From The Washington Post By: We spend too much time staring at our phones — just ask the pedestrians we almost walk into on a daily basis. If scrolling through your phone’s news feed or swiping right were Olympic sports, we’d definitely take home a medal. But in reality, the only things getting a workout are our thumbs. That’s not to say your phone can’t help you lead a healthier, happier life. You just need to know the right apps to download.
The health and fitness website Greatist.com tested hundreds of health and fitness apps to come up with its list of the best of 2016. The website looked at whether an app had been highly rated by users, provided something unique and was easy to use. It also looked at reliability, whether it drained a smartphone’s battery and whether the app had the ability to “grow and innovate.” Below is a selection of the fitness-related apps it liked. (To see the full list of 39 apps, go to greatist.com/fitness/best-health-fitness-apps.)
If you have wanted to try running but never known where to start, download Couch to 5K. The free eight-week program gives users three workouts per week that get you ready for your local turkey trot or Fourth of July road race. (Free; iOS and Android.)
Running becomes way more fun when each step gets you closer to carrying out your mission, collecting materials for your base camp and keeping humans safe from the zombie apocalypse. There’s a reason this game became the highest-grossing health and fitness app on iTunes in just two weeks: Even though it’s free to download, you’ll start shelling out money like you do for Candy Crush. Except that this game helps you get your sweat on. (Free with optional in-app purchases; iOS and Android.)
Fitnet is the workout app for people who can’t carve out time to go to the gym. The app features an abundance of five- and seven-minute targeted workouts, so you don’t have to sacrifice time with your friends and family to achieve your fitness goals. In addition, the app uses your phone’s camera for a whole new kind of selfie — one that measures how closely you follow the moves shown on the screen. (Free with optional in-app purchases; iOS and Android.)