When was the last time you swore off unhealthy food only to succumb faster than before? When was the last time you vowed to get more active but instead, simply collapsed in front of the TV after a thoroughly exhausting day? On top of that, nothing short of hiding out within the confines of the house can save you from being surrounded by appetising food at all hours of the day. So it really is to no one’s surprise that the jeans keep getting tighter. For the vast majority of working individuals, overcoming such mammoth hurdles whilst fulfilling our daily responsibilities is well-nigh impossible.
But when all else fails, technology saves. There is a vast universe within the internet that comprises of nothing but motivational images, quotes and everything in between for the hustlers. But if that and other conventional apps don’t do it for you, there are some quirky fitness apps out there that try to lessen the ordeal as much as possible and introduce a fun factor to workouts. Here’s our list of some such apps, and we do recommend that you try them:
Have you always set up a weight loss goal but could never follow through till the end? With DietBet you can put your money where your mouth is and set yourself up to not only get the extra motivation you need to lose weight but also make money while doing so. Start off by choosing the Kickstarter (losing 4% of body weight in 4 weeks) or the Transformer (losing 10% of body weight in 6 months) game category and join a group of likeminded weight watchers. Since you have to verify your weight through photos with actual referees monitoring your transformation, there’s no room for cheating either!
If the idea of working on your stamina and getting fit isn’t tempting enough to get you off the couch and start running, the advent of a zombie apocalypse should surely get those lazy feet moving. Just tie up your shoes, plug in your headphones and begin one of the over 200 missions that this fitness game has to offer: From heart-pumping action of running from the zombie hoard you can hear behind you to delivering life-saving supplies stealthily, without giving away your scent to the flesh-eating monsters. With Zombies, Run! each step you take is in the direction of a new mission for survival, and you can mix your own soundtrack with the game’s radio messages and voice recordings for an adventure that caters solely to you.
There’s only so much you can add to your exercise regimen in a bid to lose weight if you aren’t eating well. Lose It! is a different kind of food journal, in that it nudges your conscience every time you begin falling into the temptation of eating an extra slice of pizza, by helping you break down your weight loss program based on how much weight you wish to lose and how fast you wish to lose it. Aside from tracking every item by entering it into the app manually/scanning/photographing, the app automatically generates an algorithm-based weight loss chart, giving you an estimate of how much weight you have lost based on your eating plan.
With a host of the world’s best DJ’s such as David Guetta, Zedd, Afrojack and Major Lazer on its side, RockMyRun curates superb running music and workout music mixes. RockMyRun will consistently bring to you music that has consistent energy & tempo over long periods of time. It uses a radical technology, aptly named Body Driven Music, that intuitively adjusts the music tempo of mixes and playlists to match the user’s steps and speed. With music being such a high motivating factor, RockMyRun can go a long way towards easing out your workouts and making them more pleasant.
It has been well documented that muscle-building exercises are crucial for getting rid of the extra layers of fat in order to reveal a lean body from underneath. Unless you’re paying for a premium membership at a gym, you cannot hope to do strength training without proper guidance. But now with StrongLifts 5×5, you can. This app will automatically record your weights along with the number of sets and reps, giving you an accurate tracking map of your progress in all the individual muscle groups of the body.
There’s absolutely no dearth of home cooking and recipe apps on Android, but most of them are just not doable for people who haven’t progressed beyond learning how to make tea. This is why Runtasty is different from other health apps, as it not only sieves out the unhealthy ingredients from a meal and replaces it with nutritious, yet delicious alternatives, but also helps with the fundamentals of cooking (such as poaching an egg) by providing thorough video instructions on how to cook a particular meal from scratch. Also, Runtasty offers specialized filters such as 15-minute recipes, post-workout meals, less than 200-calorie meals and more.
Some of us depend on music to keep our spirits up whilst involved in a gruelling workout a little more than others. Because we need the perfect amalgamation of all-time-favourite oldies and fresh-off-the-shelf songs for every workout, we need a little extra help to curate our workout playlists. This where Fit Radio comes in, offering new playlists filled with high-energy songs each day. You get to choose from among different workout programs, and Fit Radio creates a personalised playlist that not only matches your BPM all the way up to 180, but also mixes out the genre to keep those interesting and fresh tunes flowing.
Habitica isn’t technically a fitness app, yet can come in really handy for staying on track with your workout regimes and the related tasks you must perform everyday to keep your diet clean, and have fun while doing it. With Habitica, a user starts by creating his custom avatar and then proceed to jot in his daily tasks, such as going to the gym, having a salad for lunch, taking the dog out for a long walk, and so on. Checking off each of these tasks on a daily basis wins him in-game avatar special features such as skills, armour, and new quests.
Which of these weight loss apps are you going to try out to trick yourself into getting fit while enjoying the entire ordeal? Be sure to let us know down below in the comments section.