Fitness apps to help keep New Year’s resolutions

by Editor-in-Chief Monday Sanderson

At the beginning of the year, many people make resolutions for the new year, with weight loss being the most common.

However, 80 percent of these resolutions fail by the second week of February, according to U.S. News.

In order to help those who made it their goal to lose weight or begin exercising more, here are some apps. While not all of these are best for everyone, they are a start to a healthier year and life.

Fitbit

For those who want both an accessory and an app, Fitbit is the way to go. Fitbits are wristbands that can track steps, calories and can act as a watch. Depending on the model people choose, this can also keep track of heart rate and sleep patterns.

For those who want the most basic features, the Fitbit Flex sells for around $23 on Amazon. For those who want one of the more advanced ones, like the Charge HR, these prices range from $80-$150.

With each device, users can download an app where they can view all the data the device collects. This app also allows users to track their meals, water intake and exercise.

While these devices may be slightly expensive, they are a good investment for people who forget to take their phone everywhere

MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal is a free app for both Android and Apple. The app contains a calorie counter, exercise tracker and a community forum.

This app is one of the most popular fitness apps. One of its features is a food tracker.

MyFitnessPal has a database of more than 5 million foods, a barcode scanner and a recipe importer. These features help users track their nutrition intake.

Sworkit

For people who have no idea on how to begin exercising, Sworkit is the app for them.

Sworkit, which stands for “Simply Work It,” offers different exercise videos. The videos feature personal trainers demonstrating different exercises and routines.

People can choose standard workouts or customize them by changing the workout length or the areas the workout targets.

For users who would like to work out with their younger siblings or their children, the company also has a separate app for kids.

HealthyWage

While some people are motivated to exercise for themselves, there are others who need an extra incentive. HealthyWage is just that app.

HealthyWage allows users create a goal, place a wager and then win money if they meet their goal. The higher the goal, the more money participants earn.

However, the catch is if the participant does not meet their goal, they lose the money they wagered.

This app has high stakes rewards in order to motivate people to meet their weight-loss goal.

Lose It

While most other apps may track calories, this app’s goal provides a specific goal for each user to reach. When users first sign up, the app creates this goal based on the information they provide.

The app allows people to scan barcodes, search for foods or manually enter in the calories of each food.

The app also adapts to the user’s activity levels. The number of calories a person can consume changes with the exercise they log in the app.