A Warrior's Guide to the Best Fitness Apps In 2021
From tracking calories to keeping up with your workout regime, getting fit can be a challenge. Luckily, technology is here to the rescue in the form of fitness apps. With a variety to choose from, we’ve rounded up our top picks to help you achieve your 2021 fitness goals.
My Fitness Pal has been a top gunner in the world of fitness apps and there are plenty of reasons for that. This app is an overall overachiever, with multiple functionalities. It allows you to log your exercise stats, record calorie intake, change habits, and several options to customize your workouts. It even has a restaurant menu log functionality that allows you to track calories even when you eat out. For a small fee, you can also access the app’s vast library of over 350 workouts!
Fitness and nutrition go hand-in-hand. With proper nutrition, you will be able to fast-track your results and reach your goals in a more healthy and sustainable way. This app helps you track more than just calories. With a barcode scanner, nutrition data input is easy and you get a complete nutrition breakdown of the food scanned. The macronutrient ratios are shown in simple charts and the food-grade system is easy to understand. It also offers recipes and diet tips. The only downside is that there is a fee-based upgrade for specialized diet tracking and ad-free-service.
Sworkit is a flexible app that lets you select between strength, cardio, yoga, or stretching. The app adjusts to your personal goals, factoring in the amount of time you have to work out. The app’s impressive approach makes it suitable for beginners with no access to a gym or equipment. There is also the option of hiring personal trainers through the app for one-on-one coaching. Available on iOS and Android.
8fit lets you create personalized workouts and meal preps. The app's features are designed to give your proactive reminders, suggestions and instructions making it great for those of us who have a hard time staying on track. The app lets you choose a goal and based on an assessment, 8fit curates a fitness plan just for you. The app comes with a free plan and a pro plan.
This app has made name for itself, for being one of the best short workout apps around. The app gives you a choice of quick circuit training workouts that can be done in between daily activities at a level you are comfortable with. The equipment for these workouts is minimal and includes simple exercises. If seven minutes is too short for you, there are other options for longer sessions available. To keep you going, there are audio and visual cues for starts and stops. The app is free on Android, iOS, and Amazon.
Part of being strong includes knowing when you need a little extra help. When choosing a fitness app, consider your budget (for paid apps) and the features that will best help you meet your goals (i.e. if you need customizable workouts, tracking, or extra motivation).
Warriors never give up – take advantage of the apps most instrumental to keeping you on track and accountable!