Two of the most popular New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight and get in better shape, especially for those who overindulged themselves during the holidays with food and drink. While joining a health club to shed excess pounds and exercise more is a common solution, the price or time spent will not suit everyone. Luckily, with an abundance of apps from Apple’s App Store, it’s not surprising to find fitness-related apps to download without having to invest in a costly gym membership.
Starting off the New Year with a commitment to a healthier lifestyle can be found by visiting any local health club. Staff and long time gym members already know that January is a peak month for new member sign ups, with the prospect of additional revenue through personal training, massage therapy or other club services. While it’s generally helpful for first time fitness buffs to work with a fitness professional, it’s not mandatory. Nevertheless before beginning any new exercise routine, individuals should at least consult with a fitness professional or better yet, a medical professional for advice.
To signal the New Year, Apple’s App Store has created a special section – “New Year – New You” with five categories – Your Body, Your Mind, Your Money, Your Time and Your Job. The Your Body category, containing 12 featured apps, can be of particular interest to anyone who wants to fight the holiday bulge, acquire fitness-related information and sample exercise routines.
Among the best apps worth considering for fitness newbies are Gorilla Work: Athletic Fitness (.99) and Fitocracy (free). Others like Daily Burn and Strava are top rated free apps with sample videos and paid monthly to yearly subscriptions. Fitness Pro ($19.99) is another app to consider, however many users might balk at its price and paid monthly subscriptions. For runners, the Nike+ Running (free) app is the most popular running app on iTunes but later may require additional purchases such as Nike shoes, a Nike+ SportWatch, SportBand or some other gadget. The Nike+ app has a number of outstanding features, such as determining pace, distance, calories and GPS. In all, despite having to purchase apps and monthly subscriptions, the investment may pay off with the loss of unwanted weight and a more active lifestyle.
The “New Year – New You” section of the App Store only displays a select group of outstanding apps but definitely are not the only apps available for health and fitness. In fact that are well over 200 different apps available through the iTunes/App Store although it might take some time to sample them.
A good suggestion for users of iTunes is to simply start with downloading one or more free featured apps in the “New Year – New You” section. After an iPhone or iPad user hopefully decides to continue beyond January with a fitness/healthy lifestyle plan, then any of the paid fitness apps might be worth investing in. But above all, before undergoing a new fitness plan, it’s important to understand the risk involved in exercise, particularly those individuals who have one or more risk factors, including high blood pressure, asthma, obesity etc. If that is the case, then it’s very important to consult with a fitness or medical professional prior to beginning a new program.