Fitness App Spotlight: Microsoft Health, Fitocracy, GAIN Fitness
According to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, "Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle." That doesn’t mean you have to go on a 20-mile run every day, however, it does mean you need to engage in a regular fitness routine that addresses your health goals, whether you’re trying to lose weight, build muscle, or just stay in shape. For people trying to develop a comfortable fitness regimen, it can be hard to know the best place to start. Fortunately, there are a variety of fitness apps available to help you get moving and feeling good.
Free to download for iPhones and Android devices, Microsoft Health is a cloud-based fitness services that reviews data from your other fitness apps, like RunKeeper or MyFitnessPal, to provide you with personalized, actionable insights to improve your workouts. Results and insights are delivered in real-time so you can know exactly how to improve your fitness routine. The app is compatible with the Microsoft Band. You’ll receive calendar reminders and email updates using Microsoft Health, however, no additional social networking or community aspect is built into the app.
Another app that is free to download on iPhones or Android devices, Fitocracy turns your workout routine into a game. Earn points and level up with each workout you do since this app logs everything you do, and engage others in the Fitocracy community to ask questions and get tips. Like a Facebook for fitness, Fitocracy also connects with you expert trainers to help you achieve your goals and remain motivated. While Fitocracy is easy to use, it does not sync with wearable tech devices and there is a cost associated with with coaching, $1 per day. Fitocracy also offers nutritional guidelines to help you achieve your fitness goals.
Like carrying a personal trainer with you wherever you go, GAIN Fitness is free to download for iPhones. Unfortunately for Android users, GAIN Fitness is currently only available as Google Chrome web extension. GAIN keeps users accountable with its calendar functionality and gets you motivated with digital training packs designed to focus on your goals. Find the fitness professional that bests fits your style and comfort level to custom your workout experience with GAIN. This app syncs with Apple Health. It’s important to note that GAIN comes with full body workouts for no cost but specific ones must be purchased. Also, there is no social network or community aspect to the GAIN Fitness app.