Have you just remembered about your ‘summer bod’ pledge from last year!? Or are you simply on a health kick at the moment?
Whatever the motivation, it seems more and more of us are jumping on the fitness and wellness trend. In fact, the wellness and fitness industry is expected to top £22.8 billion in the UK alone by 2020. It’s hardly surprising, especially when at the start of every year so many people opt for the common resolution of improving their fitness!
Luckily, there are plenty of apps designed to help you stick to your goals this year. Health supplements supplier Pharma Nord counts down some of the best apps to get you motivated:
If you’re a smoker, quitting can seem daunting. Quitting smoking is something five million people in the UK tried to do in 2017, but one in five didn’t achieve a month without a cigarette. With the Smokefree app, you will be provided with daily tips, advice and support over a 28-day programme. Better still, you’ll be rewarded if you meet your goals! The app states that you are up to five times more likely to quit for good If you stay smoke free for the four-week programme.
Life’s just a game, right? This app treats fitness as a classic video game and sets you challenges to complete using no more than a chair, your own weight or a wall. These tasks are set daily for seven months and each day you miss, you will lose a life (you start with three). If you lose all three in a month, your progress is reset to zero. Stick with it and you’re sure to see results!
Price: Free, or £3.99 per month for premium
Sworkit is a brilliant app for those who don’t find the crowded gym appealing. With their ‘no gym, no excuse’ slogan, it pretty much speaks for itself. With a host of exercise ideas and programmes to choose from, including strength, cardio and stretching, you can mould your perfect workout. The app will deliver an array of exercises to follow during your session and is a great option for those who already have a good knowledge of where they want to target.
Price: Free, with the options of in-app purchases
Couch to 5k
If you want to get into running, but you’re new to the game, Couch to 5k is for you. Presented by Public Health England, it builds you up gradually with a mix of running and walking so that within 9 weeks you should be able to run 5 kilometres (3.1 miles). There’s also a choice of five virtual trainers to help you on your fitness journey and keep you motivated.
You can’t out-train a bad diet. While the odd takeaway or cheat meal is often encouraged by health experts, so too is portion control. The NHS’s calorie checker is a great way to monitor your intake, with over 150,000 food and drink itemised products showing the calorie and fat content.
Get itfrom: NHS website
With these apps in tow, you have a much better chance at succeeding. Whether that’s by quitting smoking, improving your diet or upping your exercise regime, these helpful tools can be a great aid for your targets. Good luck!