Get in Shape Today with the 15 Top Fitness Apps

Are you ready to crush your fitness goals in the New Year? If so, it might be smart to equip your phone with a fitness app that is suitable for your needs, goals, and experience level. Regardless of your favorite type of exercise or activity level, there is something for everyone in this list of top fitness apps that help you get in shape.

NOTEFor best results, your fitness plan should be consistent. Don’t download every app on this list, because that will overwhelm you. Just pick one or two apps (one for training and one for nutrition would be smart), follow the routine as instructed, and stick with what you’re doing for at least six to eight weeks before changing to another fitness plan.

Wanna improve your endurance and/or prepare for a race? Check out Couch to 5K.

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    What Is It? A nine-week plan for people who are just taking up running. Workouts occur three times per week; last 30-40 minutes each; and include walking + jogging / warm-up + cool-down. Features include custom motivational tips to help you stay encouraged, easy-to-use workout logs to track your progress, and a built-in music player so you can jam to your favorite playlists.

    Who Should Use It? Beginners who don’t have a gym membership, enjoy jogging, and/or would like to prepare for a race.

    Where Can I Get It? Android / iPhone

    Would you like to stretch it out anytime and anywhere? Try new poses with Pocket Yoga.

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      What Is It? A self-guided yoga practice that you can customize to fit your schedule and experience level. Features include detailed voice and visual instructions that guide you through every pose, 150 illustrated pose images including correct posture and positioning, and a workout log that tracks your progress to encourage consistency.

      Who Should Use It? People who would like to try yoga but are intimidated by a class setting; people interested in improving flexibility, balance, and stability; people who would like a quick home workout that could help them relieve stress and improve their sleep.

      Where Can I Get It? Android / iPhone

      Does the possibility of winning a bet motivate you? Put your money where your mouth is on GymPact.

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        What Is It? A bet-driven app where you can make money if you commit to your workouts and others don’t. But the reverse is also true: skip too many workouts and you might have to pay up.

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        Who Should Use It? If the thought of losing a bet is a strong motivator and/or you’re a closet gambler, this might be for you.

        Where Can I Get It? Android / iPhone

        Note: Reviews of the recent update of GymPact are quite negative as compared to reviews of previous versions. Consider this your heads-up just in case that makes you want to wait until they release an update correcting some bugs.

        Would you like to geek out over data related to your runs? Track your results and improve your performance with RunKeeper.

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          What Is It? A workout-tracking program that offers detailed stats about things like pace, distance, time, and calories burned. Features include detailed fitness plans to help you achieve a variety of goals (lose weight, improve endurance, run a race, etc.); real-time audio coaching to keep you encouraged; and built-in social sharing tools (so you can brag about those workouts with ease).

          Who Should Use It? People who are super interested in running, jogging, biking, hiking or walking and would like to geek out over performance stats about their personal bests.

          Where Can I Get It? Android / iPhone

          Confused about what to buy in the grocery store? Make better decisions with an assist from Fooducate.

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            What Is It? A database of nutritional information for about 200,000+ unique products. Scan the barcode of any item and receive instant access to the ingredients used, nutrition facts, and healthier alternatives. Features include fitness, progress and food tracking tools and grocery shopping lists.

            Who Should Use It? People who  would like to make better decisions in the grocery store.

            Where Can I Get It? Android / iPhone

            Need some music to get motivated? Get moving with Fit Radio.

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              What Is It? A free music-streaming service that provides non-stop, high-energy, workout music to keep you motivated while you exercise.

              Who Should Use It? People who are moved to train with more feeling if music is playing and/or people who have listened to their existing workout playlist a million times and would like to add fun to their daily routine.

              Where Can I Get It? Android / iPhone

              Want to become ridiculously good at push-ups? Crank up your upper body strength with Push Ups Pro.

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                What Is It? Input your age and body status to receive a training plan customized for you. Workouts include six levels of exercises friendly for any fitness level.

                Who Should Use It? People who would like to build a stronger upper body; people who would like to become able to do an impressive amount of push-ups; people who train at home and need support to stay consistent.

                Where Can I Get It? Android / Not available on iPhone, but you can find a similar app from Runtastic here.

                Have a hard time keeping up with your intake? Simplify your nutrition tracking with MyFitnessPal.

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                  What Is It? A ridiculously massive food database (3,000,000 foods!) that helps you track your diet. Features include a barcode scanner (useful when grocery shopping), exercise logs, support community where you can connect with friends, and charts, graphs and reports detailing your progress.

                  Who Should Use It? People who are going to count calories even though I tell them not to.

                  Where Can I Get It? Android / iPhone

                  Want to get in shape without using any equipment? Achieve your fitness goals with an assist from Workout Trainer.

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                    What Is It? Fitness training app that comes equipped with thousands of free workouts designed for a wide variety of fitness goals, experience levels, and personal preferences. Features include a virtual fitness consultation to personalize and improve your experience; instructional photos, videos, and audio cues that illustrate every exercise; online support community; and a built-in music player.

                    Who Should Use It? People who work out at home and would like to add variety to their training.

                    Where Can I Get It? Android / iPhone

                    Does turning fitness into a video game sound like fun? Level up with Fitocracy.

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                      What Is It? An RPG (role playing game)-like app that allows you to earn points and level up during your fitness journey. New friends and accountability buddies will cheer you on in an online social community that’s like Facebook but for fitness.

                      Who Should Use It? If reading the above sentence caused a nerdgasm, you’d probably like it.

                      Where Can I Get It? Android / iPhone

                      Is walking your exercise of choice? Make every step count with MapMyWalk.

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                        What Is It? A simple progress-tracking app that keeps up with your route, time, distance, pace, and calories burned in real-time.

                        Who Should Use It? People who would like to find new routes to walk or challenge themselves to beat previous best times.

                        Where Can I Get It? Android / iPhone

                        In a constant state of fight-or-flight? Manage your stress with Breathe2Relax.

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                          What Is It? A portable stress management tool that will help you improve your mood. Features include breathing exercises that will help you reduce stress; audio instructions to guide you; and background music to help you relax.

                          Who Should Use It? People who want to free themselves from stress and anxiety.

                          Where Can I Get It? Android / iPhone

                          Do you feel groggy before the day is half done? Connect the dots between your habits and your energy with Juice.

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                            What Is It? A fun and easy-to-use energy tracker that encourages positive habit change. Choose to track things like your sleep, exercise, nutrition, mood, relationships, stress, work/life balance, energy level, and more. You can also set reminders to encourage consistency.

                            Who Should Use It? Ambitious folks who want to improve the Big Picture of their health and wellness.

                            Where Can I Get It? Android / iPhone

                            Note: According to some negative reviews, this app could have bugs on certain types of phones. I’d encourage you to scan the reviews to make sure yours isn’t one of them before downloading.

                            Have a hard time getting a good night’s sleep? Improve the quality of your Zzzs with Sleepbot.

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                              What Is It? A smart alarm that gently wakes you during your lightest sleep. You can also record audio and movement while you snooze, resulting in guidance that will help you wake up better every morning.

                              Who Should Use It? People who would like to wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day.

                              Where Can I Get It? Android / iPhone

                              Are there any top fitness apps that you think should be a part of this list? If so, feel free to name them in the comments. What’s your favorite health or fitness app and why?

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                              Daniel is a writer who focuses on blogging about happiness and motivation at Lifehack.

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                              11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                              11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                              Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                              Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                              1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                              Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                              2. Stress Relief

                              Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                              3. Improved Sleep

                              Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                              4. Appetite Control

                              Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                              5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                              When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                              6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                              Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                              7. Mosquito Repellant

                              Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                              8. Pain Relief

                              While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                              9. The New Anti-Viral

                              Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                              10. Improved Cognitive Function

                              Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                              11. Money Saving

                              With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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