We all spend a lot of time on our phones — maybe too much. Americans on average check their social media a shocking 17 times a day and we spend about 1/4 of our awake hours on our phones in general. This leads a lot of us into a very sedentary lifestyle. Our swiping right on Tinder and through Snapchat filters has really only given a workout to our thumbs.
Wouldn’t it be great if the time spent on our phones and technology helped us get fit? If every Netflix episode you watched turned into a two-mile run and every healthy meal you pinned on Pinterest was what you actually ate (instead of a bag full of Doritos). Well, life doesn’t exactly work that way, but our phones can lead us to a more fit lifestyle.
The health and fitness app market is exploding right now. There are actually more than 8,000 health and fitness apps to download in iOS and Google Play Store — no shortage of help and motivation to become a healthier you. It’s like having your own personal trainer in the palm of your hand.
We’ve collected some of the best fitness apps of 2016. So, put all that swiping and scrolling to use and read on, iWantToGetFit!
1. Zombies Run
There is nothing like a Zombie Apocalypse to get you up off the couch. This app actually mocks the end of the world. The more you run the closer you get to achieving each mission, collecting necessities for your base camp and saving other survivors. With over 200 missions you never run out of reasons to run. This will definitely help you with your mission to get fit!
We’ve all heard the “drink more water” mantra and read the “I Drank Two Gallons Of Water A Day Here’s What Happened” articles, but sometimes it’s so hard to remember to get your sips in. I feel guilty when I don’t gulp, but the Waterlogged app works so that you remember to get enough water. The app allows you to record the ounce size of your favorite water bottles and set reminders for yourself. This app will make you want to see the glass half empty!
3. iSleep Easy
Those nights of tossing and turning do nothing to promote a healthier, happier life. A good night in the sheets is essential for your memory, attention, and helps your body rejuvenate. iSleep Easy is an app that offers different guided meditations to help you fall asleep fast. There is also a “rescue” meditation for those dreaded nights where you wake up and can’t fall back asleep. Forget that warm glass of milk, I think this app will do the trick.
Many 20something’s excuse for not being the best, healthiest version of themselves is that they don’t have enough time. Well, got five minutes? This app will give you an efficient and effective workout in five to seven minutes. It also provides a whole new reason to take a selfie. The camera on your phone can be used to record your movement and give you feedback on your form. You don’t even need to leave the house to get a personal trainer!
5. Motion Traxx
This is the one app that makes you go from not feelin’ to feelin’ a work out is your playlist. Sometimes it’s hard to come up with the perfect songs for your workout swagger. This Motion Traxx app has got your back. Just turn up the volume and leave the rest to them. The app uses your motion to determine what songs match and will heighten your intensity. They also have trainers that guide the several options for workouts!