With the festive season fast approaching, we thought that it’s a good time to get into shape; check out the top 10 iPhone apps that can improve your fitness and slim down in time for Christmas! And, here is the complete list of best iPhone apps.
This is one of the most popular apps for tracking your daily diet and fitness goals. Keep track of your calorie intake with a database of over 625,000 food and restaurant items. You can also record the calories you burn with a database of exercises that take into account your personal measurements. For weight loss, Calorie Tracker helps you to set weight management goals and checks specific dietary needs such as protein and fiber.
This app makes it easy to track your exercise. It uses the GPS technology in your iPhone to track how far you go, how fast you go, and the route that you take when walking, running, biking, or even rollerblading. You can easily track your progress, totals, and split times. You can even set up audio cues as you work out to coach you through a workout or help you reach a target pace.
Think of iMuscle as your workout companion. You can identify a body part or individual muscle that you want to exercise on a 3D-image of a human body, then access exercises to develop that muscle or muscle group. There are over 450 exercises to choose from with tips and hints for each. You can also create a custom work-out.
If you don’t have time to take a yoga class or the money for a gym membership, this app teaches you yoga poses and routines to do on your own. It includes voice instructions, videos, and peaceful music to make your routine more enjoyable and inspiring.
For those who think they need a personal trainer to work out, Nike has designed an app to get you going. With over 60 custom-built workouts, including five from professional athletes, this app will help motivate you and exercise your whole body. If you meet your fitness goals, you can even get reward workouts from Rhianna’s personal trainer.
This app comes from GoSwim, the company that has produced several instructional swimming DVDs and a successful website featuring professional swimmers. The free app offers multiple drills for the four strokes, along with tips for starts and turns. You can also receive weekly inspiration and swimming news, as well as interact with other swimmers around the world.
Perhaps you already frequent the gym but you need an app to keep track of your fitness routine. Gym Buddy assumes you already know how to do a bench press. Instead, it will allow you to record your workouts with reps, time, weights, and other notes. It features countdown timers, personal data tracking, and calendars to help you record your workout efficiently.
8. BeatBurn Treadmill/Outdoor Trainer – App updated 20 October, 2011, Price $3.99, Developed by lolo
If you enjoy listening to music to keep you going during your workout, then BeatBurn might become your workout DJ. This app chooses songs from your iPod to match the BPM for your chosen workout and gives you the option to crank it up or slow down when you need to. It also includes an interactive personal trainer to coach you through an interval workout.
Cyclemeter was made specifically for those who enjoy road and/or mountain biking. It tracks rides and records time, distance, elevation, and speed with GPS technology and saves this information so that you can improve your time on a ride you took before or plan a more difficult ride.
You probably didn’t expect to see an app devoted to sleep on this list, but getting a good night’s sleep is key to performing your best during the day. Along with basics like an alarm clock and ambient music, this app helps you track the amount of sleep you get and other factors such as caffeine consumption and exercise.
Sarah Charles owns and manages her own exercise education site Exercise Science Degree. She considers herself to be a fitness guru and enjoys writing articles about staying healthy and fit.