When it comes to exercise, just getting around to doing it can be a challenge, but once you overcome the discipline hurdle, doing it right can be just as tough. If you don’t have a plan when you start your workout, whatever it might be, it can be easy to waste a lot of time and not actually accomplish much with time.
Now let me state, I am not a fitness junky, I don’t spend hours at the gym every week and I’m certainly not going to be running a marathon any time soon. I’m relatively fit simply as a result of my enjoyed activities which include mountain biking and waterskiing. When it comes to regimented, daily exercise, I’ll admit that I’m an on again off again person, however I do find that knowing what I’m planning to do for exercise helps.
Of course there are many different types of workouts that you can pursue, from full-on in the gym weight training, to going out for a run wherever you happen to be. There are also apps that can help you plan and keep track of just about any exercise activity you might be into. Here are a few apps that you might find helpful in your fitness pursuits.
iFitness – $1.99
iFitness is a very comprehensive fitness app with over 300 individual exercises, some using weights and other equipment and others that do not require any equipment at all. Every exercise includes a description and instructions as well as images of people actually demonstrating it. There are also now over 175 video instructions built into the app.
Start off by trying one o the 20 built in routines, or create several exercise routines of your own based on your personal goals and experience. Keep track of your progress see how you can progress towards a fitter, happier you!
Lose It! – Free
A big part of fitness and good health is eating well and eating the right amounts. This is one of the biggest areas of struggle for me. Lose It! is a great app to help you keep track of these important things and also allows you to set goals for weight loss and then track your progress.
Log your exercise time and type and also what you’re eating. Even if you don’t need to lose weight, the discipline of entering this type of information (if you do it for everything) will help you identify areas where your eating habits need a little help, or even patterns in your exercise habits which need to be addressed.
RunKeeper Pro – $9.99
Running is a great form of exercise to help you get in shape or stay in shape. RunKeeper Pro uses the GPS features of your iPhone to keep track of your activities. The app has a bunch of features including a history of your activity so you can see your improvement over time.
A free version of RunKeeper is available and is ad supported while also not having all of the options of the full version, however if you’re just looking to try it out, it’s a great option to see if this app is for you.
There are of course many varieties of yoga, and I’m not an expert by any stretch of the imagination. In my experience, Yoga can be a great form of exercise and also can serve as a great way to relax and wind down after a hard workout of another type. There are hundreds of Yoga apps in the app store, but I managed to find a couple to share.
PrÃªt-Ã -Yoga is a great app for beginning with yoga. It includes a guide through each sequence included in the app along with complete explanation of the art of yoga.
Authentic Yoga with Deepak Chopra is another yoga app that provides great instruction and some video to guide you through various poses from beginner to experienced. This app covers exercises for everything from strength building to stress relief.
If you’re thinking “what’s a kettlebell?”, picture a cannonball with a handle on it. These weights have been around for many years, but have just started gaining main stream popularity in the last several years. I’m a big fan of kettlebell exercises, as my experience is that you can get a great workout without taking hours to do so. There are many different exercises that can be completed with just one kettlebell, and here are a couple of apps that can guide you through a few of them.
Kettlebell Madness is a $0.99 app that features 6 different exercises along with a video that shows how to complete each exercise. Video is great in an app like this, as technique is important and doing things incorrectly could result in serious injury. This is true of any exercise, but especially so with kettlebells, since the weights are often heavier than in other exercise types.
iPump Kettlebells is a more comprehensive kettlebell app with 9 different workouts. It also has logging capabilities so you can keep track of number of reps, sets and which size kettlebell was used.
Keeping fit is an important part of living a long, healthy and inspired life. I’m not always the best at it, but I do what I can and having a few exercise options handy at any given time can certainly be a boost. I hope these apps can provide some inspiration to help you keep in shape.
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