Health and Fitness Apps this Coming Holiday Season

Nowadays, people are struggling to keep their bodies healthy and maintain the fitness to work. But this seems to be impossible because of the workload and busy schedules that won’t even allow them to enroll in fitness centers. As a result, obesity records are on a high.

What may seem impossible before is made possible nowadays in a way much cheaper price than going to the gym and getting, say, a fitness coach. Having smartphones or computers, you can now download the best health and fitness applications without compromising your career or family schedules.

Women fitness apps

A study was recently conducted which reveals that subscribers who are actively doing their health and fitness activities have body mass index (BMI) lower than non-subscribers. This was said to be because people who do their exercise have mobile applications and thus, overcome some barriers that they otherwise would not succumb to inside the fitness centers. However, phone storage is an issue needs to be considered before downloading any mobile applications.

Check out the suggested applications below for you to achieve your goals towards fitness, health. Plus, choose the one that works best for you and your mobile phone.

Charity Miles

Isn’t it awesome to know that after enjoying the health benefits of getting a dose of exercise, you are actually getting paid for every walk, run or bike? This app allows you to earn corporate sponsorship for charity from Timex Sports, Humana, and Lifeway Foods. A cyclist receives ten cents for per mile and 25 cents for runners and walkers. A subscriber can also choose his or her personal choice of charity as a beneficiary of your hard-earned sacrifice.

DietBet

Eyes on the price. This app allows you to choose a challenge where you decide the length of time and the weight to lose with your corresponding bet to win this challenge. Win your money back for at least four percent loss of body weight and other more surprising benefits.

Couch to 5k

Men fitness apps

For just thirty minutes a day, three days a week, nine weeks, be able to enjoy a training program that helped thousands of users. Couch to 5 allows you to choose your very own motivating interactive coach and share your progress with your loved ones on your social media through the site’s community. In this app, a monitor of your pace and distance on every 30-minute session allows you to analyze your performance and progress. It presents these metrics through two separate graphs.

MyFitnessPal

This site is absolutely one of the top applications because of its user-friendly steps and calorie counters.  It has a database that features over five million food, a barcode nutrition scanner, and recipe importer. This will allow the users to track their calorie intake easily with corresponding exercise steps that enable the user to burn their calories accumulated.

ACTIVEx

This application first started as a basic wellness program which later turned into a worldwide community-based fitness application. It features an in-app coaching which features either personalized or group Tabata-based interval workouts and experience group training.

Sworkit

This application is actually a short abbreviation of “Simply Work It” which offers application videos of personal trainers demonstrating the exercises. Either you follow the standard or you want to have your customized workout concerning your time availability and specific body areas to be toned. It includes a combination of random exercises and interval training that maximizes the effectiveness of your workout and helps one avoid getting used to common routines.

PEAR Personal Coach

Tired of following the same workout videos that may seem unfit to you? This app allows the experience of having a personal trainer with just a touch of your hand at the best price. Hundreds of interactive videos provided by well-known fitness professionals for all levels can be found here.

Stravah

Strava is an app best for runners and cyclists since it gives more emphasis on its user’s performance analytics. It can be linked to your Garmin gadget to get real-time log and comparison from previous workouts to see the progress. It also has a leaderboard function that allows users to get motivated, upon seeing the performance of other users doing the same workout area.

FIT Radio

Women music apps

Are you enjoying Zumba or just easily get carried away by the beat? This app specializes on DJ-created mixes of streaming music in different genres. Just like Spotify, this app is free but limited for a single genre. If you wish to have more music genres, you can upgrade to premium for only $3.99 per month and get unlimited choices.

MapMyRun

Implied by its name, this app has over 70 million routes available for runners.  The feature includes “Route Genius” which generates a route to follow based on the length you want to run. The app requires a simple zip code of the place and will automatically generate best running routes for you. This is best for travelers who don’t want miss a run especially on routes with scenic views.

Pocket Yoga

Can’t resist getting a stretch? Get this awesome Pocket Yoga and enjoy 200 poses anytime and anywhere designed by experienced yoga instructors. Progress is tracked better performance unlocks new environments for a more challenge to conquer.

Exercise Apps

Are you enjoying the applications listed? Send us your idea if you have other mobile applications which you think is awesome for the everyday fitness enthusiast.

How Much Is Your Remaining Health Balance?

Millennials

While still young, people do different kinds of preparation to secure their future. During academic life, students stay late at night to study and do school requirements to get better grades and career opportunities in the future. This is a cycle in every stage of a person’s life.

Life after college

After graduation, one seeks a job and gives his best to get to a stable tenure. To get through this, there is a necessity to work the extra mile for his job. One could never avoid that quite often, there is a need to do overtime, skip meals and work under pressure, stressing you out mentally, emotionally and physically. This is because at this stage, especially to young professionals, health is just some sort of capital utilized for the future. This is the stage when the body is supposedly at its top shape, energetic and oozing with new ideas to be explored. It is then necessary to keep our body in good shape. Driving oneself too much at work will result in health problems which decrease productivity and ultimately deplete savings.

Millennial at work

BPO workers

Working millennials, especially in the BPO world, face unique occupational hazards because of the nature of the work. Changing sleep patterns change the circadian rhythm of the body that could result in sleep disturbance. Moreover, agents tend to smoke to keep them alert especially during the night shift. Workers spend most of their time sitting on the chair facing their work stations and sipping coffee or sodas. This could result in eye and ear problems, slower brain functions, and an accumulation of body fats due to lack of physical mobility. In addition, busy people sometimes skip meals or tried to get satisfaction from fast food which adds more problems to health. This is the reason why some call center companies provide amenities for the agents such as gym and health insurance which is very necessary and more recently, compulsory. This way, one could get a check on their health status just like getting a balance inquiry of your bank account.

Health among the new generation

During the later stage, the body starts to turn weak as age reaches its prime. Health issues start to arise such as problems in the heart, blood, kidneys, liver and so on. This is the moment when one uses his or her investments for health. The problem is, if the millennials keep on draining their health because of poor lifestyle, prime age will be lowered and the average lifespan of mankind will eventually be affected on a scale we’ve never seen before.

Just like how we keep a track on our bank accounts, it is essential to treat our health condition as an account and be vigilant in keeping track of our remaining health balance.

Knowing how to maximize the exercise of the future

The mindset of fitness and wellness

Whoever hates proper diet and physical activities most likely hates his life. Having the right daily regimen, after all, is connected to our mindset. How we see the world and the people in it affects how we take care of ourselves.

There is a fine line however between taking care of your body and trying to impress everyone with an aesthetically pleasant-looking physique. In our opinion, merely appearing good and being the envy of your peers is simply a puny reason to get ripped. Besides, we just learned that there are even better ways to achieve the physical form that you want apart from just the traditional weight lifting and dance/aerobics exercises (might we include Zumba) that we are accustomed to.

Calisthenics, your ideal fitness mechanics

calisthenics performed in a park

In this age of uber fast innovation and exploration, we believe that it is time to take a look at a relatively less-known fitness program called Calisthenics. In fact, we do hold the belief that Calisthenics is the future of fitness training. The routine of going to the gym, oggling at your own body and crunching those weights off is certainly not getting us anywhere apart from perhaps simply inflating our egos.

Feedback from those who have been there and done that, shows that once weight-lifting is done regularly over a period of time, gym buffs eventually find it “un-creative”, overly hyped-up and boring. Remember that when most of us started, our goal was to get better health, develop functional strength and improve our reflexes. We wanted to avoid being the couch potatoes that we once were or we would have been.

By the way, functional strength is the kind of strength that you use for day-to-day tasks. Of course, one would not get it from simply sitting in the sofa set all day long or renting a limo and savoring the joyride for hours and hours. Functional strength can definitely be improved through weight training, no doubt. The difference is that in calisthenics, one gets to have all the benefits of bodybuilding without getting any unnecessary injuries, disproportionate growth of specific muscle parts and bouts of boredom and lethargy.

On the other hand, we can say that Calisthenics does more than just improving our appearance and self-esteem, it actually hits the muscles and tissues in our body that were perhaps never even touched during those painstaking weight-lifting sessions.

Brain, Behavior, Body

The exact order above is how we should tackle our physical fitness goals. As mentioned earlier, having the right mindset – say, doing it for your health or doing it to inspire others to be fit too – is key to kickstarting and more importantly, sustaining your fitness habits. Once your brain is rewired to think differently, your sense of mental and physical discipline starts to gain traction. Finally, with discipline and personalized fitness routine, your body will eventually benefit from it in the terms of vitality, muscle strength, flexibility and mental alertness. The enviable look you will get out of going through this new regimen is mere icing on the cake.

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