Most of us won’t complain if the numbers on the scale start to show some downward trends—and some of us are trying hard to achieve weight goals. It’s no secret that the best achievements take time and hard work. But it can be tough to find the time to do what you know you need to, and going to the gym can sometimes end up being just another dreadful task on the to-do list.
Still, we push ourselves to do it because treadmills and ellipticals can be helpful for shedding those stubborn pounds and tracking your progress. And measuring and tracking progress is an important aspect that can help you stick to your fitness routine.
Enter, the fitness app.
As technology advances, so do our means of better health. Fitness apps are quickly becoming the go-to method for not only measuring and tracking fitness goals, but for everything from personal training and calculating steps to meditation and meal prepping. So whether you’re hitting the gym or heading to the trails, a fitness app can quickly become your best friend.
Here are 7 of the most top fitness apps that are trending right now.
Couch to 5k
The Couch to 5k app has helped thousands of people get up from the couch to train for and complete their first 5k. The app provides an easy training plan for beginning runners who can transform themselves from couch potato to runner in just 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week. Couch to 5k allows beginning runners to run at their own pace, track and share their progress and connect with a supportive running community—all while keeping motivated with an interactive fitness coach.
Counting calories has never been so easy with the MyFitnessPal app. The app, which was acquired by Under Armour in 2015 for $475 million, allows users to track their daily food intake against the amount of exercise done for the day. The best part? The app is easy and free and is a great way to lose weight, since you are able to log both your food intake and amount of exercise all in one place.
It’s not an uncommon fact that we all are in need of better sleep. The Sleep Cycle app sleep tracker and alarm clock serves two purposes. Once you place your smartphone on your pillow, the app begins tracking your sleep and collecting your movements throughout the night. The app wakes you gently at the ideal time based on your sleep phase, up to 30 minutes prior to the desired time you set. Once awake, you can take a look at the detailed graph charts of your sleep progress throughout the night.
What if every mile you ran, walked or biked mattered for more than your fitness goals alone? Charity Miles is a fitness app that donates money to the charity of your choice as you do your thing. The app is easy to use: download the app, pick a charity to donate toward and start your workout. Each type of exercise amasses a different amount of money. Running and walking earns 25 cents per mile and biking earns 10 cents per mile. After you exercise, your work is done—and the money goes directly to the charity you chose.
How many times have you had every intention of eating healthy for lunch, but by the time lunch came, you grabbed the most fattening, highest calorie foods in sight? The MealPal app prevents that from happening. MealPal is an easy food ordering app that allows its users to order food from over 100 different restaurants and pick it up the same day before 10:00am. The app ensures that you order the food you originally intended to so you can stay on a healthier track. The app is currently being used in major cities like New York and Washington D.C.
TruBe is a free app that allows you to access physical fitness trainers directly from your phone. Calling themselves the “Uber of personal training,” TruBe allows users to schedule Personal Training sessions in an instant from more than 300 qualified trainers in London. In addition to being able to access reviews and pictures, you can elect to do the workouts from anywhere—whether it’s going to the actual studio or working out from the comfort of your own home.
If you need a way to get grounded before or after a long day, then the Headspace app could be right for you. This meditation app is great for anyone interested in starting accessible meditation routines. The app starts you off with meditations for 10 minutes a day and eventually progresses to longer and more advanced breathing and relaxation exercises.
These apps are the perfect tools for overall wellness—whether you’re looking to manage your weight, track your sleep, donate to a good cause or just become more zen.