It’s never too late to start getting in shape. Pardon the infomercial-like sound of that first sentence, but it’s the truth. There’s no reason to wait until new years, or to wait until next month. Just get to it. That’s what I did when I started getting fit, and it’s starting to pay off. My only real piece of advice is to just go for it.
Let’s take a look at some of the apps that will help you reach your goals.
All apps are free unless otherwise noted.
My Plate Calorie Tracker
It’s $2.99, but it’s a great way to keep track of everything you are consuming. Many of the foods you eat daily are available. If it’s not on the database, you can simply add it to your custom list. You create a daily caloric intake goal and follow it. You try to stay within that if you want to lose weight. Some of the reviews are negative, but it was the first app I used when working towards my fitness goal, and it’s always worked well for me. There is also a friendly community of users always willing to talk and offer encouraging words.
You can check it out here. ($2.99)
P90X for iOS
At $2.99, it’s not a bad app to add to your collection. If you already have P90X, it may not make a whole lot of difference, but if you are looking for it. This is one way to get it. Be warned, there are in-app purchases. This means that if you want all those additional workouts, you’re going to have to fork over the extra cash. It’s $59.99 for the full set. That’s still much less than the DVDs. This one is also more interactive and can track your progress.
It’s available here. ($2.99)
Cody has become one of my favorite fitness apps. It’s simple, and it’s motivating. Think of it as a fitness social network. You post your workouts and make friends and they are the friends that keep you motivated through the whole thing. For instance, I may post “Did abs and arms for one hour. 10 minute cardio warmup. Good stuff!” Others will cheer me on or like my workout. Little things like this make all the difference, even on those days you feel like giving up.
Download it here.
Lose it is a a diet app for iOS. One of the most important things about getting into shape is healthy eating. I once heard that if you aren’t eating properly, you are wasting your time. I’ve also heard that greats abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym. That is very true. Most people think diet is a bad word, but diet doesn’t mean eat less or starve yourself. It just means eat right. This app is designed to help you track your caloric intake and the nutrients you have consumed.
You can check it out here.
Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal
My Fitness Pal, like Lose It!, is designed to track your diet progress. Again, much of getting into shape is about proper nutrition and eating habits. This will help you achieve that. Just find a daily goal and stick with it. Eat, and keep your nutrient intake up. You’re good.
Get it here.
1000 Exercises by Men’s Health and Women’s Health
It’s pricier than the other apps at $5.99. If you’re looking for some workouts, this is a good start. It can help you at any step along the way, but I’ve found that apps such as this one help you get started. It’s important to learn proper form and technique as well as what works for you. That’s one of the hardest parts.
You can can download it here.
Fit Radio is an app that streams music to workout to. It’s designed in such a way so that you are motivated and pumped at the right times, and the heavier or faster songs come up when you need that extra mental push to keep yourself going. It’s $36 a year, or $3 month-to-month.
Get it here.
10 Minute Trainer Abs
Beach Body, the folks who make Insanity, P90X and 10-Minute Trainer offer an abs video as a free sample. It’s ten minutes of ab/core exercises. It’s not easy. Trust me. You can check it out here. It works on iPad and iPhone. You don’t even have to download it if you don’t want to. It works well as a stream, too.
7 Minute Workout:
This isn’t an app. It’s a browser-based workout. Luckily, it works on mobile devices. It can get intense. We’d say it’s about at a level 8 on a scale of 1-10 in terms of how brutal it gets. Trust us. It’s a workout.
It’s a tough commitment, but you can do it
I won’t lie. Getting in shape is tough. The first month is usually brutal. After that, you get used to it. It’s also important not to get discouraged. It’s easy to feel like you’re seeing no progress and decide to give up. Don’t. Just keep doing it. It shows after a while.