Smart phones are everywhere all the time. They're either the greatest invention in the world, if you need to keep up to date with whatever is important to you or they're the worst, when work is trying to keep up to date with you on your time off.
It depends which way you look at it. There are some uses that the smart phone could have been invented for and that's your fitness. If your smart phone is not already you best gym buddy then check out these apps and what they can do for you.
Hard to get away from this one it's the daddy of all fitness apps. For iPod, iPhone or Android, a pair of Nike+ shoes, and the Nike + iPod Sensor. Put the sensor in your Nike+ shoe — there’s a pocket for it under the insole. iPod touch and iPhone 3GS or later have built-in support for Nike +, so there's no need for a receiver. As you run, your iPod or iPhone tells you your time, distance, pace, and calories burned. And it gives you feedback at the halfway point and in the final lead-up to your goal, as well as the details of your workout when you’re done.
Like Nike+ it gives you accurate readings of distance run, calories burned, tracks your speed and route, while offering encouragement at halfway point and towards the end of your run. After running check your exact route at runkeeper.com and there's an optional link to social media. Whereas Nike+ is only for runners, Runkeeper Pro is equally useful for cyclists, skiers,
Your virtual personal trainer that can give you thousands of different workout plans. You can choose your own soundtrack and get the instructions over it. You can choose to work on any part of your body, or work on cardio, flexibility... There's no expensive gym equipment needed with thousands of equipment free workouts available. Especially good for High Intensity Interval Training.
'Couch to 5K' is the perfect app for beginners who want to get off the couch and get to regularly doing 5 K runs. A nine-week course comprising of 3 sessions a week of 30-40 minute sessions is designed to get you from a standing still position into the running world.
The highest rated fitness app on Android it's a motivator and fitness social network so your failure are made oh so public.... but so are you successes and that's what keeps you going. The Endomundo community is over 11,000,000 strong and growing.
A handy app which acts like a pedometer which accurately tracks your steps, distance and average speed throughout the day. If you can't make it to the gym this is perfect for motivating you to squeeze more out of your day. The counter automatically stops when you do and restarts again when you do. Ideal for young mums who don't have the time to work out of people who work on their feet such as barmen and waiters.
Puts the 'fun' back in run. Following on from the success of the original Zomies, Run! Nothing makes you run like the fear of zombies and this is a series of different games that make you run while you have to achieve certain goals to get to the next level.
This is a fitness and nutrition app in one. Counting calories is such a pain, but this app has a library of food products and brands that you can touch to indicate that you've eaten it. The best thing about this app is you can see results immediately and not have to wait until the end of the week to see a miniscule bump on the scales.
This is a serious fitness app for the serious fitness fanatic, with over 200 workouts to chooses from the app can pick and chose a bespoke programme especially for you. With over 2,0000 images and videos, five fitness timers, complete tracking capabilities, an arsenal of calculators and the ability to ask their exercise physiologist a personal question, it's one of the pricier apps on the market, but well worth. You will not need any other fitness app.
The highest rated yoga app we could find, probably because of the fact that it's free. Ok there are no bells and whistles and the 'packaging' has something to be desired but this is yoga were talking about, so the wholesome, plain feel of the app suits us just fine. After all your intense fitness workouts, relax and unwind with yoga.