What the Tech? Fitness apps
Just a few days into the new year and fitness instructors will tell you some new members have stopped coming in for workouts.
Getting into better shape is always one of the top New Year's resolutions, but we all know it's one of the easiest to break.
Apps can help, and there are hundreds of apps in both app stores that claim they can whip us into shape. An app isn't going to do the work for us. But they can get and keep us on track.
Here are three of my favorites:
Running is no fun for most people, but the app Zombies Run makes it more exciting. Zombies Run is a scary place to start your exercise plan. The app tells a story that urges you to run as you listen to it. A few minutes into starting the app, someone yells through a radio transmission: "Is anyone alive down there?" The app tells the story of a Zombie Apocalypse. Occasionally, while you're jogging, the zombies give chase, and you'll hear through your earbuds, "Run!!!" The app keeps track of your time and distance. It's well produced with actors and sound effects. If you're terrified by the thought of exercise and zombies, this one is what you're looking for.
For a total body workout, look at Strongr Fastr. You choose how many days you want to work out and for how long and how much time will include cardio. You'll get a detailed workout
program with instructional videos along with a diet plan. It's available for iPhones and Android devices. Take note of the spelling, Strongr Fastr has no "e's" for some reason.
And for anyone looking to bulk up or get toned in the weight room, my favorite exercise app is Strong. This app includes weight lifting workouts you can follow, or create your own but the real plus with this app is the ability to keep track of your workouts. How much did you bench-press and how many reps? Those are important records for anyone who spends time in the weight room but who doesn't want to take a pen and paper to record their achievements. There's also an Apple Watch version and Strong sends your progress to its Health app and keeps track of calories burned.
Gyms and fitness centers will be back to their usual number of people working out very soon. These apps might help you make exercise a habit and keep you from breaking those New Year's resolutions.