Weaponising Your Smartphone for Fitness

November 16, 2016

 

All the top Apps and tech to turn your phone into a fitness fighter! Forget about buying a smart watch, fitness tracker wristband or other gadgetry. Your smartphone, headphones and the right app are all you need! 

 

Fit Men Cook

Fitness is a lifelong journey and I could not imagine a life of eating boring, bland food just to be healthy.  Now more than ever, I firmly believe that healthier food options do not have to be boring. Ever. In fact, they are pretty tasty.  And even better, the lifestyle change worked. Good health is 70% nutrition and 30% made in the gym. This app gives you, recipes, shopping lists, nutrition guides, BMI calculators and more. taking the stress out of knowing what and how to fuel your body.

 

Get Running

 

Ever wanted to be a runner? Jogger? Do parkrun and not think that summiting Everest would be easier? Well this is the foundation, an app I have became best friends with. The app is a 9 week program, running 30 mins, 3 times a week. Starting with light walks and adding in ever longer runs until you can run non-stop for 30 minutes. Based on the wildly successful C25K program, this does it all for you and lets you listen to your music while running too. Can be done outside or on a treadmill. Win, win.

 

Push-Up Pro

Never been able to do more than 5 push ups? Prepare to astonish yourself! Building up too 100 pushups in one go. One 15 minute session three times a week and your strength and muscle stamina will increase dramatically. One word of caution, many overdo it and injure their wrists with this program. Always maintain good form and use a gym mat or press up stands to prevent injury. 

 

Zombies, Run

Need a little more motivation when you're out running? How about having to outrun zombies? In this app you are "Runner 5", a lone runner sent out on missions by his "township". Along the way collecting items, listening to radio broadcasts and evading zombies who chase your phones GPS so they CAN catch you! Complete missions, find stragglers and try to solve various mysteries...like who shot your helicopter down and began all this? and is there a cure for the zombie curse?

A great app that really adds a new and engrossing aspect to your run. loaded with bonus games and extra features. 

 

MapMyRun

 A great and easy way to digitally log your run routes, times etc. However we found it most useful as a guide to finding new runs. Whether you've just moved city or you're travelling with business, this app will give you running routes that other users have done. A great way to find a new route, log times and share circuits you've done.

 

 

PayAsYou Gym 

Gone are the days when you needed a 12 month subscription to a gym. Now you can pay as you go. This app has a directory of over 2,500 gyms in the UK, for as little as £2.50 for a day pass...that's pretty reasonable. Great if you travel for work or just like a one off visit to a gym to supplement your home workout routine. Various "passes" are available, from day tickets , 5 day passes or monthly subscriptions. All instantly cancellable if you move on. A great way to try new gyms. 

 

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