New Year, New Exercise Apps for 2017

New Year, New Exercise Apps for 2017

The start of a new year always seems to be the perfect opportunity to set some fresh goals and develop some new healthy habits, such as doing more exercise and keeping fit. If you want to make 2017 the year that sees you get into top shape here is a look at some apps that can help you shake up your daily routine for the better. If you want some musical motivation while you exercise, want to be inspired to run further for a good cause, or would like to practice mindfulness as part of a new you, there are apps to help you achieve your goals.

Workout soundtrack

There is no doubt that some music has the ability to change your mood and there are definitely some tracks that seem to be able to inspire you to run faster or work harder in the gym. Runtastic is an app that ticks the boxes if you are looking for a health and fitness companion that does a bit more than just play some inspirational music to keep you motivated. It has a Running Story feature that works as an audio book as well as providing you with a soundtrack, so you get a story that lasts about thirty minutes and inspires you to greater fitness heights as well as giving you music to keep your heart pumping. If you like the idea of multitasking while exercising, another app to consider would be a call recorder that you can get on Google Play. It lets you review your calls and replay important conversations while you pound the streets or pump some iron.

Charitable motivation

It always feels good to raise money for a good cause and there are plenty of charity events you can get involved with that are based around running, biking or walking for money. If you want to keep up the good work and raise money every time you hit the road, Charity Miles would be a good addition to your smartphone. You will find corporate sponsors via the app who agree to donate a few cents for every mile you complete, and even if doesn’t sound a lot, it could well provide you with the motivation to keep running further each time, when you know it is for a good cause. Every cent counts and those miles could see you get fit and raise some money at the same time.

A healthy mind is also important

As part of your resolution to improve your fitness levels, it also makes sense to take care of your mind too. Headspace promises to simplify the art of mediation and considering the app now has over ten million users, it seems to be living up to that billing. It shows you some basic mindfulness exercises and you can unlock other in-depth features if you like what it has to offer. If you are looking to make this year notable for developing a new health and fitness regime that you stick with, these apps could help give your mind and body the exercise it needs to thrive.

Rebecca Grey is a fitness coach who is keen to make sure that all the new years resolutions for getting fit are actually carried out beyond January!

Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A mother of a toddler and twins on the way, she sure keeps herself busy!

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