There are plenty of apps out there for working out and running, and I’m sure there are many great ones both free and for purchase that would the trick. Here are the ones that I have downloaded for FREE on my iPhone and actually use and love.
Nike Running App
Nike Running was the first app I downloaded for my post baby weight loss journey. This app will keep stats on your runs such as time/speed, calories burned, average pace and includes maps of the different locations you run as well. It has a built-in social network, where you can add Friends and see who has run the most distance during a month. You can set up some challenges between friends, such as running 50 kilometers in a certain time frame. If you have never ran before, there is also a Coach, where you can learn to run a 5 Km race.
You must run with the phone with you. I don’t have an arm band yet, but I suggest that you get one for your phone! I run with it in my hands and they can get really tired of holding the phone.
miCoach App by Adidas
miCoach is similar to the Nike Running App. I am using this one as well as my twin sister to run a faster 5 km. It keeps stats and maps, similar to the Nike Running App, however, I like their training plan better. It is very customizable. You start with an assessment run, which sets your speed zones; blue, green, yellow and red. Every run in a program is different, depending on your plan. I’m doing the Finish Faster – 5K. It prompts me when to run in which zones and to speed up or slow down if I am in the wrong zone. I have seen my 5k average go down drastically since using this app.
I also have to run with the phone, so again, an arm band would be ideal. I have noticed the GPS dropping in certain spots, which does affect my results slightly. Despite that, it’s a great app.
Nike Training App
Since I liked the Nike Running app, I thought I would try the Nike Training Club App. I absolutely loved this app. This got me into doing physical activity again after I had my baby. You can select from a variety of workouts, depending your goal, if you want to get lean, toned, strong, or focus on a target area. Each goal has levels from beginner to advanced. The workouts vary from 15 minutes to 45 minutes. You will need some equipment to workout with this app, such as dumbbells and a medicine ball! The women demonstrating the moves are all beautiful and fit, which inspires you to keep going! You can select your own music from your iPhone to play while your workout!
My Fitness Pal App
My Fitness Pal is more of a Nutrition Tracking app. You can keep track of the foods you eat by scanning in the bar code of all the products you eat. I found their database pretty impressive. If you can’t scan your food, you can look it upon their database. I will keep track of your calories eaten, calories burned as well as your macros (protein, carbs and fats).
You can connect the app to devices like heart monitor or other apps like Map My Run and Run Keeper which will make keeping track of your calories burned much easier. I haven’t done this yet. I would love to get a device such as a Fitbit or something similar in the future. I will have to do some research on this first. My Fitness Pal also have a social network component to it, but I haven’t really used it.
There are so may apps out there, and I mentioned four free apps on this post that I have used and enjoyed time and time again. They have made it easy for me to ease into working out again! They have also encouraged me and kept me motivated to keep up with my new lifestyle. Leave a comment below and let me know which ones you love. I would love to try some new ones