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These health and fitness apps will help you become a first-class athlete

These health and fitness apps will help you become a first-class athlete (even if you are a newbie)

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Have you ever wondered why there are so many health and fitness apps to choose from? The worldwide Fitness Apps market is on the rise. It will reach US$16,596.42m in 2022 and will grow annually by 16.18%.  


This is why there are so many. You start researching the best ones, download a handful to test them out, and then have hard times deciding which ones are best for you.


In fact, “nearly 96 per cent of app users only use one health and fitness app”. Only 1(!) app.

This article is going to outline some of the most popular and best-rated apps you can use. We will start with the beginners’ apps, followed by the health and fitness apps for a more advanced athlete, and, finally, for a serious athlete!

The apps were hand-picked by looking at:

  • Ratings and reviews;
  • Trends for 2022 and beyond & what professional athletes use;
  • Personal experience;
  • Apps for different fitness levels and training goals;

Let’s get into it!

HEALTH AND FITNESS APPS FOR A BEGINNER ATHLETE

You have finally bought a pair of running shoes or signed up for the gym. You cannot wait to get started.

Here is what you should consider downloading:

  • MyFitnessPal 
  • or Lose It! App;

Use for:  nutrition, calorie and macronutrient tracking. Nutrition is the first thing you want to look at and get that under control. What you eat affects how you feel every day and how much energy you have for the workouts. Once you learn how to measure and track what you eat and how much of it you eat, you will see your body composition starting to change, you will have plenty of energy and motivation.

  • Pacer Pedometer & Step Tracker;
  • Fitbit (do not need the Fitbit watch to use the app),
  • Charity Miles (allows you to donate money to the charity based on how much you walk, run, or ever cycle;

Use for: counting steps, tracking activity; 1000steps.or.au claim that the studies have found that walking 10k a day promotes weight loss, improves glucose tolerance and reduces blood pressure.

  • NHS Couch to 5K - Beginner Runner App

Use for:  jogging/running when you start consistently walking 10k steps and feel like you are ready for more activity; Couch to 5K helps you boost your confidence as it sets out achievable targets and milestones.

  • Les Mills on Demand (group exercise at home); 
  • Peloton (cycling at home); 
  • Glo (body and mind);
  • Sworkit (personalised video workouts at home)

Use for: when you fancy a fitness class experience or ready for an individual but guided workout at home. You will learn how to do bodyweight training, use weights; do yoga or pilates, and more.


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HEALTH AND FITNESS APPS FOR FITNESS JUNKIES

You know what you are doing and you want to keep progressing; you have been a member of a gym for several years; you have tried different styles of training; you want to optimise your performance and explore new efficient and effective ways of training;

First of all, do not neglect macro trackers (i.e. MyFitnessPal) and step counters - they are not only for newbies! At this point, you will have learnt how to roughly estimate eaten calories and macros, and you may be eating intuitively. If you are enjoying your journey without nutrition apps (and still progressing) - you do not have to use them.

If you liked some of the other apps from the “beginner” section - keep using them.

The following list is something extra to explore:

  • Under Armour apps (Map My Run; Walk; Fitness);
  • Nike apps (Nike Training Club and Nike Run Club: Running Coach);
  • Strava: Run, Ride, Swim; 
  • Adidas Training by Runtastic;
  • Sweat (workouts for women).

Use for: strength and endurance training; when you need great tools to measure your progress; if you want to be working towards a goal such as your first 10K, 21K, or even a marathon! If you do hate running, make sure to do some cardiovascular training in addition to your strength workouts.

And:

  • TRX Training Club (can use in the gym or purchase your own TRX straps);
  • 5 Minute Yoga;
  • J&J Official 7 Minute Workout.

Use for: training when you don’t have much time on your hands and you can’t get to the gym.

Bonus apps:

  •  Headspace (mental health); 
  •  Flo (for women- track your cycle to optimise your performance);
  •  AI Personal Trainers apps such as Onyx.

Use for: when you realise that there are other things to optimise and look at in order to be getting the most out of your workouts. We picked these 3 but feel free to use alternatives.

 

HEALTH AND FITNESS APPS FOR A SERIOUS ATHLETE

Serious athletes are no different to beginners and intermediates - we are all the same in terms of having to go back to basics when it comes to sleep, recovery, steps, and nutrition.

We just wanted to take a step further and find something specific for current or wanna-be  competitive athletes, or just for those whose life IS health, fitness and training (i.e. professional) trainers:

  • Strong Lifts Weight Lifting Log;
  • JEFIT: Workout Tracker Gym Log; 
  • 5/3/1.

Use for: strength training and bodybuilding when you want to be focusing on each body part as well as big lifts such as barbell squat, bench press and deadlift.  These apps allow to track your sets, reps, and weight lifted, and help you see your progression and measurable results;

Also, check out:

  • CrossFit Games;
  • Keelo;
  • Seconds Pro Interval Timer;

Use for: high-intensity training to work on your cardiovascular fitness and make your heart and lungs stronger.

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THE TAKEAWAY

There are 4 types of wellness apps:

  • “Nutrition and diet activity;
  • Tracking apps;
  • Workout fitness;
  • Apps for yoga and meditation”.

At the beginning of your health and  fitness journey, all you need is one app for nutrition, one for counting steps, and one for any form of exercise.

Just choose something that meets your needs and is fun.

When you get more confident and learn what you enjoy the most, download and test various apps to find the one that helps you progress quicker; perhaps, motivates you, and is easy to use.

Do not forget that no matter how much experience you have in fitness,  fundamentals such as sleep, daily walking, mindfulness, and properly fueling your body, are a priority.

Have fun exploring, though!

What is your favourite health and fitness app? Why? Let us know by commenting below. 

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