9 Fitness Tools to Get You Moving in the New Year
It’s a new year – which means new resolutions, new goals, and a new you. One of the most common new years resolution is to excerise more. Whether you’re trying to get healthier, or reach specific fitness goals, there’s a lot of new tech and apps that can get you moving in the right direction!
Not only are there thousands of apps out there, but there are at least hundreds if not thousands of fitness-related apps. From calorie counting, GPS tracking to motivation and community support the variety of these apps is wide to say the least. Fitness is such a personal thing that you’ve got to find out what works for you to be successful. It’s important to set reasonable goals and be diligent about maintaining them. To help the fitness enthusiasts and not-so fitness enthusiasts among us, we’ve pulled together some of the best fitness apps for you.
Endomondo’s free version is pretty robust with heart rate tracking, workout history and the ability to race against your friend’s time. With the pro version you can get personal training plans, weather info and heart rate zones in your workout summary. This app is ideal for tracking your distance activity.
2. Nike Training Club
Ladies, this app is for you. It allows you to choose individual workouts of varying length or you can select 4-week structured programs. You’ll have access to more than 100 workouts by Nike Master Trainers and celebrity athletes like Maria Sharapova. The individual workouts are 15, 30 and 45-minute sessions that don’t require equipment, so you can workout anywhere at any time.
3. Lose It!
It seems so simple, in order to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you take in. However, we all know that simplicity doesn’t equal easy. This is one of many free fitness apps that’s perfect if you’re looking for a calorie counter, but also includes additional features like custom weight loss plans and access to a food database. The important part about any calorie counter is that you are consistent and thorough in keeping track and this app makes that part easy.
4. Pocket Yoga
If something a bit more Zen is the way you choose to get your exercise, this app is perfect for you. You can choose custom difficulty levels and practice time, while getting detailed voice and visual instruction. You can also select music from your own library.
If you’re looking to get started with fitness and have a goal of completing a 5k, this is the app for you. You can choose your coach, log your workouts and get a discount for a 5k registration in your area. With programs that last just 20 to 30 minutes, you’ll be able to do a 5k by working out three times a week for 9 weeks following this program.
Fitness Tech and Tools
Check out these items which are all designed to help make exercise more convenient and effective!
6. Ab wheel
$14.99 from Amazon
It seems like the simplest thing in the world: a handle and a wheel. It’s amazing how effective this small tool can be, and it fits in almost any type of gym bag. Don’t have time to make it to the gym? You can use it at home, at the office, or just about anywhere.
7. Preserver Series Waterproof phone case by OtterBox
$89.95 from OtterBox
For those who are constantly on-the-go and need to remain connected at all times – don’t let water be a hinderance. Bring your phone into the pool with you using the new waterproof phone case from OtterBox: the Preserver Series. Available now for the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and Galaxy S4.
8. LifeProof Armband / Swimband
$49.99 from LifeProof
Music makes any workout better. Don’t get distracted worrying about your phone falling out of your pocket while you’re on the treadmill, or deal with the headphone wires getting pulled around: strap your phone to your arm and concentrate on getting the most out of your exercise.
9. Nike Fuelband
$149.00 from Nike
This wristband tracks all of your movements, and then compiles all of the data for you. It works around the clock, even tracking your sleep and the intensity of your workouts. It is the best way to gauge how much exercise you are getting in your average day.