Top Fitness Apps ♥

Since the beginning of 2014 I’ve been trying my hardest to keep my weight down so I can feel a bit more confident. I’ve tried keeping up doing a little bit extra exercise a few days a week, and watching what I eat more. To keep track of my weight loss, I’ve been using my new Kindle Fire (available here) to help me out a little bit.

There are quite a few apps I’ve discovered that are great for using on my weight loss journey, and I’ve installed a few on my new Kindle Fire HDX Tablet. The main one I find very useful is called MyFitnessPal. It’s basically a calorie counter, which allows free access to the world’s largest nutrition and calorie database. I love the way it’s set up, as it’s very easy to use and has a diary format. You start off by entering your height and weight, and your ideal weight, and it calculates how many calories you should have a day to reach your goal in however many weeks.

So then each day you just need to enter what you have eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. You can then also add your exercise to give an approximation of how many calories you have burnt. It has basically every food in it you’d ever buy, including supermarket brands, even Lidl stuff! And even when  you go out to eat, it has all of the main high street restaurants menus in to help you choose a healthier option. It’s really simple to add up what you’ve eaten over a whole day, and then after a few days you can see a pattern emerging, and what I noticed is that I was snacking too much.

So I can see now which meals I need to reduce, and I try to have healthier snacks for between meal times. You can also add your friends to see what their diaries look like! As you can see.. this isn’t one of my particular healthy days… chocolate fingers, cookies, and skittles?! Oops. Using this app really does make you realise what you’re eating, and exactly how many calories is in each thing. And when you realise you’d have to run for 15 minutes to burn off one biscuit, it makes you think again about eating it!

When I’m running on my treadmill, I love to listen to music to help keep the pace up. I use the Spotify app to create work out playlists and then either plug in my earphones or play the music out loud! I’ve been signed up to Spotify since 2010, and I’m a premium subscriber (only £10 a month, or £5 if you’re a student!) which means I don’t have all of those annoying little adverts between tracks to spoil my rhythm!

I have saved hundreds of songs, and it’s always nice to look back over my old favourites which remind me of university times and when I spent a season working in Disney World! You also don’t have to be connected to the internet to listen to the music if you make your playlists available offline, which is useful if your gym doesn’t have wireless connection. As you can see; Fuse ODG features heavily on my work out playlist…

When I’m going for a more relaxed walk or jog on my treadmill I like to be able to watch something to take my mind off things. Time passes by much quicker when you’re engrossed in your favourite TV show! I use the Netflix app to watch TV shows and movies, and I especially enjoyed watching Michael Mcintyres stand up comedy show whilst having a little jog! I could never get into the Breaking Bad series though.. I just don’t get it? But there’s tonnes of stuff to pick from, and I’m a bit of a geek and actually enjoy watching documentaries.. especially Louis Theroux!

I also have the YouTube app on my Kindle, where you can find some great full length workouts, such as the 30 day shred with Gillian Michael (people went crazy over this a few months ago). There’s also yoga for beginners, and Blogilates! These kind of online classes are great if you don’t feel confident enough to go to a public class, or just if you prefer to stay in and save money.. all of the YouTube lessons are free!

I also have an adorable new floral Kindle case by Joules, which I think is so sweet for summer. I love the bright yellow, hot pink, and aqua colours and the gorgeous flowery pattern. It’s perfect for keeping my new tablet stylish and safe!

9 Comments

  1. March 5, 2014 / 1:23 pm

    MFP is a lot of nonsense. It suggested 1200 calories a day for me – what?! My BMR is 1600 calories a day and my TDEE-20% is more than 1800, thanks to the amount of training I do. I've lost three stones and I managed it on 1800 calories of "clean" food a day, more on cheat days. MFP may be a decent tool if you're keeping an eye on certain macros (salt, sugar, carbs, protein) but definitely take its suggestions with a pinch of salt.

    • March 5, 2014 / 2:35 pm

      Could not agree more with this. It takes no consideration of weight training which burns more calories than cardio in the long run. I had to stop using it because it was making me feel like a failure for eating a healthy amount of good foods, i.e. over 1200 calories.

      It's a good tool for some people but remember to listen to your own body; if you can eat over 1200 calories of clean foods it's much healthier than starving yourself on 1200 calories of junk.

      xx

  2. March 5, 2014 / 4:03 pm

    This is really helpful, I've been loosing weight for the past 6 weeks and managed to lose a stone. Although I think it's going well, i would really like to bring more exercise into to burn more calories. super helpful will be trying blogilates 🙂 xx

  3. March 5, 2014 / 4:17 pm

    I recommend Big Oven – which lets you throw in ingredients that you have left in the cupboard and comes up with a recipe. Handy for the day before the shop when you're wondering what to do with a carrot, 2 biscuits, cheese and a tin of chopped tomatoes! (Although obviously only healthy if you add healthy food!) x

    Jen xx
    http://www.kitsch-n-sync.com

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