Friday, 13 March 2015

Apps To Get Fit



I used to be a really healthy girl about 3 years ago. I went for 5k runs three or four times a week, went to the gym regularly and was just getting in to pole dancing. I maybe didn't have the best diet, but I tried to keep it healthy with smoothies, salads and soups. Fast forward to this past year or so and I've crashed and burned, hardly exercising and eating junk food a few times every single week. Needless to say, I didn't keep the same body shape and have since put on a bit of weight. I kept trying to get back on the health wagon, but never quite got there. It's now at the point that I have visible back fat rolls (yup, very attractive!) so, with the help of Scott, I'm trying my hardest to get back into my old, healthy lifestyle!

So far I've done pretty well, going for a run most days, doing a little bit of yoga, self weight exercises and stretches as well as eating more healthily - I even turned down a beloved Dominos! - and starting to get to grips with portion control. There are a few apps that have made it really easy to keep on track, so I decided to write a little post for any of you looking to get a little help on your way to being healthy!



The main app I use is probably the most popular, My Fitness Pal. You type in your height, weight, how active you are and how much you aim to gain/lose per week. The app will give you a daily calorie limit and you can add food, exercise and water to track your daily intake. At the end of the day, the app will give you a rough estimate of what you will way in 5 weeks. It's a great app to track food, as you become more aware of what you're eating every day. It also has a built in pedometer to keep track of how many steps you take and how much you work off through steps. 



For running, I use quite a few different apps. The main app I've been using to get myself back into running is Run 5k. It is a 8 week programme with 3 runs per week. Each has a 5 minute warm up and cool down and intervals of running and walking to slowly build up your stamina. It's great if you're new to running, or like me, struggle to run a full 5k after time off. There are a few settings for measuring your run. For example, I set it to tell me my time and pace every kilometre. At the end of the run, a tick appears on that day and there is a little sentence telling you the distance and average pace of that run.



The other app I use to track my run is Nike Running. It tracks your run, giving you updates on your distance, time and speed, lets you see your running route and where you ran fastest/slowest and gives you an overall average of all your runs on the homepage. I haven't used this so much since I've downloaded Run 5k, but it'll be good to use to keep track once I finish Run 5k! You can also write a note at the end of the run on how you did, which I like as I can go back and see if I struggled as well as why I was struggling.



The last app I use for running is Zombies, Run! I got this app waaay back when it first came out and instantly fell in love. I'm a little obsessed with zombies so this app is perfect for me. I mean, what could motivate you more on a run than getting chased by zombies?! There's a main story line and each run is an episode, with voice overs after every song or two. As you run you randomly pick up supplies which can be used to build your town and start to learn more about the current situation and how you got there. You can also set it to give you "zombie chases" where you hear zombies in the background and have to run faster to escape them. I think I could spend all day talking about this app, but if you love running and love zombies, definitely give it a go!


The last app I use is for the days when it's too windy to run outside (I live next to the beach so I honestly do find the wind a massive struggle!) and I can't be bothered trekking to the gym. It's called "Workouts" and I go for the full body version. You can set your workout to a specific area or to full body, as well as if it lasts for 10, 20 or 30 minutes. The app gives you self weight and dumbbell exercises, with a short gif. and instructions to make sure you know what you're doing. When I downloaded this I didn't have high hopes, but it is actually quite tough and gives you enough variety that you don't get bored.

Which apps do you use to get healthy? Will you be trying any of these?


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  1. thank you for sharing this, you should add to your list bodeefit and sworkit, those are great too.
    x,Abril

    The Color Palette

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    1. Oooh, I shall give them a look now! I'm always on the hunt for more fitness apps!

      Hannah
      x

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  2. great info its really hard to find a good app like that

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  3. I've never used apps but I will download these you are suggesting!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Love, Valeria, Coco et la vie en rose fashion blog

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    1. I love anything that gets me motivated haha, these apps do the trick!

      Hannah
      x

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