Top 9 Fitness and Exercise Apps to Get You in Shape

Apr 24, 2014 apple, exercise, fitness, 0 Comments
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It’s spring, and before you know it, summer will be here, along with pool parties and beachwear. What you need to do is get in shape — fast! We have the top fitness and exercise apps that can help you do just that.

9 Exercise Apps to Help You Get Fit

Whether you just need to tone, or have major pounds that you need to lose, these are the top exercise apps to get you into shape.

Spotify

Okay, I know what you are going to say, Spotify is a music app, not a fitness or exercise app, and technically you are right — except who can stick to any serious exercise or fitness routine without the appropriate soundtrack? Similar to Pandora, this music app is free, but does subject users to ads on the screen.

An upgraded, ad free version is available for $9.99 a month, and it allows you to download and play back music offline, with no contracts or commitments. It’s available on Android and Apple devices, as well as your tablet or computer. The app allows you to easily search millions of titles and thousands of artists for your favorite music, create playlists, and save music for playback later. Maintain your motivation and work out in silence no more. Try it and see how quickly those inches and pounds melt away as you exercise to your favorite tunes and beats.

NFL PLay 60

What’s better than losing weight, getting in shape and possibly getting into your favorite pair of shorts or jeans by summer? How about some free NFL Team Gear? This free app was created in partnership with the American Heart Association and the NFL and is compatible with iPad 2, iPhone 4S, iPod 5, and newer models. Download the game, carry your device while you run, and jump, run and turn to move the game’s avatar and earn coins that can be redeemed for free NFL team themed gear.

Stacked

This iPhone, iPad and iPod compatible app is just like having a personal trainer in your pocket and, unlike having a personal trainer on hand, it’s free. Regardless of one’s fitness level, this fitness and exercise app can help anyone make the transition from couch potato to fitness buff.

The app has three customized workout levels Basics, FITting In, and Stacked. These three levels take you from the beginner’s level, which is appropriate for those with a sedentary lifestyle, to workouts for those with a medium fitness level and finally a pro level, which is perfect for bodybuilders and those who are quite familiar with hardcore training and difficult workouts on a regular basis. The app also gives users diet challenges and other milestones to help motivate as they progress in fitness.

Hot5

The worst thing about this free app is that it is currently only available on the iPhone. The cool thing about it is that it provides users access to countless modern, up-to-date fitness videos that are just five minutes long, but clearly demonstrate a wide variety of fitness and exercise routines. Users can learn the best moves to build their abs, strengthen their core, increase their flexibility or learn various yoga poses and Pilates moves. The videos are available for all levels, from novice to fitness guru and using the mix and match feature you can string several videos together and craft your own fitness regimen.

RunKeeper

Have you heard the old saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” The developers of this established fitness and exercise app took that adage to heart. This tried and true app is free, compatible with iPhone and Android platforms, and allows users to track their running, walking or biking sessions using the device’s GPS, and also provides audible coaching by providing updates on your time, distance and pace in real time.

Tribesports

This free app is compatible with iOS and Android Platforms. It’s similar to RunKeeper in that it uses GPS to track your running, walking and cycling time, but it also lets you manually enter and track other activities, such as weightlifting, yoga sessions and more.

Argus

This is another free, iOS compatible app and it is tracking you, literally. Wonder how many steps you’ve taken, how much you slept during the week, or how many sips of water you’ve had in the last 30 minutes or 30 days? This app can tell you as it monitors and records every move that you make and helps you by keeping track of your diet and exercise routines, as well as notifying you of trends in your health that you might not have noticed.

Human

This free iOS compatible app is perfect if you just want to tone up a bit or sneak in a bit more activity in each day. It tracks every movement that you make that is sustained for more than a minute at a time, and then lets you know when you’ve been physically active for 30 minutes in one day. So, where you like to hop, skip, jump, walk, run or dance, this app is perfect to encourage users to get up and get moving.

Noom

Noom is another free fitness and exercise app that’s been around for a while — it even made our 2013 list of Great Fitness Apps for Your Phone. What is great about this app is that it gives you nearly everything in one package. You can track the calories that you’ve consumed and burned, track your activities, set goals, receive reminders to keep you motivated and more. Versions include Noom Weight for both Android and iOS, Noom Walk and Noom Cardio for Android and an upgraded pro version that provides real-time feedback and guidance to help you to get in shape faster and easier.

Of course, there are other fitness apps that can help anyone get in shape, regardless of the time of year. What do you think of our list? Have you tried any of the fitness and exercise apps on our list? Let us know in the comments section if we missed any of your favorite apps that can help others get in shape.


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Lyn Brooks

Lyn Brooks is a diverse freelance writer with over a decade of experience in the electronics industry. Her articles have appeared in Digital Landing, Stack Media, and various Yahoo! channels. The current focus of her writing is in the areas of tech, personal finance and travel. Brooks is also working on a series of novels in the science fiction genre with an expected publication date in 2014.

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