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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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                              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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