Earlier in the year we discussed popular weight loss apps that you could download to your phone or tablet to help keep you on track with your goals. As we come out of the holiday season, we realize that it’s more important than ever to have the support to get you back on track. We’re here to support you in any way that we can, but in the hours that you’re not in clinic, it can be helpful to have technology work for you. That’s why we wanted to add an update of some more apps that have come to light since our previous post. All of the apps are free to download, but when used regularly, their benefits are priceless.
We’re going to call Pact a high stakes app because this one puts money on the line. The way it works is simple. You make a pact – like eat more fruits and vegetables or exercise more – that you input into the app for the whole Pact community to see. Then you place a wager on your pact, say 50 cents per vegetable or workout. If you stick to your word, you earn money from the app – anywhere from 30 cents to $5.00 per week – but if you don’t, you’ve got to pay up. You can adjust how much you wager based on how committed you are. This app doesn’t just hold you accountable to yourself and the Pact community; it holds you accountable to your bank account too.
- Nike+ Training Club
The Nike+ Training Club app is basically a personal trainer in your pocket. You can choose a single workout or you can set up a whole 4-week program for yourself. There are over 100 exercises to choose from and it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, intermediate, or expert exerciser – there is something for you. The best part is if you have a smart TV or HDMI cable, you can watch the workouts right on your television.
- iPhone Health App
Sorry, Team Android, this one is for Apple users only. The iPhone Health App actually comes preloaded with the iOs 8 operating system. The app allows you to track your nutrition, fitness, and body measurements, along with other health markers like the amount of sleep you’re getting and blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate. You can also set the app to connect with other health apps, like MyFitnessPal, so that you’re able to see all of your information in one place.
- Google Fit
We couldn’t discuss an iPhone-only app without also letting you Android lovers know about Google Fit – a health app from Google that’s strictly for Android phones. Google Fit actually helps you track your activity by simply carrying your phone around with you. There are several goals you can input into the app – like a goal to move for 60 minutes each day or walk a certain number of steps – and the app will push you to keep them. You can also hook this app up to Android smartwatches to make it more convenient for you to take on the move.
- 7 Minute Workout
We understand that you’re busy. Sometimes too busy to fit in the hour-long workout that you promised to do. We get it. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t work out at all. Some exercise is better than no exercise and that’s where the 7-Minute Workout app comes in. The app puts together a 7-minute workout that ensures you’re getting the most bang for your buck – or in this case, your time. You can choose from regular or advanced 7-minute workout programs.