10 Health and Fitness Apps To Make Getting Fit Fun

“Exercise is a dirty word. Every time I hear it I wash my mouth out with chocolate.”

Charles M. Schulz

I've previously shared about cooking, let's get physical.

1. Lose It

https://www.loseit.com/

Track calories, weight, and exercise. People who faithfully track calories in this app really do lose it.

2. Fit Bit

http://www.fitbit.com/

Lots of us around town are wearing Fit Bits or Fuel Band (by Nike) to track steps. It will even wake you up when you’re sleeping your lightest. (Don't do like Big Hoss did on Pawn Stars and tie yours to a paint shaker, that isn't honest.)

3. Fitocracy

https://www.fitocracy.com/

Fitocracy is THE social network for fitness where you encourage and level up with your friends. Great way if your closest friends don’t live nearby.

 

4. Weight Watchers

https://www.coolcatteacher.com/weightwatchers

Yes, you have to join the online Weight Watchers to use the app. It helps you stay on the program and tracks everything.

5. FitStar

http://fitstar.com/

My student Reid Ford showed me this app full of fitness videos and exercises. You can pick the type of space that you have and the time you have and it will give you videos (some free and others cost money).

6. Fitness Buddy

http://www.fitnessbuddyapp.com/

My student Mary Kate Dallas loves this app because it gets you on a fitness routine. You can make a schedule and know your workout routine for every day. It pulls from 1000+ exercises that you can do at home or in a gym.

7. YouTube

Do you know that most of your favorite fitness professionals have free videos on YouTube? Before buying another video, look them up there and try it out. (Like this video from Jillian Michaels  coolcatteacher.com/jillian )

 

8. Nike+ Running

https://secure-nikeplus.nike.com/plus/

When I ran, I LOVED this app. Sometimes I alternated this with Runkeeper (http://runkeeper.com/) – they are both great apps for tracking your run. Nike even links with Facebook and you'll hear a cheer when someone likes your run.

9. Withings

http://www.withings.com/

The withings scale tracks your body weight and BMI and will send it to an app to track your weight every day via wifi.

10. Zombies Run!

https://www.zombiesrungame.com/

This is a crazy app and yes, I've used it. I don't recommend this for kids as it scared me and I'm… ahem… older. So, in this app you're listening to a story and there are certain times you have to run to save people on an epic quest as zombies snarl at your heels. It is a fun way to run.

Many of these apps link together and even more importantly can link you to a support group to help you achieve your fitness goals. Apps can help us get fit but ultimately we're the ones who have to sweat.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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