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5 Free Apps to Help you Get Fit

I’ve recently made a commitment to running again. I used to love running regularly & always challenged myself to improve. The only problem was I got caught up in excuses too tired, not the right shoes, no running case and so on. Until I just started running again & dropped all excuses. That said I thought I’d compile a list of apps that can help you get fit. Keyword is help as at the end of the day these apps are here to motivate, inspire, assist, and log your physical fitness activities. You still got to pick in the leg work.

All the apps mentioned are completely free to use in some cases may have a paid subscription or upgrade option. Additionally most apps on the list are available across Android & iOS If not some alternatives will be linked out to.

 

1- RunKeeper (iOS/Android)

IMG_5743   RunKeeper takes the first spot as its been the app I’ve always used to track all my running related workouts since I discovered it in 2009. RunKeeper is cross platform & offers a great way to track your workouts & set goals to help motivate you. Additionally it has a great feature that lets you track your friends & use them as sense of motivation. Never underestimate the art of competition. You can log all sorts of activities with RunKeeper. Use it as a log tracker or let it actually record your events, with GPS tracking the app creates great workout summaries with maps, diagnostics, and other information all included.

 

 

2-Momentum (iOS)

momentum-habit-tracker1   Now this app is a simple yet effective one & while it doesn’t limit itself to fitness its still very useful. Cause at the end of the day fitness really comes down to forming habits. Momentum allows you simply set a habit & tap every day/interval when you’ve accomplished said habit. The idea here is to not break the chain. So whether its a small workout, run, or what have you. You get visual feedback of habits your forming & the idea being this will help you keep the momentum going forward. However feel free to use it for all sorts of things. Days since you’ve quit smoking, Read for an hour every day, etc. Alternative for you Android users is “HabitBull

 

 

 3-CalorieCounter (iOS/Android)

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 3.16.55 PM   For those of you who are watching your diet & want to count your calories easily this is the app to get. CalorieCounter is tied with the MyFitnessPal network & is one of the fastest and easiest counters. Literally taking a lot of the manual work out with the ability to scan your foods barcodes to automatically import nutritional info with 5 million+ food already in their database. Another great addition to the app is its support for HealthKit on iOS so it interacts well with other apps as well.

 

 

 

4-Fitness Buddy (iOS/Android/Windows Phone)

IMG_5745   Fitness Buddy offers a ton of different exercises & routines for novices to advanced users. There is a free version with over 400+ workouts while it also features a subscription service for $4.99 a month or $30.00 for the whole year you get access to premium programs, playpen freeplay workouts, and HD video material. With over 1,700+ exercises in its library you’re bound to find something that fits your needs and skill level. Aside from the exercises themselves the app is packed with many other features like the Sonicast system which allows you to easily share workout/routines with friends and other app users.

 

 

 5- 7 Minute Workout (iOS)

IMG_5746The Wahoo Fitness acquired app 7 minute workout is great for those who may just be getting started or just feel they don’t have much time to workout. Everyone has 7 minutes in their day to spare & this app gives you a intense workout all of which can be done at home in an open space in 7 minutes. A super simple user interface & fully guided workout built with information on proper form to carry out the workout. Take a little time out of your day to ultimately contribute a lot of health benefits & stay in shape with this short but effective workout.
A great Android Alternative can be found here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That wraps up the five free fitness apps that you can use alone or in conjunction with one another to contribute to a healthier & overall better lifestyle. However at the end of the day you can have all the apps in the world what it comes down to is the drive & first step to getting fit. Be it a walk or run, small workout here & there, or starting with those small habits & improving over time. Shoot for progress not perfection.

Overview: Hearthstone for iPhone

Blizzard’s popular digital collectible card game Hearthstone has made its way to mobile phones. You can now play Hearthstone on both Android & iOS phones. Previously it was available for tablet devices with a bigger screen size.

Nowadays with smartphones growing in screen size this makes playing the card game much more convenient on the go.

Video Overview:

 

You can download the smartphone versions here

Android & iOS

 

The mobile hearthstone game works ideally on bigger devices however still is very intuitive on the touch screen devices. Players can log in with their standard battle.net address or create an all new login for new players. Your cards, decks, and ranks will all be available in the mobile app. You have the ability to play all game modes be it standard, arena, or deck customizations.  Overall the game runs fluidly & feels all to familiar for traditional players. Surely updates will improve the performance & bugs as time goes on.

Grab Hearthstone today & enjoy it on the go and on your smartphone!

Periscope Overview: Twitter’s Live Streaming App

Video Overview:

Periscope was purchased by Twitter several months ago for $100 mllion & was going to be their entry into the livestreaming space. The company officially released the mobile app yesterday to the public for iOS users. This comes at a time where live streaming & social network integration has become a big thing with competing services like Meerkat.

The idea behind Periscope is to see the world through someone else’s eyes. The application is a mixture of livestreaming & the social network Twitter integration. Combining socializing & sharing to the world whatever it is your seeing.

Periscope’s app has a very polished & clean look to it. Compared to its counterpart Meerkat the app features a much more complete & native experience. From streaming to viewing other streams Periscope offers a great UI.

The app features the ability to:

  • Live Stream to your followers (private stream) or public stream w/external or front facing camera
  • Chat with your stream viewers/streamer (Built into the app) Unlike Meerkat which carries the conversation through Twitter
  • Tap to “Heart” the stream
  • Save your stream as a “Replay” feature for others to watch later

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Your account is based off your Twitter account so you automatically have the option to follow your exisitng followers who have Periscope acconts. Live streaming has been around for quite a few years now & is nothing new. However the integration on the mobile end allows users to share their moments live with their own social following. Creating an interactive experience thats easy to turn on/off. Apps like Periscope or Meerkat are paving the way to make live streaming a social norm.

That said we’ll have to wait to see how Twitter continues to integrate Periscope within their already popular social network & how it’ll stack up to Meerkat overtime.

 

Download Persicope for iOS (Coming for Android soon)

Review: Layout from Instagram

Instagram has released yet another app in the photo/video tool space to acommpany their social network. Previously they released Hyperlapse their stop motion tool & today they’ve released Layout. As the name entails its a photo collage based app, making it easy to upload multiple photos in one to your Instagram or across the web.

 

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Focusing on simplicity & ease of use controls.

Download Layout for iOS (Coming for Android soon)

You can view our full video review down below:

The app in itself features a very simple interface thats easy to use & navigate. Compared to other layout based apps I’ve used it has the most inuitive design from swapping photos, adjusting sizes, and more. However it is lacking in some areas as well. To break down here are the pros/cons

 

PROS:

  • Simple Interface
  • Instagram Friendly Resolutions
  • Supports up to 9 Photos
  • Built in Photo Booth

Cons:

  • Lack of “Undo” button

 

These line of apps have been something Instagram/Facebook has been focusing on to keep the tools & experience in-house. Rather than incorporating these features into Instagram they’ve made completley dedicated apps to solve these solutions then tie back into Instagram. As of now this will replace my default collage app based on the UI experience alone. Grab your copy for iOS today for free!