Need help staying motivated and on track? These fitness apps are great tools to use to with your boot camp & cardio workouts. They can also help you dial in on your nutrition. Check out this list of our favorites free apps below.
Counting calories has never been easier thanks to this robust app. You can log most meals in under a minute by searching MyFitnessPal’s extensive database of brand name foods. If you made something from scratch, you can input the recipe, and the app will estimate it’s nutritional information too. And once you start regularly using the app, it gets to know your diet and saves a list of your favorite foods that can be added to your daily intake with just the tap of a button. (Free; iOS and Android)
MapMyFitness has been tracking activities and logging food since 2007 with an easy-to-use interface and some of the most accurate tracking capabilities out there. The app now lets you set challenges (for yourself or friends) and even tracks you gear, so you know when it’s time to buy a new pair of running shoes. (Free; iOS and Android) There are also MapMyWalk, MapMyRun, & MapMyHike apps but one can be used for any or all activities you participate in.
Love cycling? then you are sure to love this app. It’s great for running too.
Strava Cycling and Running
There are plenty of great running apps out there, but few apps focus on cyclers. Strava is the perfect app for those bike enthusiasts. It allows you to easily track rides by time, distance, and speed. But the best feature is the Strava’s challenges that connects you with a community of cyclers who compete for things like climbing the highest or snapping the best photos mid-ride. (Free; iOS and Android)
Motivated by helping others? Then this app is for you.
Running, biking, and walking can do way more than just helping you stay healthy and fit. Every mile of exercise can earn money for dozens of different charities. With the help of corporate sponsors, Charity Miles donates 10 cents for every mile biked and 25 cents for every mile walked or ran. As those miles add up, you can make a big difference for an organization that matters to you. (Free; iOS and Android)
Not a runner? Try this out for motivation to get you started.
This app delivers on its name and gets people off the couch and gets them into shape for their first 5K. The eight-week training plan starts slow by alternating between walking and running before working up to more intense workouts. C25K fits into even the busiest schedules with just three half-hour workouts every week with rest days in between. An audio coach helps you through each workout and motivates you to keep on running. (Free; iOS and Android)
Motivated by music? Check out this app.
Cranking up some the jams to help you work out faster, stronger, and longer. DJs curate playlists with songs that have a similar range of beats per minute. All you have to do is run to the beat of the music. Your workout will be done before you know it, and you might even discover a new favorite song. (Free; iOS)
Need accountability & help with nutrition. Try out one or all of these great apps.
Putting together a food diary is one of the easiest ways to improve healthy eating habits and aid in weight loss. But that can involve a lot of math with estimating the portion size and calories. Noom does all of the heavy lifting for you, thanks to its extensive food database that knows exactly how many calories are in your Chipotle burrito. After tracking your food intake, Noom suggests simple changes for a healthier lifestyle. And it invites you to join Noom groups that are made up of people on similar weight loss journeys, making it easy to share struggles and motivate each other. (Free; iOS and Android)
Take the mystery out of staring at nutrition labels. users create personal profiles with their age, gender, health goals, things they find important to their diet, things they want to avoid, and things they’re allergic to. Then head to the nearest grocery aisle and start scanning barcodes. The app will give each item a score—avoid foods with low scores and scoop up the ones closest to a perfect 100. (Free; iOS and Android)
When it comes to choosing what’s for dinner, it always feels like you need to make a choice between eating out or eating healthy. But with this app you can find a balance between the two Just plug in your address and add filters for dietary restrictions, cuisine, ingredients, and even the type of dish you’re looking for. Then the app will offer dozens of restaurants to choose from and even note the healthiest food on the menu. (Free; iOS and Android)