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Top Keep Fit Apps for a Healthy 2016

For many, January means New Year’s resolutions and grand plans to get fit for the year ahead. There are lots of apps out there than can help keep you on the path to a healthier you in 2016.

For many, January means New Year’s resolutions and grand plans to get fit for the year ahead. There are lots of apps out there than can help keep you on the path to a healthier you in 2016. We’ve picked a helpful handful that will help you ensure those healthy New Year’s resolutions don’t fall by the wayside.

Food Diaries

A food diary can reveal all sorts of patterns in your eating habits which you may well have been unaware of and it can be really beneficial to keep track of these. In fact, this will often be the first thing a fitness coach or dietician will get you to do. Some dieters take the term "journal" too literally, assuming they need to have a physical document of what they're eating but here are numerous apps that can help you keep track of what you’re eating on the go, such as Calorific.

It’s really important to also document the amount of food being eaten, and the problem won’t always be eating too much. Eating too little at lunch for example might lead to snacking later in the day or overdoing it at dinner.

Competitive Drive

Sometimes the greatest obstacle to getting out there and exercising (especially when it’s cold) is doing it alone. Unless you have a regular running partner, it can be a real challenge to get motivated. An app like Strava will help; it tracks your friends’ most recent activities and lets you benchmark your times against theirs. If you thrive on competitive spirit this will keep you on your toes and keen to get out there and beat your friends or colleagues.

Building up Gradually

An app like Couch to 5k will help by making sure you pace yourself. It’s tempting to go all out after a period of inactivity (think a typical Christmas) but far more advisable to build up to this gradually to avoid the risk of injury. Three 30-minute workouts per week get you ready for a 3.1-mile race in only nine weeks.

Breakdown Your Diet

An app like MyFitnessPal will help track your diet in detail, telling you how much fat, protein, carbohydrates, sugar, and more you consume when you log your food. Set a weight loss goal or try and maintain your current weight as this app helps you keep track of you nutrition and workouts in one place, informing you of how many calories you have left in the day.

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