Look no further than your favorite smart phone for the fun and motivation you need to stay fit. These 3 amazing fitness apps will help!
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Many of us have been struggling to stay fit during the pandemic, and now the holidays are upon us. Stay out of the deep end with a little help from your favorite smart phone. This means somehow replacing the motivation provided by local gyms and fitness classes. Without that social energy (and with the added pandemic anxiety) many of us are left sweating over Twitter instead of the treadmill. Let’s change things together!
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Because those added pounds and the pandemic aren’t going away on their own, we need to make working out by ourselves a little more fun. We also need new motivation. We are spotlighting three amazing fitness apps you can use for free to improve your workout routine and physical fitness.
3 Awesome Fitness Apps
For the Lonely Jogger: Zombies, Run!
Zombies, Run! is a popular exergame, fitness game, that first came out in 2012. Combining games with exercise does exist. Co-developed by Noami Alderman and Rebecca Levene, the exergame was published by British studio Six to Start and is available for free on Android and iOS platforms. What makes Zombies, Run! a great fitness app is that it helps you feel connected to other people, even while working out alone.
In the game, you run as Runner 5 who collects survival equipment and supplies for their encampment during the zombie apocalypse. At random intervals, you need to outrun zombies as they chase you on the app (with realistic sound effects!). It’s definitely an entertaining way to get in your cardio. Go running outdoors while being chased by zombies. It’s literally life or death!
For the Total Tracker: My Fitness Pal
My Fitness Pal is currently one of the top fitness apps because it provides a lot of options for all types of trackers. It includes exercise stats, calorie intake records, over 350 strength and cardio sessions, and even restaurant menu logging. This app is great for those who are looking to stay on the ball regarding both their physical fitness and their food intake. If you get just one app, this is the one.
What’s more, My Fitness Pal integrates with over 50 other apps and devices to sync up your workouts. This is especially great because certain apps aren’t always available on all mobile devices. For instance, apps like Fortnite and TikTok have both faced a ban from the Google Play and Apple App stores. The only downside to this exercise app is that it does require you to upgrade to a fee-based premium package in order to gain access to the entire range of services. But many do come free!
For the At-Home Employee: Office-Fit
Have you heard your friends cracking jokes about their aging bodies, even though they’re in their 20s and 30s? If you’ve experienced back, neck, or joint pain of your own, you’re not alone. Studies have shown that younger people are increasingly experiencing pain related to their jobs. Sitting at a desk all day is bad news.
In fact, approximately one in 25 working-age adults between the ages of 18 and 64 face limitations related to arthritis caused by how they work. Nearly 70% of Americans aged 65 and older will already need long-term care at some point in their lives. This means that this kind of back, neck, and joint pain being experienced so early in life needs to be nipped in the bud as soon as possible.
One of the best ways to do that is by using an app that’s designed for your workout needs when you’re working from home. Office-Fit is a fitness app that allows you to choose the type of workout you want to do and how long to do it. It also lets you choose whether you want the workout to be sitting or standing. So whether you’ve been sitting at your desk all day in your home office or standing all day at a checkout counter, you can find workout sessions that are both short and long, customized to your fitness needs.
Fitness apps are a great way to help you stay in shape, but try them out before investing in a subscription. Most offer a free section and if the apps above don’t match your workout vibe, then consider checking out other alternatives. Workout routines abound on YouTube and Pinterest, as well as here on BuzzChomp. Remember that fitness is never a punishment and you should be having fun during your workouts. If you aren’t, then don’t be afraid to switch things up. Fun makes for a great fitness habit!
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