Powerhouse Downloads: 5 Apps for Your App-solute Best Beach Body
As summer quickly approaches, we can guess what you’re thinking – and it’s all about getting that perfect beach bod to impress the ladies when you hit the sandy beaches in your new board shorts. Lucky for you, what they’re saying is true: there really is an app for everything.
Below, we’ve put together a list of our favorite apps that will have you ready for the beach in no time flat. And it’s not just about exercise – we’ve thrown some great nutrition-based apps in the mix as well. So grab your surfboard, board shorts, and shades, and head out to soak up the sun after taking advantage of these awesome apps:
iMapMy has quickly become a popular choice for mapping physical activity of all kinds. The app is available for the Android, iPhone, and Blackberry, and uses your phone’s built-in GPS to help you track your workouts. Whether you’re running, biking, or something else entirely, it will help you track your distance, speed, calories burned, and route. When you’re finished, be sure to hit “save” so you can come back and look at past workouts to see the progress you’ve made.
This free app takes tips from some of the world’s top athletes, strength coaches, and fitness experts and puts it all together at the tip of your fingers. Browse through workouts to find step-by-step instructions and photos to help guide you. The lite version contains five workouts, but if you’d like access to more, simply upgrade to the full version and you’ll have access to hundreds of exercises and workouts.
Lose it is a great app to help you track the nutrition content of what you eat each day, including calorie count, carbs, fiber, sodium, and protein. Simply browse through the extensive food library and add meals to your day. Then, set a daily calorie budget and track how close you are to your desired intake. By signing up for a free LoseIt.com account, you’ll be able to add friends who can motivate you, earn badges based on your accomplishments, share your progress on social networks and more.
Take control of your eating habits with the Restaurant Nutrition app. It seems easy to keep track of what you’re eating when you’re making food for yourself, but as soon as you go out to eat with friends or family, things can get a little more challenging. That’s where this app comes in. Restaurant Nutrition features nutritional data from more than 60,000 food items in 250 restaurants across the U.S. Simply search for your food item to find nutrition information like fat, calories, protein, and carbs. Then, track your intake and at the end of the day, you’ll have an overview of your intake.
If you’re like most guys, eventually you’ll get tired of the same old routine – cardio, weightlifting, cardio, weightlifting, and on and on. Luckily, the Sportaneous app is designed for guys who want to play a pickup sport but don’t have anyone to play with. The app lets you create a game and invite others in the area to participate (it’s all tracked by GPS) or join a game that someone else has created.
Next time you need some killer workout and nutrition tips, look no further than these five apps. They’ll have you looking great – and beach ready – in no time at all.
About the Author:
Cindy Prosser modeled swimwear in a past life… but now that she’s a part-time freelance writer and full-time mom she has embraced a new passion: helping you look great in board shorts for men from Bare Necessities. Like Bare Necessities on Facebook for HUGE sales and be sure to get the Bare Necessities coupon!
Thank you Cindy for putting these apps together to share with my readers!