A few months ago, we arranged an exclusive interview with weight loss expert, Dannii Martin of HungryHealthyHappy. We enjoyed her company so much that we wanted our patients to hear more from her and she was happy to cooperate.
This time around Dannii will review the best health and fitness apps on today's market. Using her personal experience with each app and her expert knowledge of healthy living, Dannii will explore the functions and usability while offering her official rating for each app.
She has personally used each and every one of these apps to test whether they live up to their promises. By following her guide below, you can see for yourself which tools are best suited for your own personal health and fitness needs, whether it be a short or long-term goal.
My Fitness Pal
This app is great for those just starting out, who want to track their food and exercise while making sure they are eating the right kind of food. I use this when I am looking to lose weight or get myself back on track, as it is simple to use and it helps me to re-focus. You can add all your meals for the day and it calculates the calories, protein, fat and carbs. There is also a community element to it as well. Where you can add friends, track their progress and get meal ideas too.
More information about My Fitness Pal can be found at the Google Play and iTunes App Store online. Both platforms offer free download for mobile devices.
Nike Training Club
No money for a personal trainer? Don't worry this app is like your very own personal trainer on your phone. The app gives you options to get lean, toned, strong or focused. You then set your training level and it will give you a list of various workouts for either 30 or 45 minutes. This is great for at home workouts, but also a must for those that travel. I always use it in hotel rooms or when I am visiting family. You can also sync it to your iTunes account to get a workout playlist, which is perfect for me as music is what keeps me motivated during my workouts.
More information about Nike Training Club can be found at the Google Play and iTunes App Store online. Both platforms offer free download for mobile devices.
As if improving your health wasn't enough of an incentive to workout, how about earning some money at the same time? The idea is simple you make a pact and commit to how many days a week you will go to the gym, and you say how much money you will be willing to lose each day you don't go. You go to the gym and check-in using your phone and if you don't check in, you lose money that day. If you complete the week having done all the workouts you said you would, then the money from all the people that missed their workouts gets split between all the people that did workout. I really love it and I have never missed a workout because of it.
More information about Gym Pact can be found at the Google Play and iTunes App Store online. Both platforms offer free download for mobile devices.
Like the Nike Training Club app, this app has loads of workout moves so you can do a workout in your own home. I love the randomness of this app, for instance if you just shake your iOS device it shuffles random exercises together to make a routine for you. This means your workout is always different and keeps you on your toes (sometimes literally). When each exercise is displayed on the screen, it gives you the option of seeing a demonstration via a YouTube link too; making sure you can get the correct form. There are some paid (PRO) routines, but I only use the free ones and I have not run out yet.
More information about Workout Trainer can be found at the Google Play and iTunes App Store online. Both platforms offer free download for mobile devices.
The Fitness Buddy app has workouts to suit everyone, no matter what their goals or fitness abilities. I am currently using it to work on toning my arms and there are so many great exercises that I wouldn't have known about otherwise. There are routines that don't require any equipment, and everything has step-by-step animation to ensure you know exactly what you are doing. I also like how you can filter the exercises by muscle group too.
More information about Fitness Buddy can be found at the Google Play and iTunes App Store online. Both platforms offer free download for mobile devices.
Whether you're looking to lose weight, maintain a healthy lifestyle or, quite simply, to monitor what you eat, the above apps will help you stay on top of your regime whilst keeping you motivated along the way. What's more, all of Dannii's recommended apps are free of charge so you should check them all out to find the one most suited to you.
For those of you who aren't familiar with Dannii Martin, you should check out her blog, HungryHealthyHappy.