Get In The Best Shape Of Your Life - And 10 Apps That Help You Do Just That

Get In The Best Shape Of Your Life - And 10 Apps That Help You Do Just That authorMarc

For some people it just comes naturally to be active, sportive and always on the move.

Others, me included, have the urge to become fit but often find excuses to not work out and be more active. I find that since we have a plethora of mobile apps that continually evolve and become better at motivating you, my personal fitness level has increased by a good amount.

Oftentimes I was working late hours, or had other things going on in my personal life that kept me busy. But since I started using apps in combination with other gadgets (For example the iWatch), I have a much easier time staying fit and reaching my personal fitness goals.

Today I want to introduce you to a couple of apps I've been using for a long time now, that really helped me a lot to shred pounds and overall achieve a good personal fitness despite my otherwise busy life.

I've also sprinkled in some apps I haven't been using personally, but friends of mine are and swear by them.

Hopefully these apps will help you too to get fitter, healthier and feel better. But of course, an app can do only so much, so motivate yourself and be active. It will pay off in you feeling better and healthier!

If you're then still up for it, also check out this list of the best fitness tracker apps for android & ios

They have some goodies in there, that I didn't know myself yet.

Freeletics: Workout, Fitness & Bodyweight Loss App

Freeletics: Workout, Fitness & Bodyweight Loss App

If you're looking to get in the best shape of your life, look no farther than this app. Skip the gym and all the expensive equipment and download this app. You'll be able to set fitness goals and tone up quickly. See a difference in a matter of weeks by following your personalized plan.

This app is unique because it gives you hundreds of workout routines that are customized just for you: your body type, your goals, and the kind of workouts you are inclined towards. Track your progress and hook up with the huge community of other users for encouragement.

Go premium and take things to the next level with personalized, one-on-one coaching that will help keep you motivated and accountable. Using nothing but your own bodyweight you can get in the best shape of your life.

This is my personal favorite, for the simple reason that the challenges are INSANELY hard. It can become a little frustrating in the beginning if you can't even finish a third of the repetitions but if you just work through it for weeks/months you will get a huge reward in the form of having extremely good cardio and strength built up. Freeletics doesn't just do that though, due to the really challenging nature of the workouts, it builds willpower as well. I can attest to that personally.

But be warned, it really, really is a hell of a workout.  

JEFIT Workout Tracker, Weight Lifting, Gym Log App

Jefit Workout Tracker, Weight Lifting, Gym Log App

If you're looking for an app that has tons of exercise ideas, this is one to check out. With over 1300 to choose from, this app will help keep things fresh. Workouts are varied from bodyweight only exercises to those using equipment, so there's something there for everybody.

Combine exercises to make yourself a customized workout plan. Save multiple plans and create a routine you're excited to do. Create goals for yourself based on things like pounds or inches to lose/gain, exercise minutes per week, and more. Get points and rewards as you progress, all while building your dream body.

There are tons of cool features that make the app more streamlined. From the ability to invite friends, to timers and other cool tools that will enhance your workouts, this is an app for all who want to become serious about their personal fitness.

Beachbody On Demand - The Best Fitness Workouts

Beachbody On Demand - The Best Fitness Workouts

Workouts from Beachbody have always been popular. Now you can get many of them, all at the touch of a button. With their app, you can download more than 600 complete workouts. Some will be familiar to you, old favorites. Others will be new and exciting, something to get you off the couch and into the gym or wherever you prefer to build your new body.

Videos can be downloaded, in high-quality HD, so you can watch them later. No more worrying about your internet connection going out on you, right in the middle of a tough move that makes your thighs burn. In addition to the hundreds of well-known videos available, there's also eating plans to pair with your workouts so you can transform your body as quickly as possible.

MyPlate Calorie Tracker

Myplate Calorie Tracker

Price: Free

If you're mainly looking for an app that will help you trim down by counting calories, this one is solid. There are thousands of foods you can input into the app. The process is quick and easy, and you can see much more than just calories. Curious about your macros? See them all by meal or day and track your progress. See which vitamins you need more of, and really get to know your strengths and weaknesses.

The app will keep track of everything for you, and even has a scanner for foods that have a barcode, making the entire process even more streamlined. Use it to make healthier food choices, whether you are trying to trim down and lose fat, or bulk up and gain muscle. Whatever your fitness goals, using this app to closely monitor your food intake can help you achieve them.

Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal

Calorie Counter - Myfitnesspal

This is the most popular calorie tracking app. With over 11 million foods in their database, it's easy to track what you're eating. Track macros and more, all while sticking to the goals that the app prompts you to set up. You can choose to lose weight, gain weight, or even maintain. Any goal and this app can help you meet it.

In addition to these features, you can easily create recipes instead of having to input each ingredient one at a time, over and over again. Import recipes from other sites as well to make tracking fast and easy.

Track exercise too, so you know how many calories you've burned. This is a great motivator and encourages both healthy eating and healthy movement of your body. This app has many users and you can make friends who have the same fitness and life goals that you do.

Personally, I like MyPlate more. MyFitnessPal isn't bad but I find that MyPlate is easier to handle for me at least and the UI is easier to navigate / faster to enter meals etc.

Google Fit: Health and Activity Tracking

Google Fit: Health And Activity Tracking

Price: Free

Google Fit is a great app if you're looking to improve your health more than your weight. Created with the guidance of the World Health Organization and the American Heart Association, this app is all about making every movement you make count, not just the few moments a day when you're really picking up the pace and exercising.

This works in a few ways. First of all, you get points for every movement you make, kind of like a pedometer. This can motivate you to make smarter choices in your day to day life, like parking farther from the store or taking the elevator. Secondly, you get heart points every time you move in a way that raises your heart rate, lowering your risk of heart-related disease. One point per minute of moderate exercise, like brisk walking, and two points per minute for more intense activities like jogging.

Zombies, Run! (Free)

Zombies, Run! (Free)

This is an exciting and fun free app for those who love running or those who want to get into it. If you're tired of the same old boring apps, you need to check this one out. Not only does the app track your runs for you, giving you routes to try and telling you how long you've run, the distance and the estimated caloric burn, you also get to save the world from zombies. Yeah. Zombies.

Through a mixture of your own music and a unique and exciting audio drama written by a novelist, you'll get to run from zombies in a post-apocalyptic civilization. Your exercise game will be taken to the next level. You'll work harder than ever, all while having the time of your life. On each run, you'll gain supplies to help build a civilization safe from these monsters. Power up and unlock the fun of Zombies, Run!

Sworkit Fitness: Workouts & plans made simple

Sworkit Fitness: Workouts & Plans Made Simple

This is an app that is for those who love variety in their workouts. There are tons of guided video workouts available, in every genre of workout imaginable. Whether you need something for cardio, strength training, or flexibility, this app has got you covered with tons of videos that showcase crisp, clear quality.

It's easy to search the database for what you need. There are customizable sliders that let you quickly find exactly what your body needs. Choose a difficulty level, length of workout as short as two minutes and as long as an hour plus, even choose which areas of the body you'd like to target. Tone up and get in the best shape you've ever been, one video at a time. With this much variety, you'll be good to go for years.

Stronglifts 5x5 - Weight Lifting & Gym Workout Log

Stronglifts 5X5 - Weight Lifting & Gym Workout Log

This app is specifically for those who wish to concentrate on gaining strength and muscle mass via weight-lifting. This app takes all the stress out of going to the gym by doing all the planning for you. With this system, you can gain muscle mass, burn more calories, and finally get the body & strength you've always wanted. The 5x5 is a proven system that has been around for a long time.

The app works by planning out three workouts for you per week. Each workout is designed to be about 45 minutes long, so you aren't stuck in the gym for over an hour. You are given three weight-training exercises to perform, and the amount of weight and reps you're intended to do. Track your stats as you get stronger and feel accomplished as your body is able to do more than you ever thought possible.

Flexibility Training & Stretching Exercise at Home

Flexibility Training & Stretching Exercise At Home

Price: Free

When people first start working out, they often overlook the importance of stretching. Stretching helps the body heal after exercise and gives you a greater range of motion. It doesn't take a lot of time, but it can be difficult to know where to start. That's where this app comes in.

With four pre-loaded routines for full body, upper body, lower body, and back, it's easy to hop on the app and get your stretching in for the day without much thought. Alternatively, you can create your own routines and save them to the system. Either way, with this app, your flexibility will improve and you'll get better results from your exercise routine.

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