I know there are some days that a girl needs a little help staying healthy. It’s hard to know where to turn when you want to be healthy but don’t know where to start. Thankfully, in our day and age there are apps for everything. I have used TONS of free weight loss apps. I am going to show you a few of my favorites that did wonders for me. Everything from teaching me actual exercises, tracking my progress, calorie counting … all for FREE!
Pandora – If you don’t already know, Pandora is a wonderful app that creates personalized radio stations using your favorite music. All you have to do is pick your favorite band, or a song that you love and Pandora will play music that has similar characteristics. I love it because it shows me bands and songs that I have never heard of before. It’s a great way to find new music. There is one downside to this app. If you get the free version you do have to listen to ads, and you can only skip a few songs at a time before Pandora cuts you off. If you pay for the full version, you can skip all the songs you want and no ads. Honestly, the ads are so short that it doesn’t bother me too much, but if it bothers you the full version is only 3.99 a month.
Podcasts – I am a big supporter of podcasts. Mainly because the people doing the podcasts are like me starting their own business, and giving advice and tips. You can find a podcast on pretty much everything. You can even find books on tape in every genre. I especially enjoy comedy podcasts like the Mark Maron WTF podcast. There are also a ton of nutrition podcasts as well, my new favorite is Latest in Paleo. I don’t 100% agree on everything he says, but he always has all the latest news about nutrition from all over the world. Podcasts are completely customizable and FREE! What’s not to love, it’s the radio only better material and no commercials.
Daily Workouts FREE – This is a great set of workouts you can download and reuse as many times as you want for free. It focuses on different body parts depending on what you want to work on like abs, arms, butt, legs and even cardio. It goes through a list of exercises in the time you set. You can even set it to 5 minutes for the busy person on the go. This is a great app for beginners just starting out. The exercise are easy to follow and again absolutely free. Of course, there is a version you can pay for with more exercises, but you can get by with the free version with no problem.
JeFit – This app is very similar to the app above, but it is not for beginners. I just discovered this app and I am completely in love. This app is perfect for a person who already goes to the gym, and is looking for a better way to structure their workout. I have a specific gym schedule where I work on different body parts each day, which most people do. It gives your muscle groups time to rest while working on others (but I’ll save explaining that schedule for another day, stay tuned ). You set up your gym schedule right from the app. Set up which days you want to work on abs, arms, chest, etc. And from there you add exercises that work on those body parts specifically. They have an incredible list of exercises to choose from, even a few that I didn’t know about. If you are serious about your workout, this app is a must have!
My Fitness Pal – So of course, you can spend hours at the gym but if you ruin it by eating junk it won’t get you anywhere. This is where My Fitness Pal comes in. Think of this app as your calorie/food diary. Using this app, you can count how many calories you are eating at any given meal by selecting the food from their database and adding it to your diary. You will be amazed at some of the calorie counts of your favorite foods. It may cause you to re-think what you thought was healthy. But being informed is the first step…right?! You can even scan barcodes of food to add it to your diary, which saves a ton of time and let’s face it…It’s pretty cool! You can also figure out how many calories are in your mother’s meatball recipe as long as you know the ingredients. This app even has a section to let you know how many calories you burned at the gym that day and it will subtract it from your calories in your diary. It is a great way to track your progress too, and see where you may be going wrong in the food department.
So there is my list of free weight loss apps that have helped me during my weight loss journey. And the best part about them is they are FREE! And we all have spent a lot of unnecessary money on weight loss schemes, don’t fall for it.
There is nothing better than some knowledge, hard work, and determination with some help from some free weight loss apps along the way of course.