Trying to get fit or stay in shape in college is a difficult task. But, no matter how you choose to exercise, technology can do some of the heavy lifting. Here are four of the best apps to keep you healthy and active:
If finding time to go to a gym is a problem, the 7 Minute Workout Challenge app is for you! Workout anywhere and anytime with this award-winning fitness app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. All you need is a chair and a wall.
The program tells you what to do and for how long. It even provides video demonstrations to guarantee proper form. The 7 Minute Workout Challenge app tracks your performance over time, so you’ll know exactly how much progress you have made. If you can do basic exercises such as push-ups, jumping jacks, and planks, you can build a better you – seven minutes at a time!
Have you always wanted to do some distance running but not sure how to prepare? Let Couch to 5K be your guide. The app offers a nine-week guide that only requires you to run three times a week. One of the available training coaches from the app will tutor you on how to build up your leg strength and endurance.
In roughly two months, you’ll be physically ready to run 3.1 miles and at a respectable pace! The programmers designed Couch to 5K for gradual improvement instead of a quick fix. Be patient and willing to work at its pace and not your own.
People who are serious about getting and staying in shape are likely to own wearables, and the most popular of those is the Fitbit. With FitRPG, you can turn your Fitbit data into a character that can fight your friends, battle bosses, and go on quests using the steps, distance, and sleep tracked by your Fitbit! You effectively combine your favorite wearable with an app readily available on new and affordable iPhones on a reliable network to give yourself double the encouragement to exercise. Take fitness to another level, literally.
Ostensibly a calorie counter for people who want to track their food, Lose It! also rewards users by providing incentives to live a healthy lifestyle. By tracking your level of exercise each day, the app alerts you to the number of calories you have burned. It also offers badges for healthy behavior such as working out for several days in a row. If you want to become more active and reach a goal weight, the Lose It! app provides the perfect combination of food tracking and achievable exercise goals.
If you’re trying get fit or stay in shape in college, your smart phone is your best friend. Download the above four apps, and you’ll be entertained as well as physically stimulated.
About the author: JT Ripton is a freelance writer out of Tampa, FL, who lives for TED talks and loves being inspired by all of the incredible people out there who motivate him to be a better person in all facets of life.