Healthspan October 05, 2017

Thanks to the slew of fitness apps available to download to your smartphone, there’s never been an easier way to track your progress when it comes to fitness. From fitbit to zombie runs, app stores are brimming with choice. Here’s our top five fitness apps for android and iPhone to help you on your fitness journey:

1. Healthspan

Provides an innovative fitness tracking and nutrition platform that is personalised to your individual needs. Designed to work in conjunction with Nutricoach fitness trackers, the Healthspan app combines personal data with dietary intake and activity to provide you with customised Healthspan supplements that perfectly support your health goals.

The techy bit: Use to sync to your chosen fitness tracker to track motion, sleep, food, hydration and body composition to track progress over time. Simply download the Healthspan app and complete profile registration to get started. Complete short lifestyle questionnaires to receive personalised supplement recommendations. With voice and image recognition.

USP: Built in subscription service for personalised vitamin recommendations.

Get it: on android or iPhone for free.

2. RockMyRun

Provides curated playlists to help motivate you to keep going further. Working with some of the world’s most famous DJs of all genres, the app contains thousands of bespoke playlists designed to minimise the stop-start nature of running.

The techy bit: The Body Driven Music™ feature automatically personalised the music you’re listening to to reflect your body’s experience: from choosing tempos perfectly timed with your pace to synchronise with your heart rate.*

USP: Personalised playlists based on your running pace or heart rate to help motivate.

Get it: on android or iPhone for free, though a premium version is available for a monthly subscription fee. *Note, Body Driven Music™ is exclusive to membership packages.

3. Yoga studio

Offers 65 ready-made ‘classes’, available in varying abilities (beginner, intermediate or advanced), durations (15, 30 and 60 minutes) and focus ranges (strength, flexibility, balance). All available to stream or download in HD.

The techy bit: Offer in-app scheduling to help create a routine for your practice, plus the option to create your own routines from a library of poses.

USP: All videos have been developed and are performed by qualified instructors. Personalised tailoring to match your ability.

Get it: iPhone for free with in-app purchases, or on android for £3.68.

4. Instant Heart Rate: heart rate & pulse monitor by Azumio

For fitness use as opposed to medical use, this app tracks your heartbeat without the need for expensive fitness trackers.

The techy bit: Using your phone’s camera, Instant Heart Rate measures your heart rate by analysing the colour changes in blood flow from the tip of your finger.

USP: If you’re interested in checking up on your resting heart rate every now and again but don’t want to splash out on a high-end fitness tracker, this is equally as capable.

Get it: on android or iPhone for free with in-app purchase opportunities.

5. Charity miles

Allows you to raise money simply by exercising. Choose from 30 worthy causes – including: Alzheimer’s association, WWF and Stand up to Cancer - and run, walk or cycle your way to earning them money.

The techy bit: Using GPS to track the distance covered during your workout, you tally up £££ simply by carrying your phone with you. As long as you share your progress, the app’s corporate sponsors donate the money to your chosen cause.

USP: A great motivator and a good cause? What’s not to like?!

Get it: on android or iPhone for free.

Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn’t possible supplements can help. This article isn’t intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.

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