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Fitness apps to help you achieve your goals

January 24, 2015

In today's age of rapidly changing technology, it makes perfect sense to utilize fitness apps that help you track progress toward your goals. Below is a list of handpicked free or inexpensive gadgets you can add to your list of weapons to help you get in great shape, but best of all, they can all be found right on your phone. Give them a try and let technology be your guide to a happier, healthier 2015.

Water Logged

Having trouble getting the recommended eight to 10 glasses of water a day health professionals suggest for weight loss and optimal health? Why not let your cellphone or iPad do it for you? Water Logged is a perfect solution for the tech-savvy fitness buff having trouble staying hydrated or too busy to keep track of what they drink. Water Logged will help you quench your daily water needs by giving you charts and reminders, but best of all you can use pictures of your water bottles and cups to add up your total water intake for the day. What could be easier than that?

iFood Diary

One of the best ways to make sure your diet is on track is to write down everything you eat so can see a clear, unbiased picture of your daily calorie consumption. The only problem is carrying around paper and pen all day can be unrealistic for most people, but what if there was a simple way to record the information in your phone? Well, look no further, because that’s exactly what the iFood Diary app does and more. Record what, how and where you ate and compare it on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. You can even send your diary to your trainer or nutritionist, taking accountability to a new level.

Blood Pressure Companion

This free app is great for tracking your blood pressure, weight and heart rate, and it will help you to see abnormal changes that may affect your exercise and training program. It will also help you track a rise or drop in blood pressure that may be a sign of a serious condition or help you see the positive effects of getting in better shape. It’s important to remember that although most people who are medicated for high blood pressure need to be concerned with how high their pressure gets during exercise, they also need to be aware that as they get in better shape and lose weight it may drop lower, and they may need to see their doctor to get their medication adjusted.

Seconds Pro

If you’re looking for an app to help you amp up the intensity and keep track of intervals and rest periods, Seconds Pro is a good choice. Downloaded over 1 million times, this app delivers by offering key features like a large, clear display with color coding, easy-to-use template, customization, music integration, and loud alerts telling you it’s time to get to work again. This app is great for CrossFit, Tabata, high-intensity interval training and many other applications.

MapMyRun

If running is your first choice for cardio, this app is a great tool that uses your phone's GPS to track your route and log your time, distance, speed and pace. It shows you elevation and tracks average calories of each workout. It can show where you’re going, where you’ve been and can even suggest different running routes or allow you to customize your own. What better way to critique and plan your workouts? This app is a runner's dream.

So if you’re looking for a way to integrate technology and make keeping track of your workouts and nutrition plan a little easier, try incorporating the above apps into your training regimen.

  • Chris Antonio is a personal trainer and former world-class weightlifter. He has been lifting for more than 20 years and has trained a wide variety of clients ranging from All-American athletes to the average person trying to get into shape. To send a question to the Ask the Trainer column, email Chris at chris@antoniostraining.com or check out AntoniosTraining.com.