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I’m going to introduce you to five health and fitness apps you can download today and start using to help you in your fitness and healthy lifestyle journey. The best part is that they’re all free.
I’ve been using them and recommend you try them out for yourself. (I think number five on my list is kind of the hidden gem that surprised me at how much I like it, considering it’s free. )
And one other tip I want to give you, after I go over this first app, I’m going to tell you where to find your subscriptions on your iPhone. I can’t do it for an Android device, but I’m going to tell you if you have an Apple device where to find the place to manage your subscriptions on your phone (because I can’t be the only person who accidentally subscribes to things through apps and then forgets how to go cancel them).
–>>This topic was covered on a recent episode of the Crunches and Cosmos podcast. You can listen to the episode right here:
*You can tap the images to navigate over to the Apple app store and see the apps for yourself.
This app has over 67,000 almost five star ratings.
Like all of the apps I’ll be talking about it’s free.
You set up the reminders about how often you want them to send you alerts to remind you to drink water during the day. (You can also choose to be reminded about some other healthy habits.)
You’ll have to put in some demographic information about your weight and age and decide how often you want notifications to remind you to stay hydrated.
Not everybody likes getting notifications during the day, but you can manage how often it notifies you. But, honestly, if you’re not using the notifications, you’re probably just going to forget about it, so I’d recommend you have a few alerts set up.
So, the notifications pop up and tell you, “It’s time to drink some water.” It’s a handy reminder.
A short interruption to tell you where you go on your Iphone to manage your subscriptions…(as promised)…
On your Apple device, you’ll go to settings and then click on the very top where you see the name of your device (where you see the words ‘Apple ID, ICloud, ITunes & App Store). Click on that.
On the next screen you’ll see subscriptions as the fourth option down the screen.
Click on ‘Subscriptions’ and you’ll find anything you’ve signed up for as a recurring charge and you can make any changes by clicking on the individual subscription.
I know. I know. That was SO EASY. You’re welcome.
Okay. Let’s move on to the next app. This one I really like. I’ve only been using it for about two weeks, but I’m really enjoying it. This one is called…
This app has over 188,000 ratings, so it’s been used a lot and it has almost all five star ratings. (4.8 is the average rating).
This app sends you motivational quotes during the day.
I’m a girl who loves a motivational quote so I’m obsessed with this one.
The quotes pop up on your phone however many times a day you want them to.
In the settings you can decide how many times a day you want to get a reminder.
You can pick the sound and the type of quotes as well.
Like most apps, the good stuff is all locked unless you upgrade to the paid version. But I’ve been using the free version, and I’m completely happy with it.
Now let’s move on to app three…
This one you may or may not think is worth your time to download. But as a health professional, I think it’s really important to have an app on your phone that tracks your menstrual cycle.
One way to know if you’re experiencing anything that’s linked to your hormone levels is to track your menstrual cycles.
This app has 81,000 ratings with an average of 4.7 stars.
So, like many apps, most of the features are locked, but all I really use it for is the calendar. And I just like the interface. I think it’s pleasing to look at. It’s a silly reason, but I like it. It’s easy to follow.
Eve tells you when you’re ovulating and it tells you when to expect your next period. That’s all most people really need to know.
So the last two apps I want to tell you about will help you with your workouts. (The last one is my favorite.)
This app has over 13,000 ratings with an average rating of 4.8.
So when you open up this app, there aren’t a ton of workouts in there, but all of them are short, time-saver HiiT style routines.
*HiiT stands for high intensity interval training which is a style of workout that uses short intense cardio intervals to maximize calorie burn in a short period of time.
There are 6 workouts to choose from:
So these will be perfect for when you’re traveling and you don’t know what workout to do.
After you select the workout you want to try the app counts down for you and announces, “Here we go,” and then it shows you a little cartoon graphic of someone doing the exercise you’re going to be doing.
So it tells you exactly what to do.
I think it’s perfect for specific scenarios. So if you’re looking for some (very) short intense workouts for whatever reason, maybe following a run or something, I think this would be perfect.
Let’s talk about number 5 on my list…
This app has over 42,000 ratings with an average of 4.8 stars.
This app is really cool. What I love about this specific app is that you get access to so much stuff without paying anything.
Now, there are a few things that you can pay for to get more features, but without paying anything, you get access to a ton of really good workouts.
So when you download it, you’re going to want to head over to the browse section of the app, and there you’ll be able to look at all the different categories of routines.
There are a ton of categories that you can do.
You can pick a workout based on a celebrity, based on the style of workout, or your goal for the workout, as in cardio, toning, HIIT, strength, pilates, yoga, stretch, before bed, prenatal, postnatal, dance, and barre. (It reminds me a little bit of the Aaptiv app, which isn’t free guys, but this layout’s very similar to Aaptiv.)
There’s also a category where you can pull up workouts based on a target area you want to work out, so booty, abs, arms, total body, legs, back, a category of intensity, and then you can pick a workout by trainer.
So if you’re familiar with the Blogilates app (or Instagram account) with Cassie Ho, then you’ll recognize her right away. She has workouts in this app.
So this is a really robust app considering it’s free. Lots of workouts and intensity levels to choose from.
I don’t remember seeing an ad pop up when I’ve tried workouts on this app but since this is free, just be ready for that.
It’s a great app I highly recommend it.
They do have a download feature, but that’s part of the pro plan which costs $35.99 cents a year or $3 a month.
That might be completely worth it. I’m not sure what your budget is, but that’s not that much. $36 a year, guys, seems reasonable to me. And like I said, if you click on “pro” then you can see the features that are included in the pro subscription. It looks like there’s quite a few besides downloading.
So yeah, check out this app. Tell me what you think. I’m super impressed.
Like I said, FitOn is the gem I found when I was researching and downloading apps and testing them out for you guys.
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