Since purchasing my Fitbit Flex, I’ve become quite the Fitness app nut. From Food Tracking apps to Fitness Motivation apps, I’ve pretty much tried it all. So which are the best apps to help track your fitness goals you ask? Well here are my favourites.
It should come as no surprise that the Fitbit app is one of my favourites. The app syncs automatically with my Flex through Bluetooth and helps track my daily steps, calories burnt and my sleep activities. Fitbit then evaluates my historical data and gives me a weekly progress report.
You’re given 4 options to pick as the goal you’d like to achieve; Daily Steps, Daily Distance Walked, Daily Calories Burnt or Daily Active Minutes. Fitbit also provides little reminders to encourage you to complete your goal and works with apps like MyFitnessPal to track calorie consumption, aiding you with your weight loss objectives.
Although you can add your completed activities, their database is pretty limited. To key in a Crossfit session, I log it as Calisthenics and Weight Lifting (I had to do a bit of research on the Fitbit forums to get to this).You do have to take the amount of calories burnt with a grain of salt but it’s still a fantastic way to track your fitness progress.
Although Fitbit has a food database, I’ve been a long time user of the MyFitnessPal app so it was definitely a bonus that both apps sync together easily.
The calorie counter and diet tracker app has pretty much one of the largest food databases around (you can even track food unique to the Asian region) and allows you to track not only the amount of calories consumed but the amount of Carbs, Fat, Protein, Sodium and Sugar each food item contains. You can even track the amount of Water you consume daily.
Once you’re done logging your food for the day, the app calculates your projected weight loss for the week.
You can track your activities through the MyFitnessPal app but the database of available activities isn’t as extensive as the Fitbit’s.
Pact (originally called GymPact) is a Fitness Motivation app which uses cash stakes to help you achieve your fitness goals. You’re basically given 3 pacts to choose to commit to: the Gym Pact, the Food Log Pact and the Vegie Pact. I’ve personally picked both the Gym and the Food Log Pact, syncing my Pact app with both MyFitnessPal and Fitbit.
If you fulfill your Pact for the week, you’re rewarded (according to the Pact website) ‘between $0.30 to $5 per week, depending on the number of activities committed’. Should you fail to fulfill your Pact, you could be charged $5 or more (depending on how much you assign to be charged per day).
This is however flexible. You’re allowed to schedule a break should you not be able to work on your pact for the week (especially handy when you decide to take a break during the holidays).
Having that monetary incentive helps keep me in check with my fitness goals and even makes me feel like a working athlete (albeit a poorly paid one).
If you forget to check-in at your gym or log the food you’ve consumed, you’re pretty much at risk of losing money and the amount you lose does far outweigh the amount you earn, but as they say ‘it’s better than nothing’.
Give these fitness apps a shot if you’re interested and let me know which ones you swear by!