Soon, the weather will be warming up with the halcyon days of summer ahead — the perfect time to get back into tip-top shape. This list of handy smartphone apps will help you get your health and fitness on track.
Your best efforts may minimise the risk of sports injury, but they can't completely eradicate it. The Elastoplast sports injury management app is full of information about how to best wrap, tape and manage sports injuries.
Track your training with Nike's GPS. It records your running paths and allows you to push yourself further by tracking your ongoing training pattern. You can also create your own exercise music playlist.
This ab routine app is designed to tone up your tummy muscles — something we all become a bit more conscious of as swimsuit weather approaches. It contains 30 exercises with video instructions, and you can do different workout routines, depending on your pace.
If you wake up when you're in a deep sleep, you can feel tired and irritable for the rest of the day. The Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock is designed to wake you up when you are in your lightest sleep phase — when you're at your most rested and relaxed.
There's no Android version of this particular app, but Sleep as Android is designed to perform the same function.
Whether you're walking or running, a pedometer can help you figure out how much exercise you're doing — and how much energy you burn doing so, if you have the right one. Pedometer Free GPS+ records your time, location, distance, elevation, speed, pace and heart rate, works as a pedometer and even has different modes for different activities — Running, Walking, Cycling, Nordic walking, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Roller-skating, Skiing, Ice skating and Skateboarding.
If you ever wanted a yoga buddy, there are many apps available to do the job, but few are as comprehensive as All-in Yoga. It has over 300 poses, with detailed instructions in photo, video and audio format, customisable programs and the ability to track your workout history.
Sponsored by the NSW Government and the NSW Food Authority, 8700 aims to help you create a healthy eating plan, personalised to your specific needs. You enter a few details and the app will give you a rough guide on how many kilojoules you can consume daily, to either maintain your current weight or to lose weight. You can also search for various types of junk food to see how many kilojoules they contain.
Though 8700 doesn't help you calculate your intake — ShapeUp Club's counter app can help. You create a personalised weight plan; track kilojoules, nutrients and water based on a food database with over 400,000 items; and keep track of it all with charts.
Gym bunnies will love Fitness Buddy. It has over 1700 exercises, including barbell, ez curl bar, dumbbells, kettlebells, resistance bands, medicine ball, machines and stability balls, as well as cardio, organised into 75 workout routines — or, you can create your own. Exercises are accompanied by instructional videos, photos and animations.
What if, instead of boring ol' regular jogging, you were being chased by zombies? What if you had to rescue other survivors, collect supplies and deliver them, all the while trying to outpace the walking dead? This is the premise behind Zombies, Run!, an audio story that you listen to over your headphones. You can set your own pace — walking, running, somewhere in between — and the app gives you missions to complete while you exercise ... and even mixes your own music in.
Exercise — and exercise by yourself — can be pretty boring. Cue Fitocracy, the program that socially gamifies your workout. It allows you to set programs, level up, unlock achievements, beat quests — and share it all with your friends. It's one of the coolest ideas for a fitness tracker we've ever seen.