Cool new fitness apps for your smartphone
Fitness apps on smartphones can be clubbed into two categories. The first includes apps which require users to buy separate wearables from Fitbit or Xiaomi. Then there are stand alone apps which work directly on the smartphone. These fitness apps can help users discover healthy recipes, track their weight loss progress and help them lead a healthy life through simple meditation based exercises.
Here are some health and fitness apps which you can use right away.
The Weight Monitor
Free (Rs 4,750 basic course)
This health app is designed to help users get back in shape again. It is developed by Delhi based online portal The Weight Monitor and published by IDK Heathcare. Free users can maintain a food diary and can connect it with a Fitbit tracker, if they are already using one, so they can integrate details such as steps walked, calories burned and exercises in it. Premium users get more benefits such as unlimited online support, customized diet plans and real time access to a personal nutritionist. The basic plan which lasts 3 months cost Rs 4,750.
Apptiv: #1 Audio Fitness app
Free (Rs 650 per month for premium users)
This is an audio based fitness app which offers workout programs for users who don’t want to go to a gym or hire a personal trainer. So if you have treadmill at home, it can guide you like a real trainer. It also offers programs for users interested in ab workouts, elliptical training, outdoor running and yoga. There are special programs for pregnant women as well. The length of the programs depend the type of exercise you are interested in. Classes for beginners are 7 minutes long while the more complex ones take up to an hour. Premium users can download and listen to them in offline mode. The app provides free access to all features for 7 days, after which users have to pay Rs 650 per month to enjoy the full benefits.
RunTasty-Healthy Recipe Book
Popular fitness app Runtastic is now trying to help users discover healthy food recipes approved by professional dietitians. The app offers over 40 different recipes divided into categories such as fish & seafood, dairy-free, sugar-free, vegan, and gluten-free. Users can read up the recipes in the traditional text format or they can watch the step by step video version of the same. Users can rate a recipe if they liked it and also save it in their favourite recipes list so they won’t have to look for it again. It is a free app and doesn’t show any annoying banner ads, yet.
Breethe- Guided Meditation and Mindfulness
Breethe can help users relax, sleep better and combat anxiety and tiredness through simple meditation based exercises. It offers over 100 different types of exercises. For example, Morning meditation offers refreshing musical track with simple breathing exercise. For professionals with hectic lifestyle, there are two minute meditations which are done with eyes open. It is free and doesn’t require a paid subscription. It is published by OMG I can mediate.