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Fitness at your fingertips!

Published : Friday, 9 February, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 252
Sumaiya Binte Salam

A new year starts off with new resolutions. Who likes to be in an oval shape? Rather all of us love to have a charming slim body. But to achieve so, we want proper guidance that is flexible and free of cost. Thankfully, we're blessed with the technology to have health and fitness apps in our mobile devices at zero cost. Forget saving up for gym memberships and personal trainer fees and turn your phone into a training tool! So, what are the benefits these apps exactly offering?
Free workout ideas
Those of us, who lack adequate time or money to hit the gym, can easily get free ideas from these apps. For instance, Nike Training Club or Vitogo can help to build up a suitable workout routine based on our current level of fitness and intended workout intensity. Also, one can never get bored from the same old workouts week after week, as the apps have a diverse collection.
Tracking the progress
There is nothing more motivational than observing your own progress. Apps such as Strava and Runkeeper track the mileage and speed whenever we go out running or cycling, using the GPS of the mobile devices. These apps make tracking our progress quicker, easier and fun. Also, we can visualize our progress through graphs, which makes it a lot easier to understand and share our records with friends.
Boosting the motivation
Working out alone can be hard and there is a chance we can give up easily. Whereas, being connected to a community of people who share the same goals can play a vital role in motivating us. Communities also allow you to gain knowledge from more experienced people.
Set goals that can be achieved
It is important to set a realistic routine that can be attained without getting yourself killed. Jumping from a sedentary lifestyle to an ultimate fitness in just thirty days is not quite a realistic and healthy plan. However, apps like couch to 5k can guide us through an achievable routine in a tested time frame. The goal of this app is to transform us from a couch potato to a 5k runner in 9 weeks and then slowly elevate the intensity to help us cover longer distance runs. Setting up realistic goals allows us to be stay positive and motivated.
Carrying our own yoga studio
Yoga develops strength and flexibility but joining yoga classes can be time consuming and hurt your wallet. Apps like Pocket Yoga or Fitstar Yoga can be real helpful as it lets you design your own routine with no commitments to attending regular classes. It also provides you instructions with diagrams to get better hang of the exercises.
Monitoring our diet everyday
Since diet is a vital portion of fitness, our smart phones can help us monitor our diet every day. There are plenty of apps that can tell us how much calories a particular food has and some also have barcode scanners. Apps like My Fitness Pal, S health, Lifesum are just three of many apps that can help to track the food intake, allowing us to stay on the path toward total fitness.
Don't just stop at reading this article. Make it happen! Try them out today and see what they can do for your fitness routine.

The writer is a student of Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, East West University

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