Fitness apps: which one is right for you?


Story by Valeria Munoz, Staff Writer

The assumption that technology is detrimental to one’s health has become a misconception. In fact, app creators have sought a way to connect healthy lifestyle with technology through the making of fitness applications.

Pump Up is the latest technological craze among social media networks. It has been referred to as the Instagram for fitness motivated people, but you don’t have to be a fitness freak to enjoy this app.  “Pump Up” consists of a safe community where people can share gym selfies without experiencing judgment from their friends. Other services offered through “Pump Up” include creating and managing an exercise schedule; receiving personalized coaching from trainers, tracking your progress from calories burned during your workout time, as well as obtaining healthy recipes.

Cost: Free

The app My Plate works as a food log and calorie tracker. It calculates the exact number of calories needed per day calibrated to your weight, height, and age. In order to keep an accurate record you must search the food items you have eaten throughout the day and add them to your “plate.” Another feature on the app is a quick list on the amount of proteins, fat, and carbohydrates each food item on your log contains. It also takes into account factors such as water and exercise. All in all, “My Plate” may have you thinking twice before you indulge in that extra dessert.

Cost: Free

Fitness Buddy is a well-rounded application that allows you to access quick workouts. You can also create a personalized workout by adding specific exercises. You can choose from a range of drills focusing on a certain muscle group or body part. Text and images offer assistance through an explanation about each exercise. “Fitness Buddy” tracks your progress in a calendar highlighting your achievements and upcoming training sessions.  A built in track player allows you to compose your own workout playlist as well.

Cost: $1.99

Zombies Run is an interactive fitness app that tricks you into exercising by setting the scene of a zombie apocalypse. This is achieved through radio recordings, voiceovers of runners, and zombie sound effects. Although it includes stories set in a fictional town known as Abel Township, the goal of the app is to motivate you to gather supplies and build a “safe base.” In order to advance you must make an additional purchase of buying a season or level. Keep in mind it is a fitness app and not an interactive version of The Walking Dead so the theatrics are toned down and kept appropriate in order to not traumatize runners. The option to make a playlist for your workout is available, but it may cause you to lose focus on the story and disrupt the purpose of the fitness app. There is an alternative version of the app, specifically for those training to run a 5K marathon, which is priced at $1.99.

Cost: $3.99

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