365 Days of Health & Fitness: 5 Top Fitness Apps of 2017


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You’re trying to be trendy and up to date in the world, and stay in shape all at the same time, all the time.  So you’re searching for the best apps to help you track your fitness journeys and hopefully accomplish some goals in the process.  

But, there are so many apps.  Which ONE will work best for YOU and your own personal fitness, without a hassle and unnecessary content?

I’ve chosen a few apps to round out this list.  Some of them are random and some of them are at the top of every other article on fitness apps.  The matter of it is that there is a fitness app that will fit your routine specifically and even if it’s not on this list, it is out there.  

Use this list to get started.  It may be best to use a few different apps at first, to get a feel for how each one suits you before you make your final decision.  Some of you, on the other hand, will download the first one at the top of this list, which wouldn’t hurt anything because it appears at the top of all the ‘best apps’ lists relating fitness for 2017:

My Fitness Pal
It’s probably at the top of the list because it’s awesome.  It’s the most basic way to watch your weight and lose weight or gain weight if that’s what you’re into.  

My Fitness Pal is a calorie counter with a ton of added benefits like tracking foods that you eat every day for calories and nutrients.  Along with counting calories, the app allows you to log your exercise and daily step count as you chart your progress and review nutrition reports, which displays a history of your calories, macros, and nutrient intake.

Log your water intake and customize your own food diary to include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks so that you get a real, full evaluation of your dietary habits.  

If that’s not enough for you, there may not be anything that does actually work for you, but keep reading to find more apps more specifically designed to your tastes.

Sworkit
Short for “Simply WORK IT”, this app was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank in 2016 and has progressively become a popular fitness app for gurus and beginners alike.

My favorite feature is the free kids’ version of the app.  It’s never too early to teach children the importance of health and fitness.

It was rated number one by a Florida University Study and American College of Sports Medicine for stretching, progression and other strengths within the parameters of a healthy exercise routine.

The app is free unless you really love it and decide to sign up for the premium version for $19.99 per year, which gives you access to a personal trainer that can help you assess your exercise routine for errors and answer questions you have.
More than just what it stands for, this app can track and map all of your ‘routes’, giving you feedback and statistics along the way, and you can track and map your workouts too, with over 600 activities including running, yoga, cardio and more.

This is a great app for travelers that are also looking for safe spots to run (or walk) while it maps out routes in your area.  Share your journeys with other users in the community and friends that are connected to the app.

Another great feature includes connecting with Android Wear so you can view your progress ‘on the go’.  

Consider the audio feedback on each run that using GPS trackers, with customizable voice feedback. Just another reason to give this app a try.

Pocket Yoga
While it’s awfully difficult to find a reasonable Yoga App, Pocket Yoga is full of great reviews with an average 4.4 out 5 star rating.  And again, it’s reasonable.

Because it’s simple.

There are over 200 pose images, illustrating correct posture and alignment, with previews available so you know if you should try them or not.

The really great part about this app is the ability to maintain an ongoing log of your yoga practices, so you can track your progress!  Keep it up, you’re doing fine!

Diet Bet
This one made the list out of sheer popularity among my social circles.

Some people enjoy working out, some people enjoy saving money, and even more, making money!

This app is full on motivation in your pocket (on your device of course), structuring your weight loss around gambling.  Choose a plan, 4% or 10% weight loss in 4 weeks or 6 months, respectively, and win money from the pool of other ‘players’ that have also bet they could lose that amount of weight.  

My friends like it because instead of focusing on their weight loss struggles, they’re focused on losing the weight so they don’t lose the money they bet!  Good plan!

Overall, there are hundreds, if not thousands of health and fitness apps and trackers on the internet today.  These caught my eye and I thought they were worth sharing to help get you started on your own fitness goals.

Remember, if you can’t find something here that works for you, keep hunting.  The trick is to really get involved with your app.  Make it your new best friend.  Update it when updates are required and involve yourself in your own journey.  Your app will work better and your body will thank you.

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