This is the time of year that I like to call, “New year, new me season“–the gym is packed at all hours of the day, grocery lines are filled with people who have nothing but fruit and veggies in their carts and our TVs are inundated with commercials promoting weight loss programs. Getting in shape and living a healthier lifestyle requires discipline and holding yourself accountable. Fitness apps are a great way to keep yourself in check and I want to share a couple of my favorites with you.
Nike Training Club
- This app is great for people who–
- May not be able to get into the gym
- Don’t have access to equipment
- Aren’t familiar with exercises or doesn’t have a routine
- People like me who use this app for a quick, intense burn before strength training
- My Favorite Features–
- You can find routines that target specific muscle groups
- You can browse by workout type (endurance, mobility, yoga and strength)
- You can find workouts where you train like certain athletes (right now the app features Michael B. Jordan and Ronaldo), no-equipment workouts and short workouts
- If you need more guidance, you can build a plan that’s custom to you based on your goals and fitness level. Are you a beginner? Do you want to get lean? Do you want a plan where you use your own bodyweight, or do you want to just get strong in the gym?
- If you find a specific workout routine that you like, you can easily add it to your favorites so you don’t have to hunt for it!
- You can still play your favorite music in the background while you use the app
Quick tip: if you’re interested in a workout, select it and scroll down to see if there is any equipment required to make sure you get everything set up.
Above: in the app, go to the Workouts tab and browse by specific muscle group, workout type or train like an athlete
Above: go to the My Plan tab and build
a plan based on your goals and fitness level
Above: if you like a specific workout, or interested in one,
click on the workout and tap the star in the upper right corner.
You can access your favorites by clicking the list icon located to the right of the Nike logo.
My Fitness Pal
- This app is great for people who–
- Want to hold themselves accountable by maintaining a healthy caloric intake
- Want to reach a goal weight
- People like me who like to eat and want to make sure calorie consumption matches up with caloric output (there are lots of features to the My Fitness Pal app, but this is the way that I like to use it)
- My favorite features–
- Pretty much any and every food from pretty much any and every restaurant is available in the app, and it’s pretty accurate
- If you want to hit a goal weight, you can customize a plan that works for you based on your current weight, how quickly you want to lose weight and how active you are
- Not only does it monitor caloric intake, it also monitors nutrition such as carbohydrate intake, sodium intake, protein, fat, etc.
- You can incorporate calories lost from exercise to get a more accurate reading of your intake vs output
Quick tip: one thing that could use improvement is the exercise feature–mostly because the app doesn’t track your heart rate when you’re exercising. The way that I log my activity so that I can account for calorie output is:
- I use my Apple Watch to track my calories burned during my workout
- I go into the My Fitness Pal app and I hit the ‘+’ sign and tap exercise
- I then tap “Cardio”
- I select Run
- Then, based on what my Apple Watch says I burned for any exercise I accomplished, I adjust my “Minutes Performed” number until the “Calories Burned” number matches what my Apple Watch said I burned during my workout.
Everyone has different needs and everyone’s level of fitness is different. Always do what makes you comfortable, but don’t be afraid to push yourself. I hope the new year brings all of you health and wellness.
Happy training! –Candice XOXO