There’s an App for That

Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison
Making a health or fitness resolution can be easy, but sticking to it can be something else. One way to keep yourself accountable is through apps. There are countless health and fitness apps on the market that help you learn new workouts, count your steps, or track your progress. They are easy, don’t break the bank, and can work for a variety of people. Finding the right one can be tough, but we’ve done the work for you. Keep reading to learn about the five free apps we think you should try out.
Plant Nanny

You’ve probably heard the advice, “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” But we all know how hard it is to stay consistently hydrating. Plant Nanny aims to solve this by combining health with fun to remind you to drink water regularly. The adorable plant needs your help to grow. You just push a button to water your plant and tell the app how much water you drank. The app will send you reminders throughout the day to drink up. To make things even more fun, you can customize your plant by naming it, choosing the type of plant, and the design of the flower pot.
30 Day Fitness Challenge – Workout at Home  

30 Day Fitness Challenge, designed by a professional fitness coach, is the perfect app for those new to working out. Each challenge has three difficulty levels from beginner to pro allowing to find the workout that is best for you. The app also teaches you the exercises with how-to videos. If you’re looking to work on a specific muscle group, try their 30 day abs or arm challenge.  Work out anywhere, anytime with this mobile personal trainer app.
Zombies, Run!   

Get ready for the run of your life (literally) with Zombies, Run! Join more than five million users on an awesome adventure escaping zombies while also getting fit. Every run is a mission where you’re the hero with an immersive audio drama putting you at the center of your own zombie adventure story. Run to a perfect mix of songs from your own playlist and zombies chasing you in the background. There are more than 200 missions to complete and six awesome race missions for 5k, 10k, and 20k distances. With zombies close behind you, there’s only one thing you can do: Run!
Down Dog: Great Yoga Anywhere 

Calling all Yogis! Down Dog is the #1 rated app for practicing yoga at home. Choose a sequence type, level, and length and Down Dog provides you with a custom yoga workout with music. Each time you practice, the app provides a brand new sequence, giving you an endless stream of content. The videos are easy to follow, with a real person narrating and great visuals of all the poses. At the end of the practice try their guided meditation for a decompressing finale.
Gym Log+ 

Whether it’s your first day in the gym or you’re already a gym rat, Gym Log+ is a great app for logging workouts. Gym Log+ provides more than 400 exercises and seven workout routines to get you started, or you can add your own. The graph feature allows you to plot your progress, as both your current and past workouts sets are shown side-by-side. After logging your exercise, a rest timer autostarts so you know when to perform your next set (even if you’re checking your text messages). Gym Log+ is a great way to keep yourself accountable and track your fitness progress.  
With the help of these apps, integrating fitness and wellness into your daily routine could be a breeze. Do you use fitness apps? Let us know which ones are your favorite! 
Photo Credits: University of Wisconsin – Madison Photo Library