It’s hard to imagine that “getting in shape” and “iPhone” could be mentioned in the same sentence together, except for possibly adding some tone to your thumbs from texting and emailing. However, before you write off the iPhone for only the lazy and faint of heart, don’t underestimate its power to motivate people to exercise.
Just as we like our social media, e-books and Internet eye candy, we also like our fitness apps. Switched recently developed a list of what they call the best fitness applications for the iPhone, giving both the gym rat and the exercise novice some options when it comes to using a smartphone for helping them work out.
It’s certainly not why most people buy an iPhone, but there has been an increase in both fitness apps and people using fitness apps for the iPhone, and Switched points out those apps can help motivate people. The article briefly describes some of the best, which included both free and paid apps, and gave their verdict on each of the applications.
Of the paid applications, iFitness seems to be the best overall exercise app. It’s $1.99 and serves as a basic personal trainer; you can choose from 20 pre-loaded exercise and weight lifting routines, or customize your own while also recording and tracking your progress. Of the free apps, GymGoal ABC appears to be the be the winner. Similar to iFitness, it includes an extensive database of workout routines and exercises with diagrams, animations and videos. Best of all, it downloads animations to y0ur phone in case you can’t access 3G or wireless Internet. Other apps include a Navy Seals physical fitness app, a couple different running apps, and some tailored gender-specific apps.
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