Summer is coming and, by Bob, you’d better be ready. Despite the torrential downpours in the UK clouding even the most optimistic person’s thoughts of sun-drenched days, that brief window when Britain boils will soon be open and the time to get beach-body ready is here.
But rather than shedding a fortune to shed the weight paying a personal borderline psychopath in perma-Lycra to come and shout at you until you’re fit again, why not turn instead to the myriad miracles of app technology, always at hand to help you back to rude health?
Naturally, there’s an Olympic-sized array of Android apps out there to assist, so to save you the legwork in this instance, we’ve picked a fistful of our favourite phone-based fitness fanatics…
A personal trainer without the abuse, Endomondo helps you track your fitness at your pace, challenge your similarly flabby friends and even send and receive peptalks. Realtime GPS tracks your speed and distance, goals can be set, routes mapped out and graphs with all progress including calories burned displayed, making it the perfect app for running, cycling or walking.
INSTANT HEART RATE – PRO
Jim Fixx was the man who invented ‘jogging’ back in the 70s. He died of a heart-attack… while jogging. But then Jim didn’t have Instant Heart Rate – PRO, the most accurate Android heart monitor available. Using the same technique as medical pulse oximeters via your device’s camera, Instant Heart Rate – PRO doles out constantly updated heart rate measurements and real-time graphs to ensure you don’t end up in your own cardio-fixx…
If your body baring break is looming fast on the horizon, then here’s your Just Six Weeks solution to not scaring passing children. An easy to operate personal trainer offering a series of against the clock rep targets in push ups, sit ups, squats, dips and pull ups, Just Six Weeks is the Adonis-maker of Android apps.
Transforming your smartphone into a powerful training tool, this athletic little app from experts Garmin is one of the best ways to monitor your running, walking or cycling success available. Tracking you on GPS to deliver sweat-drenched speed, distance, route and calories eradicated stats, Garmin Fit even lets you pick your perfect leg-pumping soundtrack to keep you driven. The Garmin equivalent of Nike’s Nike+, there are also additional Garmin sensors you can adorn yourself with for an even more intensive exercise experience.
WEIGHT WATCHER DIARY AND GUIDE
Want to lose the lard but not big on exercise? Then eat your way slim and sleek with this handy app. Featuring a Diet Points Calculator, Barcode Scanner, Food Database and Points Tracker, no longer need you worry whether you’re allowed that chocolate éclair over the small salad, your smartphone will let you know instantly! Even though you knew full-well anyway and were just overly optimistic. With a restaurant guide and daily points and loss Widget too, with Weight Watcher Diary and Guide you’ll be waiflike in no time.