5 Cool Fitness Apps You Need To Try

In the fast-paced, on-the-go world that we collegiettes live in, it can be difficult to keep up with anything—much less an exercise regimen. However, being a part of the digital generation has its perks too! With smartphones have come a slew of weight loss and fitness apps and websites designed to assist users in creating realistic and educated fitness goals, along with assistance in reaching them. While the apps can’t do the exercising for you, that gratifying feeling you’ll receive after a logging a spin class or seeing your net calories burned for the day may give you that extra boost to stick with an exercise plan. And whether it’s convenience, encouragement, or accountability that you feel your current workout regimen is lacking, let HC’s guide help you find the best digital fitness tool for your needs. 

Lose It! 

Price: Free
Available on: iPhone, Android, Samsung S3

The name of this app says it all. A program that creates a daily caloric intake plan and indicates the specific number of calories you will burn performing an array of activities, Lose It! is truly an “all inclusive” guide to losing weight and staying on track. Lily Herman, a freshman at Wesleyan University, says consistently using the Lose It! app helped her reach her weight loss goals and make some important changes when it came to what she was eating. “I went through a period of eating a lot of gummy bears throughout the day,” she explains, “when I plugged it into Lose It! I realized my gummy bear-munching habit was adding over 300 sugary, empty calories every single day! After that, I switched over to fruits, like apples and bananas, and vegetables, like carrots or celery. I instantly felt better and was able to put my calories towards better options.”

The app also offers users the option to enter their own custom exercises, and allows you to share healthy recipes and workout suggestions. The simple, user-friendly format distinctly displays how many calories you are “under budget” and the program can also analyze your nutritional data for the week. Lily says that the food log tends to be a little scarce, but is perfect for those who may be unfamiliar with nutritional lingo and calorie calculations. If you are a collegiette just beginning to exercise and make healthier food choices, this straightforward app may be what you need to stay on track! 

Gympact

Price: app is free, missed gym sessions will cost you
Available on: Android, iPhone

Frugal fitness fanatics, this one’s for you. If you’ve ever found yourself wishing there was some added incentive to make it to the gym, (other than the lingering hope that you will have a rockin’ bod by beach season) look no further than the Gympact app. 

Created by two Harvard 2010 graduates, the app centers on the concept of behavioral economics. Users input how often and for how long they would like to work out that week, and then check in on the app every time they arrive at the gym.  Because smartphones know where you are at all times anyway, the app is able to track when you are actually checking in to your gym location and for how long you’ve stayed. 

And here’s the kicker. After an initial down payment is made, Gympact allows users to “invest” in their workouts by either fining them a minimum of five dollars for missing, or paying them for attending, with the money the “lazy cats” lost that week.  That’s right, Gympact allows you to actually make money from sticking to your workout routine. You can adjust or freeze your account for the week, which begins a new “payment period” every Sunday, but for the most part you can consider the app a mini personal trainer who is certainly not afraid to charge extra. 

MyFitnessPal

Price: Free
Available on: iPhone, Android, Blackberry

Similar to the Lose It! app, MFP offers a food and exercise log, informing you daily of your calorie intake, calories burned, and net calories. It is also equipped with specific tools to provide encouragement to its users. Daily and weekly progress reports, like the one pictured above, show how well users remained within their calorie limits and remembered to log. Along with this, the app also produces daily reminders informing other users of your small successes, another way this app stands apart from the rest. 

The very simple logging format uses a database that holds over two million foods, according to MyFitnessPal.com, and includes everything from meals offered at restaurants to brand specific items. The detailed formatting of the app helps users get a firm grasp on how many calories they are taking in during the day and how effective their exercise regimen is towards meeting their fitness goals. Accountability is the main component of MyFitnessPal and little reminders of your progress sent straight to your phone are another great way MFP keeps its users on top of things. An app that is just as serious about your fitness goals as you are? Sounds like something worth checking out.