The Best Fitness Apps and Videos – pa’ rebajar
It is that time of year, no? When we’re thinking about feasting — and then a little self-induced famine? When we’re thinking that this will be the year to make healthy choices, to bring on weight loss and seek tips and advice for keeping it all off.
Over here, as I have become a cuarentona, and don’t feel my best unless I move my body, I have found quick hits via free smartphone applications and online video workouts.
My best fitness apps are quick and easy. Something I can do in my office alone, to burn a few calories while I attempt better fitness and healthy living. Some of the programs are as good as having your own workout trainer, nutritionist and coach — and for free!
I never thought I would be using apps for fitness as much as I do. But, the times, they are a changing, for sure.
Calorie Counter Apps
Log your food intake and exercise to keep track of fitness progress. iPhone and Smart phone apps and/or online support is available for these:
App for Healthy Food Choices
Fooducate is a free an app that scans packaged food bar codes and gives them a grade, based on nutritional guidelines. It tells you why the product got the grade — like sugar content, food dyes or transfats, etc. And, it offers alternatives.
In my family, the 8-year-old scans all food wants before we decide whether to purchase them. We have left many, many foods on the shelf — and made healthier choices — because of this free app.
Free Fitness Workout App
Skimble is a free collection of workouts you can do via your mobile device for the whole body, or specific body parts, like legs, core, arms. There also are two-minute challenges, yoga and interval timers for specific workouts. (I love the 12 Minute Fat Burn Plan.) The digital voice on the workout trainer is not so fun, but hey, it’s free and fabulous.
It is available in iTunes and Android. By the way, you can add specific workouts to your calendar, and if you have Apple TV watch the workouts on your TV.
Tabata Timers for Quick Workouts
Tabata is a high intensity interval training workout. It’s a rapid-fire four minutes of intense exercise of your choosing for 20 seconds, an 8 second rest in between — for eight reps total. The purpose is to burn fat and build endurance quickly.
It is insane at full tilt, but easily modified to your fitness level — at least that is how I do it. You can sprint, jump, jump rope, run in place, do mountain climbers, squats, pushups, planks, or whatever works for you. You also can use a recumbent bike and a treadmill is not recommended for the Tabata protocol.
You can buy Tabata timers, or just download free apps to your phone.
Who doesn’t have 4 minutes, eh?
Stretch for Fitness Apps
iCore Stretch Women’s offers 12 stretches using a fitness ball via video, and narrated by the trainer Alexandra Laws. It is free, a great price for a professional quality stretch program. (There is a version for men, too.)
Free Fitness Videos Online
Women’s Health Magazine has some great workout videos online. There’s everything from butt exercises to back fat busters to arm workouts. Great quick hits you can do in the privacy of your own house.
Meet Yoyi, a hard-bodied Colombiana from Los Angeles who has a YouTube bilingual fitness channel called Fiteate con Yoyi, which she writes is Spanish slang for “get yourself fit.” You can find workouts for a variety of levels. Here is a beginner video of Yoyi’s who is featured in TuTele, a new bilingual programming effort via YouTube.
What are the best apps for fitness you have found?
Do you workout with apps?
Do you like app workouts?
If you never have used fitness and workout apps, would you try now?