Fitness Apps!

I am going to share with you today three of my favourite fitness apps... and they are all FREE!

My Fitness Pal

Hands down the best app to track your food and exercise. You can start as simple as just logging your food to see what you actually consume, or go as far to set up your own personal profile for weight loss and work with a nutritionist, naturopath or personal trainer to get your macros in check for your goals!

I love how this app can let you create your own recipes utilizing thousands of logged ingredients true to the brand. You then can separate the recipe by the total amount of servings and log your consumption. Handy Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks categories let you document where you are getting the most calories or macros from.

Did I mention the thousands of certified ingredients and products by brand? Eating out? No worries, most major restaurants have their menus integrated for ease of use!

Finally, fairly easy to add your exercise to the day giving you a total daily journal. The best part? You can add me and allow me to see your diary so I can see what you are eating! I am watching you! No Cheese Whiz please.

Seven

Do you have 7 minutes? 14? Or even 21? Seven is a neat concept to no equipment needed exercise that you can do at home, or really anywhere.

You can set it up that the app randomly will ask you "Do you have 7 Minutes?" and you can right then and there drop and do a 7 minute workout!

The free version starts off with a full body regime only. As you complete the regime more times you can unlock new programs that are specific to lower body, upper body and core. If you pay for the app, you can unlock all of these ahead of time. I like this app for the fact that it has pushups in it. I loathe them and it forces me to complete them!

Tabata Stopwatch

Heard of Tabata? A version of HIIT was based on a 1996 study by Professor Izumi Tabata (田畑泉) initially involving Olympic speedskaters. The study used 20 seconds of ultra-intense exercise (at an intensity of about 170% of VO2max) followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated continuously for 4 minutes (8 cycles).

Not for the faint of heart, but definitely a neat way to introduce hi intensity interval training into your life. This is also not recommended for those who have poor core stability and form. Although you fatigue very quickly form is still important! Studies say you can burn up to 60kcal in the 4 minutes if you are going all out!

I like the following exercises in my Tabata - Jump Squats, Jump Split Squats, Burpees, Straight Arm Planked Mountain Climbers. Do each of those twice in your 4 minutes and you are set!