5 Cool Fitness Apps You Need To Try

MyPlate by Livestrong 

Price: Free
Available on: iPhone, Android, Blackberry 

The cool thing about MyPlate is that it allows users to see a breakdown of how their day’s going as soon as they launch the app.  The front screen displays a breakdown of calories consumed for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, exercise calories burned, water consumption and how many calories the user has remaining for the day. 

Similar to the other apps mentioned, MyPlate allows users to search foods from a large database that includes specific restaurant meals and user-added recipes. Another added perk of MyPlate? The way the app integrates other forms of tracking into their services, “[My dietician] recommended MyPlate to me because you can use it to count nutrients, not just calories, and she had given me specific guidelines for a couple different nutrients that I needed to follow,” HC Life Editor and UNC Chapel Hill senior Michelle Lewis says. “Ever since I started tracking what I ate on MyPlate, I've lost 19 pounds!” A breakdown of your daily “plate” may help uncover bad eating habits or times when eating healthy seems to be put on the back burner. And let’s not forget that the app also keeps you up-to-date on your water intake, another important piece of any eating plan or fitness regimen. Looking for a support network as well as a fitness tool? The app, powered by Livestrong, has a community message board in which users can share successes, inspiration, and meal ideas among other things. Whether you are looking to shed pounds, track your work out progress or ensure your food choices are providing you with enough nutrients, it looks like MyPlate may be your answer.


Price: free to download, other costs vary
Available on: iPhone 

‘Tis almost the season for beach bodies, ladies, and we’re sure you’ve got more than a couple of friends interested in trimming down before summer. Want to add a fun added incentive to dropping pounds? Try DietBet, the app that allows users to bet against others that they can lose 4 percent of their body weight in 4 weeks, with teams of friends or other users. It works by allowing users to input their money into a virtual “pot,” and whoever has lost 4 percent of their body weight by the end of 28 days gets a share of the money! While the app may be a get-fit-quick scheme for those looking to drop pounds, don’t consider it a get rich quick scheme, as DietBet has some pretty stringent rules to ensure there is no cheating. After joining the site, users are asked to upload a picture of themselves on a scale, with the number indicating their starting weight. This number is not disclosed to other users, however your progress is, through body weight percentage lost. Finally, after a month, whoever is able to upload a “final weight” picture that meets the bet’s requirements, wins a share of the money originally put up. Nothing like some friendly competition and the chance to win a couple of bucks to get you into the workout spirit! Who knows, you might be able to combine your profits from DietBet and Gympact and fund a new bikini purchase to show off that rockin’ bod!   

When it comes to trying out fitness apps, you really have nothing to lose (except pounds!). Not only will fitness apps help guide your food and beverage choices, but you may find the satisfaction behind logging in an awesome workout or hitting your goal water intake more rewarding than you think. Not to mention, these apps are free—perfect  for any collegiette’s budget. You use your phone for everything else, why not use it for something that will directly benefit you in a major way?