By Elise Moreau
There are some very interesting and advanced apps that have recently been released, which all do some pretty amazing things to help people stay on track with their diet and fitness regimes.
Since healthy eating and exercise should be a long-term lifestyle commitment, it’s no secret that we could all use a little help to keep us on track when times get tough. Here are 10 groundbreaking new diet and fitness apps that will keep you motivated and help you achieve your goals as soon as possible. All of them are available on the iTunes App Store for free.
If you have a hard time getting to the gym, GymPact may bring all the motivation you may need to get yourself off the couch and on the treadmill. With GymPact, you are required to pledge working out for a certain number of times per week. GymPact tracks your workouts by location-based software, requiring you to check-in at your gym when you get there. If you fulfill all your workouts, you can earn money. If you don’t, you lose money, costing you whatever the amount you pledged when you first signed up. (GymPact requires you to enter your credit card information upon sign-up, which charges you the amount you pledge if you miss a gym workout.)
Don’t even think about cheating with a drive-by check-in! GymPact tracks your location for at least 30 minutes after you check-in. So if you’re motivated by the thought earning a little extra money to help pay for your gym membership, GymPact would be a stellar app choice for you.
Next time you go grocery shopping, get ready to use the Fooducate app for iPhone. Named the best Health & Wellness app of 2011 by the iTunes App Store, the Fooducate app uses your iPhone’s camera to scan the barcodes of food products and returns grades based on the product’s ingredients and nutritional components. For example, one brand of bread may be graded with a C- due to refined flour, while another type of bread may be graded at an A- for including whole wheat flour. You can also search for food products by name or category within the app, see product highlights (good and bad) or compare products so you can choose healthier alternatives.
The GAIN Fitness app creates a totally personalized workout plan for you based on the expertise of real, certified trainers. People who don’t have the money to hire actual personal trainers, work demanding jobs, travel a lot or have irregular schedules could really benefit from an app like this. The app comes with over 700 workout activities including strength training, plyometrics, calisthenics, yoga and custom-tailored workouts. In addition, the app looks great on the iPhone and the user interface is relatively easy to use for almost anybody wanting to get started right away with it.
This app is ideal for those who like to log all their food and activities when working to achieve health goals. You can set your daily calorie target, which updates itself automatically as you log meals and snacks in the app. Log all of your food, water, workouts, and extra activities on the go, even if you’re offline. Choose from foods and activities stored in the database or add your own custom entries. If you already have an account of the Fibit website, all the information you enter on the app will automatically be synced up with your web account for your convenience.
If running is your thing, you might be surprised by what the RunKeeper iPhone app can really do in terms of tracking your runs and creating an entire health and wellness plan for you. Instead of purchasing an expensive GPS watch, RunKeeper gives you comparable results completely free of charge. The Health Graph integrates a variety of health factors like GPS tracking, Wi-Fi body scales, heart rate tracking, sleep monitoring devices, eating habits, workout activities and even social interaction with other users to help you track and better understand how your health and fitness choices can impact your goals.
The Nike Training Club app creates a personalized workout for you and teaches you different exercises using a combination of photos, videos and print instructions. The app requires you to choose your workout goals and then selects an appropriate workout regime for you. For example, you may want to focus on particular muscle groups in terms of strength and toning. The app will then select the best exercises that target those areas. As you persist through your workout regime with the help of the Nike Training Club app, you can earn points to gain access to additional workouts as well as recipes. You can also configure your workouts to run with your music library and create a log to track your progress.