Considering that most of us are glued to our phones nowadays, and will likely go into panic mode if our phones are not by our side 24/7, why not allow our phone apps to enhance our lifestyles too?
It's only a matter of time before this tech-loving generation is relying on the latest gadgets to aid them in achieving a healthier lifestyle, so why not make it fun to be fit and check out these 7 apps that can help us all stay healthy (plus, they're FREE!)
1. Couch to 5K
If you've never ran more than the distance required to catch the bus, and the thought of the 2.4km run portion of NAPFA test makes you want to vomit, then this app is for you. Couch to 5K, or C25K, aims to take couch potatoes and slackers off their butts and slowly whip them up into shape so they can successfully complete a 5km run without passing out halfway through.
The time period for this sitting-to-running evolution is 2 months, and what I like best about this app is that there's an active, supportive community of people who are taking part (or have took part) in the program available online to share tips and cheer one another on.
2. 7 Minute Workout
The idea behind the 7 minute workout is to use your body weight to create exercises that build strength and endurance, all in the comforts of your home. That's right, no need for fancy equipment or a gym membership to get that toned body fit for Siloso beach!
The app functions as a High Intensity Interval Training countdown timer. Simply follow the instructions and perform each exercise at a high-intensity effort for 30 seconds. When the timer goes off, move on to the next exercise and so on. The workout is a mix of dynamic as well as static exercises such as planking for 30 seconds, so by the end of 7 minutes, you should have broken out into a sweat. If you're looking for more of a challenge, the workout can be repeated 2-3 times.
3. Zombies, Run
If you already find running a great way to de-stress, unwind, and keep fit, congratulations, my friend. Why not up the challenge by turning your run into an epic adventure? One of my personal favourites, Zombies, Run! is an immersive running game where every run is a mission to escape zombies and collect supplies to grow your base back home in order to survive.
The audio stories are dramatic and exciting, and the best part is that you can set the app to play songs from your own playlist, so you get to run to your own running mixes.
4. Map My Fitness
Another app for the running junkies! Map My Fitness is a handy tool if you happen to be on an overseas trip with family or with school, and you want to check out the sights by going for a jog. The app will find the best and most convenient running routes in the city that you are currently in, so you get to try out interesting routes that runners from all over the world recommend. (Fun fact: The most popular running route in Singapore is in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve)
The app also syncs easily to other fitness apps like Nike+ and MyFitnessPal so you can easily keep track of your kms and calories burned seamlessly by letting technology work for you.
5. Plant Nanny
Plant Nanny helps you to stay hydrated throughout the day by tracking your daily water intake. There's tons of water tracking apps out there but this one turns it into a game. Drinking a glass of water at an allotted time in the day will help your plant grow from a seed into a fully bloomed flower, and oh my goodness, look how adorable those plants are!
You can choose the size of the glass of water to consume each time but my suggestion would be 8 glasses of 177ml/6 oz water to keep you well hydrated and energised every day.
If you've ever felt lost as a lamb at the gym over what kinds of weights to use or how long you should rest between reps, StrongLifts will help answer those questions. The app focuses on weight training with weights and barbells by introducing a weight training newbie in performing just 5 types of barbell lifts per week: the deadlift, squat, bench press, overhead press, and bent-over row.
It's a 3-day-per-week program that uses 2 different workouts alternated throughout the week, with a rest day between each training day. So you'll get to learn different types of weight training exercises, while allowing your muscles to adapt to the various workouts without overstraining them.
7. Virtual Runner
If you've ever felt that running on the treadmill is similar to running on a hamster wheel, and you're bored of the repetitive motion, Virtual Runner can help to create a fun simulative environment for your run.
The app uses virtual reality and high-def videos of different scenes in exotic locations to make it seem like you're running in that location. From New York Central Park to Niagara Falls, it's a fun way to convince yourself that running is actually pretty exciting.
The only downside to this is that you'll have to take along a tablet to prop up against the treadmill as the simulation loses its appeal on a mobile phone.