Ask any fitness enthusiast how much money they spend on staying fit and watch as they stay quiet. Gym memberships coupled with personal trainers can turn out very expensive, as do the fees of dieticians or other consultants. That’s exactly where mobile apps step in.
Whether you have an iPhone, BlackBerry, Android device or an Internet tablet, there are a host of apps available that make sure you are in shape.
From showing you how to exercise to counting your calories with the food you consume or even track the distance and average speed during your morning run, here are our best picks to help you stay fit with the touch of your fingertips.
(FREE –ANDROID,IOS AND WINDOWS PHONE 7)
This is the first thing you should download if you’re interested in knowing the distance you covered during a jog and the calories burnt. But the app does more than that. Once you’ve created an account on runkeeper.com, you can download workout schedules including 8-week programmes to lose weight or even be ready to run a 21 km half-marathon.
(FREE — BLACKBERRY, IOS)
This is the RunKeeper equivalent for BlackBerry users. Like the former app, GT uses GPS to track your location on a map. Whether you’re walking, running or cycling, the app will find out the distance you’ve covered and figure out the amount of energy expended according to your height, age and weight.
Imuscle Nova Series
($5 — IPAD)
This special iPad version of the regular iMuscle app may be a bit expensive at $5 (R240), but you won’t regret spending on it. iMuscle packs in over 450 exercises and
stretches. You can zoom in and view every muscle in the body in 3D, plan a workout with a set of exercises and check out hints and tips on a specific routine. This one is your mobile personal trainer.
Calorie Counter by fatsecret
(FREE –ANDROID, BLACKBERRY AND IOS)
Available on multiple platforms including Facebook, iGoogle and even as an add-on for Firefox, this app gives you detailed information on the calorie content in your food. It asks for your vital stats such as height and weight, lets you set calorie targets for the day and packs it in a journal to track your progress.
($1 — IOS)
iPhone and iPod touch users will find Gymgoal ABC a good alternative to the more expensive iMuscle for the iPad. This app gives you access to over 280 workouts with animations, images and step-bystep instructions. It features 52 workout routines according to your level of expertise and equipment available.