Apps That Will Help You Get Fit For Summer

Published On March 29, 2013 | By Christa Schueler | Eating Healthy, Fitness, Tech Toys & Tools, Technology, Weight Loss

Spring just started but summer is just a few months away.  I know this mom is hoping to try out the new Wet-N-Wild opening (or should I say reopening) this Memorial Day which means I need to get my out of shape body ready for a bathing suit.  Don’t want to scare anyone, you know.  So in order to get fit for summer, I need to exercise, watch what I eat and most of all, stay motivated.  All of this is easy to do when I first wake up in the morning, but throughout the day, especially when I get into the busy routine of getting my kids to school and running errands, it can be quite a challenge.  I’ve discovered that having certain apps on my phone, while not a complete solution, can come in handy when shedding the unwanted pounds.

My Diet Coach

Cost: Free
Available at: Google Play, Apple Store                                                   My Diet Coach App

Calorie Counter and Lose It!  are popular weight loss apps for Android users, however, when I came across My Diet Coach, I was intrigued because I really need a diet coach.  So I downloaded this app and was quite pleased with what I saw.  This app is more motivational than anything else (which I need).  You can set reminders throughout the day such as drink water and you can input your weight goals and before photos of yourself all for the purpose of motivation.  If you trip up and eat a McDonald’s Big Mac or you have your eye something naughty in the chocolate variety, you can get quick inspiration to get you back on track and beat down those cravings.

Fooducate

Cost: Free
Available at: Google Play, Apple Store

Fooducate is a really awesome app to have, especially when you’re not sure if what you’re eating is healthy or not.  Unfortunately, we can’t always trust advertising (even when it’s on the package) to tell us if a certain product is actual good for us, so Fooducate helps with this dilemma.  All you do is scan the item’s barcode with your phone and you’ll get the 411 about nutrition and all that good stuff.  It also recommends alternatives should the product fall short on actual nutrition.

VirtuaGym

Cost: Free
Available at: Google Play, Apple Store

I don’t have time to go to a gym and I’m not a huge fan of working out, however, exercising is an important component to losing weight and staying fit.  With VirtuaGym, you can exercise in the privacy of your own home whenever you have the time.  You can select your workout (which ranges from novice to advance) and then follow Brad Fit (no, I didn’t make that up) as he does the exercises with you.  You can choose from a 7 minute morning routine or you can do a longer 30 minute workout should you have more time.  At the end, you’re given how many calories you burned and logs that into your daily calendar as it tracks your progress.  You even get credit for doing other activities such as cleaning and breakdancing because we all breakdance every now and then.

Simply Yoga

Cost: Free
Available at: Google Play and Apple Store                                                   Simply Yoga App

Not a huge fan of doing windmills and jogging in place?  Join the club!  I prefer yoga myself because not only is it a good form of exercise, it’s calming and I sometimes need the calming.  Simply Yoga lets use choose a 20, 40, or 60 minute workout with various yoga poses.  Just watch the woman on your phone and follow the instructions.  It’s that simple.

RR Eating Disorder Management

Cost: Free
Available at: Google Play and Apple Store

RR AppWhen I was younger, I suffered from eating disorders (anorexia and binge eating).  Although I have a handle on it now thanks to therapy and a supportive family, I need to be very careful whenever I start to watch those calories and step on scales.  The RR Eating Disorder Management is a great app for those recovering from eating disorders because you can keep daily logs of your meals along with your moods and feelings, which is important since emotions and eating disorders go hand in hand.

Healthy Recipes

Cost: Free
Available at: Google Play and Apple Store                                                  Healthy Recipes App

I really like the Healthy Recipes app because you can tailor it to your dietary needs.  If I need low carb recipes, I just click on that button and voila!, they provide them.  My son is also glucose intolerant and this app has sugar free recipes which are awesome.  Need a healthy recipe for a cookout or looking for something to make that is Italian but won’t have you feeling guilty after eating it, this app also has categories for special occasions and types of cuisines.

What are your favorite weight loss and fitness apps?  Tell us about them.

 

 

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About The Author

UNLV graduate, wife, mother of three, blogger and aspiring novelist, Christa Schueler brings her writing, editing and research skills to Recess. As an advocate for education and health reform and a 25 year Las Vegas resident, Christa understands the need for providing a platform and a “voice” for women in Southern Nevada. Despite Las Vegas being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Christa has seen continual lack of community connection and strives to change that. Now, she’s joined the sandbox revolution!

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