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7 Totally Awesome Health and Fitness Apps

Being the significant other of an app developer I can safely say I’m an app junkie. I have no qualms with paying $9 for an app just to see if I like it and I often lie in bed and browse the app store for the latest developments.

awesome health and fitness apps

I particularly love calendar, productivity and fitness apps. I’ve tried about 20 or 30 different fitness apps and these are by far the best I’ve come across. Here are 7 totally awesome health and fitness apps that will help to kick your gorgeous butt into gear.

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7 Minute Workout Challenge

I bought the 7 Minute Workout Challenge app about a year ago and I still use it regularly. It has a list of 12 different simple exercises that you can do without equipment in your own home or outside in a park. A full set of the exercises takes 7 minutes and you can do as many sets as you have time for. Perfect for travel or when you need a quick workout but don’t have time.

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Argus

This one is very science-y and cool. It basically tracks your movements, steps, food, heart rate and liquid intake and displays it in a fancy pants graph. Perfect for data geeks and people who like a good design.

 

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Nike + Running

My love for Nike + Running knows no bounds. I’ve had the app for about three years and I log every single run that I do. My favourite feature is that it posts your runs to Facebook and if anyone likes or comments on your post you hear cheers through your headphones. It’s so motivating. This is probably my number 1 fitness app and very close to being my number 1 app of all time. It’s simple to use, you can connect with friends and have running challenges with them and all data can be posted to your social media channels to keep you accountable.

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Calorie King

Calorie King is by far the best calorie resource I’ve found. It’s Australian based which is really the main draw card for me. I can look up things like Arnott’s biscuits and Muffin Break and get an accurate representation of the calories in Australian food. Also I’ve found with most other American based calorie counters if I type in ‘apple’ I have to scroll through pages of apple pies, apple cakes and apple pastries to find just a plain old apple. Super annoying. Calorie King is a simple no fuss calorie value app. Note: this app is not for tracking calories it’s simply a database of calorie values.

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Moves

Another really simple app that tracks your movements throughout the day. It shows where you went, how long it took you to get there and how often you move throughout the day. It’s the perfect alternative to a pedometer.

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Zombies, RUN!

A lot of people have dissed Zombies, RUN! and I’ll admit I’ve probably only used it a handful of times but I just love it when companies take risks like this and create a truly unique fitness experience. Basically, the zombie apocalypse has come and you’re being chased by zombies. You get given instructions from a woman in a helicopter and you have to increase your pace as she directs or otherwise you end up as Zombie chow. I found the run itself quite easy and I’d like a few different levels in the app but apart from that it’s totally worth a try. Good fun workout.

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Food Diary and Calorie Tracker by MyNetDiary

I’ve tried heaps of calorie tracking apps and this one is by far my favourite. It’s simple, there’s no fancy bells and whistles and best of all it’s not attached to a particular diet or way of eating like paleo or sugar-free. It’s just an easy way to track your daily energy intake and make sure you’re consuming what you should be. I used to use this in conjunction with Calorie King to get accurate measures of calories as some of the foods on MyNetDiary are very basic or from the US.

Do you use any health and fitness apps? What are your favourites?

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17 Comments

  1. Christine 3 years ago

    Probably because I don’t have my phone on me constantly, I’m not much of a one for apps. I have Evernote, but never use it. My fitness app is probably my brain that says “don’t eat that” or “get off your bum and MOVE” x

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      This is so funny! I would use about 6 apps every single day. I love them. Total app whore!

  2. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid 3 years ago

    Oh I’m a big fan of the Nike Running one too, the only thing is I finds it eats a lot of my battery, especially if it’s a long run and I’m listening to music too. I must check out the 7 minute workout challenge, that looks ace!

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      It’s so good! I use it if I don’t have time to head to the gym – I just do like 2 rounds if I only have 20 minutes and it’s ace!

  3. Julie 3 years ago

    I absolutely love Zombies, Run! Their 5K training app is awesome! And the zombie chase mode always gets me running faster!!

  4. Sarah 3 years ago

    I love the Nike Training app. It has a whole raft of work outs on there that you can choose from depending on how much time you have and what you want to achieve and it gives you little “awards” when you reach milestones. I used it solidly for quite a while and it’s still my back up for when the weather is particularly dismal or I just feel like staying home rather than going out to an outdoor training session.

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      I love it too! It’s great because you can pick an awesome workout and do it in the time you have. It totally stops me from being all – I only have 20 minutes so it’s not worth it!

  5. I love the 7 minute workout challenge! It’s all I can manage sometimes with the kids. Will check out the other ones you mentioned. Thx for sharing! x

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      No worries love! The 7 minute workout is perfect for mothers – I’ve lots of mates who do quick sessions while their kids are asleep!

  6. Lise 3 years ago

    I’ve been sucked into the vortex that is Strava – love that I can see who else is running the same routes as me and how much faster they are (or even, surprise surprise, when I’m the fastest – now, that’s a great day!!).

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      That’s the one thing I don’t like about my Apple Watch over my Fitbit. The social aspect is gone – I loved seeing what my mate were up to and it’s made me slightly less motivated.

  7. Barbara Erhabor 3 years ago

    I never was one for zombies but Zombies Run absolutely is the best investment I ever made. The audio clips are well produced, I love the characters and the storyline develops over the seasons. Plus I get to run with my own music. It’s great motivation to get out there!

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      How good is it? So distracting which is exactly what I need in the middle of hard core cardio!

  8. Claire 3 years ago

    I prefer My Fitness Pal to My Net Diary- has lots of Australian products on it and also links to my Misfit (a fitness tracker that I don’t have to wear on my wrist). I’ve heard good things about The 7 minute workout so will give that a go 🙂

  9. Cassie 3 years ago

    MyFitness Pal is great- tracks calories, has a bar code scanning option and also track nutrients (will alert you of not hitting a certain goal, e.g protein or vitin c). Also tracks your exercise and acts as pedometer- can’t speak highly enough of it ( I’ve actually lost 5kgs in 7 weeks using this ap- just makes me more conciliatory of what I’m
    Putting Ito my body)

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