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5 Fitness Apps That Get Results

Getting fit no longer requires a pencil-and-paper workout plan or a hardback diet book — just your smartphone.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The latest apps can aid you in reaching your fitness goals
  • Some provide workout accountability; others help count calories
  • You can track your runs and even run from zombies

(Health.com) — Looking for a new way to reach your fitness goals? Now’s the time to check out some of the hottest fitness apps as 2014 gets underway.

Getting fit no longer requires a pencil-and-paper workout plan or a hardback diet book. The latest apps can aid your fitness goals through interactive features, instant stats and tips, and GPS technology, as well as inspiration of the monetary variety.

Reinvigorate your workout by downloading the following five fitness apps. Some are new to the market, while others are simply tried and true. Not only will these apps boost your health and wellness, they will give you a new burst of motivation.

Health.com: How to stick to a workout plan[1]

1. Hot5

Hot5 is hands down one of my favorite apps for 2014. From abs and core to yoga and flexibility and everything in between, Hot5 contains pages and pages of 5-minute video workouts that are super easy to follow. You can find video workouts of all varieties and difficulty levels that will work you out with only five moves.

While most fitness app videos look like they were filmed in the 1980s, Hot5’s are sleek and modern. The interface is also beautifully designed and user friendly. It is to the point and clear cut, saving you time by skipping the personal questionnaires and sign-up lag.

I also love that this app can be used as an add-on to your fitness routine or as your entire workout. If you want to do 5-minute abs after a run, Hot5 is for you. If you want to do a full body workout, mix and match from their plethora of videos. This pick and choose system is great for beginners and fitness gurus alike.

The best part? Hot5 is completely free. No hidden costs, no paid upgrades. Hot5 gives you the best of the best without costing you a penny.

Compatibility: iPhone; Cost: Free

2. GymPact

We all need a little motivation when it comes to working out, and GymPact is the perfect way to get inspired.

How does it work? Make a commitment to work out a certain number of times a week. Choose the amount of money you are willing to risk if you don’t reach your goal. If you don’t achieve your goal? Your credit card gets charged. Achieve your goal? You get paid! The days of being paid to work out have finally come!

Compatibility: iPhone and Android; Cost: Free

Health.com: 43 vegetarian recipes we love[2]

3. Weight Watchers Mobile

Sure, you’ve heard of Weight Watchers, but there’s a reason this company has been around so long. Their system gets great results –plain and simple.

Weight Watchers Mobile is a great way to track your calorie consumption by using their point system. Not only can you enter and search for different foods in their database, you can scan barcodes for instant information about what you’re eating. The app counts down your available calories by day and also by week.

Weight Watchers Mobile even has a section to find foods from your favorite restaurants, and info on portion control and healthy eating. Their clean-looking, easy-to-use interface makes dieting more manageable and straightforward.

Compatibility: iPhone and Android; Cost: Free, but you must be a Weight Watchers member to get full access.

4. RunKeeper

RunKeeper has been around for a while, but it’s still one of the greatest fitness apps out there.

RunKeeper allows you to track your runs, walks, or bike rides by using the GPS system in your phone. You can view your detailed stats on its easy-to-use layout, and also track your progress over time. RunKeeper even allows you to connect with your friends so others can track your achievements and goals.

My favorite feature on this app is the audio cue option. RunKeeper provides real-time coaching by giving you audible updates on your pace, time, distance, and more.

Compatibility: iPhone and Android; Cost: Free

Health.com: The best 30-minute boot camp workout [3]

5. Zombies, Run! 2

That’s right… the zombie craze has even reached the fitness arena. This action packed app adds an element that is sometimes missing from other workout apps — fun.

Zombies, Run! and Zombies, Run! 2 mix games and stories into your run as you complete missions in a world laden with zombies. Whether you’re gathering supplies, saving a fellow human, or out-running a horde of the undead, this app amps up your normal jog with imagination and competition.

Compatibility: iPhone and Android; Cost: $2.99

This article originally appeared on Health.com[4].

Copyright Health Magazine[5] 2011

References

  1. ^ Health.com: How to stick to a workout plan (www.health.com)
  2. ^ Health.com: 43 vegetarian recipes we love (www.health.com)
  3. ^ Health.com: The best 30-minute boot camp workout (www.health.com)
  4. ^ Health.com (news.health.com)
  5. ^ Health Magazine (www.health.com)

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  1. Reply

    Workout Tips? I’m 150 lbs, 6 ft. 1in tall, and need some tips on how to work out. How much weight should I do and how many reps for each set? Number of times per week for work out? Also, what sort of diet is useful?
    doitnow, I would love to ‘work out’ with you.

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      If you wana get big its not easy .. you have to really want it .. you cant just go to the gym for an hour and call it a day .. u gotta make it a lifestyle … you gotta eat, eat, and eat … eat high protein and a lot of carbs … as far as training goes you should work out NO more then 5 days a week, i recommend 4 days a week if u wana gain weight …. DONT workout for more then 52 minutes!! … ull just end up overtraining … do High weight – low reps ( 4 – 6 reps) … heavy weight is wat makes the muscle GROW … make sure to keep strict form tho .. concentrate hard on those low reps .. make each one count … remember to eat, eat, and eat … eggwhites, chicked, turkey, oatmeal, peanut butter, tuna, rice .. are all good foods .. make sure you gotta a whey protein shake too!! .. MUST take that within 30 minutes after workout!! … i can go on and on .. as you progress you will learn whats workn for you … good luck!

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    • Argen
    • February 23, 2014
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    Tips For Starter Workout.? Ok so I’m 125 lb. and about 5.6-7 feet tall and I just started going to gym (about 1 month).

    My schedule is: Monday = work on 6 pack and chest, Tuesday = work on 6 pack and arms, Wednesday = same as monday, Thursday = same as tuesday and so on.. and yes i go gym everyday in the mornings from 11ish for an hour or an hour and 15 mins.

    After gym I drink 1 spoon and half of this: http://www.innerarmour.com/products_nitropeak.html

    I dont really have good eating order..I eat breakfast 1 hour before gym which is around 10.
    I eat lunch at like 5-6 and dinner around 10..

    so I just wanted to see what tips can i get to make my body buffed in a short time and make 6 pack 😀

    I want my chest to grow and my 6 pack to come out first. kgo.

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      Workout routines are what exercises, how many sets, how many reps
      etc. that you do for each muscle.
      Remember these things when making up your routine:
      1) Work chest, triceps and shoulders on the same day, and biceps and
      back on the same day so that it’s ok if the secondary muscles get
      worked that day, because your doing them anyway.
      2) Separate those muscles that work a secondary muscle so that they
      are far enough apart not to overtrain you. For example, do Chest
      Monday, triceps on Wednesdays, and shoulders Friday, and biceps
      Monday with chest, and back Wednesday or Friday.
      Here are a few sample split routines and workout programs.

      Monday – Chest/Back
      Tuesday – off
      Wednesday – Legs
      Thursday – off
      Friday – Shoulders/Arms
      Saturday – off
      Sunday – off

      Monday – Chest/Biceps
      Tuesday – off
      Wednesday – Shoulders/Legs
      Thursday – off
      Friday – Back/Triceps
      Saturday – off
      Sunday – off

      Monday – Chest/Triceps
      Tuesday – Back/Biceps
      Wednesday – off
      Thursday – Shoulders
      Friday – Legs
      Saturday – off
      Sunday – off

      Sample Weightlifting Workout Routines

      This is hard. There are so many exercises for each muscle, and so
      many ways to split them up and make a routine out of them. So instead
      of listing 10,000 workout routines, I’ll just list what I think are
      the most effective muscle building exercises for each muscle and later
      on you can decide which to use in your own workout routines.

      Chest
      Flat Bench Press
      Incline Bench Press
      Flat Bench Dumbell Flyes
      Incline Dumbell Flyes

      Back
      Deadlift
      Pull Ups, Chin Ups, Lat Pulldowns
      Seated Cable Row
      Bent Over Barbell Row
      Bent Over 1 Arm Dumbell Rows

      Biceps
      Standing Barbell Curls
      Preacher Curls (with dumbells or barbell)
      Seated/Standing Dumbell Curls

      Triceps
      Tricep Press Downs
      Dips
      Skull Crushers

      Legs
      Squats
      Romanian Deadlifts
      Lunges/Split Squats
      Calve Raises

      Shoulders
      Seated/Standing Military Press (with barbell or dumbells)
      Lateral Raises
      Shrugs

      Abs
      Crunches, leg raises, situps, hip thrusts, side bends, weighted
      situps, crunches with your legs bent, not bent, straight up in the air

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    • Bleek
    • February 23, 2014
    Reply

    Workout Tips …. …. ? I’ve just rejoined a gym I was in a couple years ago. I’m looking for a workout to help me build a bit of muscle. This time the gym didn’t give me a workout plan and full assessment on joining for some reason…

    Anyhow… I’m roughly 6’1″. About 170-175 pounds.I want to give myself a better body. I have a little bit of a belly (but not too noticeable). And kinda scrawny arms and chest etc. and I have a slightly indented chest which never looks good and can’t be helped.

    I want to build my biceps aand shoulders a little, get pecks, and a good stomach. I know it’s ridiculous to hope for a huge muscular figure… which I don’t want.. But I just want a body with a nice appearance.

    Has anybody any training or nutritional tips to reach my goal? And when will I start to see results?

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      Well, I always recommend the same barbell routine for beginners:

      Monday
      Squat 3×5
      Bench press/Overhead press 3×5 (alternating)
      Chin-ups: 3 sets to failure or add weight if completing more than 15 reps

      Wednesday
      Squat 3×5
      Overhead Press/bench press 3×5 (alternating)
      Deadlift 1×5

      Friday
      Squat 3×5
      Bench press/Overhead press 3×5 (alternating)
      Pull-ups: 3 sets to failure or add weight if completing more than 15 reps

      Start with very light weight to learn proper form. Increase weight by 2-5kg on exercises each workout. Add 3 sets of abdominal exercises at the end of each workout if you like. When the weights get heavy, do progressively heavy warm-up sets to reach your working weight.

      However, you’ve haven’t stated whether or not you’re interested in developing lower body strength as well as upper body, so you may not be interested in this. This routine will develop a good proportional physique regardless, and it only requires 30 minutes-1 hour to complete the workout.

      The chin-ups/pull-ups will develop your biceps, the presses will develop your chest and shoulders, your stomach will be developed by heavy squats/deadlifts/overhead presses as well as any isolation abdominal exercises you add to the routine.

      You say you have a little bit of a belly, this means that even if you were to develop extremely strong abs, you wouldn’t have a six pack. You’ll need to maintain a calorie deficit til you burn enough fat to reach 10% body fat before you can have a six pack. It’s possible to burn fat whilst gaining muscle, though results aren’t as fast, and it’s difficult to achieve the right nutritional balance for this. You’ll need only a slight calorie deficit (around 500 less than you’re using), whilst still getting 170g+ protein every day. Make sure you’re having protein immediately post-workout, it’s the most important time.

      Fat loss results you will notice alot faster than muscle development. If you’re burning fat, you’ll notice a physical difference (e.g slimmer stomach) in about a month. It usually takes a few months before you notice a physical change in your muscles though.

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    • Bleek
    • February 23, 2014
    Reply

    Workout Tips……….? I’ve just rejoined a gym I was in a couple years ago. I’m looking for a workout to help me build a bit of muscle. This time the gym didn’t give me a workout plan and full assessment on joining for some reason…

    Anyhow… I’m roughly 6’1″. About 170-175 pounds.
    I want to give myself a better body. I have a little bit of a belly (but not too noticeable). And kinda scrawny arms and chest etc. and I have a slightly indented chest which never looks good and can’t be helped.

    I want to build my biceps aand shoulders a little, get pecks, and a good stomach. I know it’s ridiculous to hope for a huge muscular figure… which I don’t want.. But I just want a body with a nice appearance.

    Has anybody and training or nutritional tips to reach my goal? And when will I start to see results?

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      First thing you have to do is to get your diet right. Looking fit is 20% workout, 80% diet. Here’s a few things that you need to do for both problems.

      Get into the habit of eating a healthy breakfast such as oats and milk (example)

      Eat 5-6 meals a day. Each meal should have carbs and plenty of protein in it. This link would be helpful. http://www.maximuscle.com/static/caloriecalculatorwin.html

      Get into the habit of having a water bottle near you so you can stay hydrated, 3 litres a day should be good, it’s important you stay hyrated if you wanna look good.

      A good 8 hours of sleep every night, or close to eight as possible.

      Investing on some Multivitamin and Fish Oil capsules is optional but highly recommended, your body needs it.

      As for the workouts, don’t focus on just working your bicep or your shoulder, those are small mucsle groups you should spend limited time on those muscle groups or else you over work them.

      The main focus should be your biggest muscle groups, legs, back and chest. Working your back works your biceps and working your chest works your triceps so arms do get a workout.

      Exercises that you must include in your weekly workout plan.

      * Squat (legs)
      * Assisted Pull-Ups (back)
      * Bench Press (chest)
      * Tricep Dips (tricep)

      Other excercises I would recommend, considering your goals

      * Incline Bech Press (Upper chest)
      * Pec dec (Chest)
      * Seated Row (back)
      * Tricep pushdown (arms)
      * Barbell Curl/ Preacher Curl (bicep)
      * Dumbell Shoulder Press
      * Leg Press

      Few Important things to note

      * You shouldn’t work muscle groups such as biceps and shoulders in isolation any more than once a week and same should apply to other muscles as well.

      * Proper form for each and every single rep and set is crucial, watch a number of videos on youtube about the exercise to get a better idea.

      Results could take a week to show up, a month to show up or a year. It really depends on how bad do you want to be fit, your motivation has to be high for you to be able to achieve the results your looking for regardless of whether you want to just be fit or be an elite athlete, the attitude should be no different.

      Hope this was helpful =)

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    • Vetle
    • February 23, 2014
    Reply

    Need Help With Workout Tips? So i asked this question before, and like i said i cant get any results from my training. so i was asked to put my workout plan out so you could see.
    Monday:Gym:Chest and abs
    Tuesday: Soccer practice
    Wednesday: Triceps and Biceps
    Thursday: Either a break or legs
    Friday: Either a break or legs

    i am currently not on any diet and i tend to eat alot of potato chips and other candy. i would love it if you had any diet tips also
    other question : http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AoY9AlZtICcS8T8mJ6NBU8sazKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20121108060433AALYduR

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      You’re plans sounds extremely good. 🙂 go for it

      here are any tips if you want:

      Weight loss tip 1: Decide how much weight you need to lose – Most people start their weight loss journey by claiming to be xyz kilos overweight. This isn’t a healthy way to project or aim for weight loss. Calculate your desired weight against your height by using reliable methods like the BMI, and set a healthy weight loss target. This is often half the battle won.

      Weight loss tip 2: Time management – This is quite often overlooked. Decide which part of your day will be dedicated to exercise, when in the week you will stock up on groceries, and when you will do the cooking – all within your current work and home life routine. If you don’t do this now, your days will be rushed and unplanned, and you won’t be able to sustain your weight loss efforts.

      Weight loss tip 3: Stock your kitchen – Keep your house well-stocked with fruits, vegetables, healthy meats, grains, cereals, spices, and flavourers. Follow our tricks to healthy cooking, cooking vegetables for the week, and low-fat cooking posts to understand how best you can stock your kitchen with healthy and delicious ingredients. All of this will go into helping the next step – cooking healthy meals at home.

      Weight loss tip 4: Eat healthy homecooked meals – Whether it’s you who’s cooking, a family member, or house help, ensure that every one practises healthy cooking methods, and ingredients. Ask any person who’s lost weight the healthy way, and you will always hear about how healthy homecooked meals were a big reason behind it. Use less oil, low salt, fresh produce, and you’ll start seeing results in no time.

      Weight loss tip 5 : Start a cardio + weights workout – A healthy weight loss programme is incomplete without a good exercise routine, and weight training mixed with cardio is the best way to lose weight. Of course, variations and forms exist, but any workout that stresses on muscle tone and increased heart rate will always help you lose weight and keep it off. You can either start a home workout today, or rely on gyms for fitness training.

      Weight loss tip 6: Alter your snacking habits . Set those French fries aside, skip that aerated drink, and ban those unhealthy deep fried samosas. Explore the healthy snack world and you will find several appetisers, party snacks, movie snacks and meal accompaniments that’ll satisfy every craving of yours.

      Weight loss tip 7: Have at least one active hobby – It isn’t sufficient to rely on just 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Moving from bed to office chair, and back to bed, isn’t a healthy way to live. Buy a motion sensor gaming console that lets you enjoy social games with friends and family, plan weekend trips, clean your house once a week, dance, play sports, the list is endless. Get out of the coffee shop and dining table rut, and you’ll have fun along with the healthy weight loss

      Weight loss tip 9: Drink plenty of water – You’ve known that your body relies heavily on water for all important bodily functions, and yet you skimp on drinking adequate quantities of water every day. Well, it’s time to stop that. Check out some exciting ways to make water interesting and you’ll be packing it away in no time. Do not forget to carry a water bottle to your workout, and take a few sips after every 2-3 minutes of exercise.

      Weight loss tip 10: Plan healthy vacations – Why go all the way with healthy weight loss, when one tiny vacation will just come along and topple it all? Healthy vacations aren’t impossible. Take a look at how you can eat smart on a holiday, and then at bodyweight workouts that you can carry with you wherever you go, to understand how to holiday right. Above all, remember that these are lifelong habits that’ll help you stay fit forever and not short term weight loss quickfixes

      good luck.

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