My workout routine took an unfortunate turn when the holidays hit, and I’m struggling to get back now that life has slowed down a bit. If you’re like me and are starting from ground zero, here are 3 fitness apps that might come in handy. Keep in mind: If you’re looking for hard core workout apps, or serious calorie trackers, these probably won’t be for you.
But if you’re looking for some inspiration and help getting kickstarted, I think you’ll like these three.
The Fjuul app (pronounced fuel, get it?) taps into your iPhone’s sensors to track all your activity, whether it’s dancing around with your kids, walking around the grocery store, or running up the stairs for bedtime. You can set goals, what they call “Fjuul points,” to see how much you’re moving and hopefully, make changes based on how well you’re hitting your goal. And, no extra gadgetry needed since it uses what’s already on your phone to determine how well you’re doing. (free, iOS)
What I like: It takes into account all your movement, so if you happen to skip the gym but end up walking your kids to and from school, you’re getting credit for that activity.
What I don’t like: You need to have your phone on you all the time because that’s how it’s tracking your movement. Depending on how big your phone is (I’m looking at you iPhone 6+), this can be tricky.
Bottom Line: If you’re pretty sedentary and just need to get moving, this app can be pretty motivating.
Similar to Fjuul, Lark also uses the sensors on your phone, but instead of just tracking activity, Lark uses the sleep data, the movement data, and the food data (that you need to enter on your own) to give you support along with helpful tips in the form of a virtual workout companion. Yes, it actually communicates with you via a text-like conversation, even checking in on you during the day to see how things are going. (free, iOS + Android)
What I like: It’s nice having a supportive “person” checking in on you and giving you high-fives, especially if you don’t have the benefit of a workout buddy. Plus, you can stop bothering your friend about those fries you ate and let Lark tell you what might have been a better alternative instead.
What I don’t like: Like Fjuul, you need to keep your phone with you.
Bottom Line: If you’re serious about getting healthy but aren’t yet ready for hard core workouts and calorie counting, this app is a great way to get you started.
Unlike other calorie apps out there, Calorific doesn’t track calories at all. Instead, it’s just a giant catalog of photos all showing how much food is equal to 200 calories. You can peruse the photos they offer, or do a search for something specific, whether you’re trying to figure out what to snack on, or use to make a meal. (free, iOS)
What I like: You get a quick, clear understanding of portion control, which can be really helpful if you’re trying to make better eating choices.
What I don’t like: In order to get all the photos, you need to upgrade and pay. But to be fair, the free version is enough to get you started.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking to make changes to your diet, this can be a super helpful way to visualize it.