So it’s the new year, and whilst so many have the best intentions in the world it can be incredibly difficult to stick to your fitness goals especially in January. The first payday of the month may be a while off and you’re still recovering from overspending at Christmas. So is this a good enough excuse? Well, of course, not. I’m Ayse Durmush, also known as The Transformation Expert, and below I’m going to share with you the Top 5 Apps that I personally use to get fit and they are all free.
So here we go in reverse order
Number 5 – Instagram
Love it or hate it, Instagram is an absolutely fantastic tool for fitness. You really can find all sorts of motivation and inspiration here from Crossfitters to Yogi’s to Bikini Competitors. It is an absolute plethora of people in various stages of their fitness journeys. It’s also really good for recipe ideas, with 1000’s of videos of how to create amazing, healthy meals regardless of what kind of diet plan you want to be on, whether it’s keto, vegan, bodybuilding whatever – just follow the path of the hashtags such as #cleaneating and you’ll literally get 1000’s of results.
How to get the most out of Instagram for Fitness
Don’t get sucked into the comparison model, remember this is social media and most people are filtered to the nth degree. Just go through pictures of people and find the physiques you like, screenshot them and save them. Then create your vision board from these posts. Whenever you need a kick up the butt with your diet or training, all you have to do is take out this little vision board as a reminder of the goal. Or save a selection of recipe ideas and there’s your food prep done for the week.
Number 4 – YouTube
Why YouTube? Because it’s full of every kind of exercise you can possibly imagine. Whether it’s an hour of yoga, or 12 minutes of HIIT training or even a full Zumba class if you fancy a dance around your living room. Whatever kind of exercise you can think of is on YouTube and all you have to do is find it. Really no need to go to a gym and pay for class membership when you have your own instructors in your living room – FOR FREE!
How to get the most of YouTube for Fitness
Ok so this can be a little trial and error, it can take a bit of time to find the videos that work for you, but once you do, like them and save them and set up your laptop and crack on with your exercise. If you’re not sure what to go for, then why not try different types of exercise each day, mix it up. One day could be yoga, another day bodyweight training until you find something that works for you. It really is that simple.
Number 3 – FitBit
Ok, it may not technically be free, but I bet you’ve already got a tracker on your phone – which is free! When I first bought a FitBit I was doing around an average of 7,000 steps a day. I joined a few groups and tried some of the challenges and within the space of a few weeks, I went from 7,000 steps a day to 30,000 steps a day. It really fuelled my competitive spirit. There’s also a supportive element to it, so it’s really useful if you’re on your own on your fitness journey and need a little support, there’s a community on there that can help.
How to get the most of out of FitBit for Fitness
Just set it up, determine how many steps you want to do and whether you want to be reminded every hour to move and that’s it. It really is that simple. You can choose to do challenges on your own or in groups, entirely up to you how much you want to or don’t want to do. But if nothing else it at least gives you an idea of how active you are and where you can make simple improvements. When I was recovering from chronic fatigue I used it to incrementally increase my steps each day and track my improvement.
Number 2 – My Fitness Pal
I’ve used this for years before Under Armour bought them out. It’s a weight and food tracker like no other, the database of food on there is the best I have seen bar none. You can just scan the barcode of any food you eat and it automatically logs it into your profile, it can even recommend calories depending on your goal. All the main functionality of the app is free too. I have used the paid for version but to be honest I think that’s really only worth it if you seriously need to track every macro for a coach or if you’re looking to compete in a bodybuilding show like Mr Olympia
How to get the most out of My Fitness Pal for Fitness
When you’re starting out, it can be really useful to scan food in the supermarket. If you’re not sure whether something is going to be too high in fat or sugar, for instance, you can just scan it and check. So much easier than trying to read through the labels on everything!
But day to day, all you have to do is scan your food, log how much you had and that’s it. At the end of the day, it will tell you whether you hit your calorie and water allowance and log it in your profile. Super simple and super effective.
Number 1 – BodySpace
It’s your personal profile on Bodybuilding.com – the best resource on the planet for anyone looking to seriously get into weight training or bodybuilding. Bodybuilding.com was originally set up as a creatine store but its community has been an absolute stalwart for decades, and one I have always loved using.
How to get the most out of Bodybuilding.com for Fitness
You add your height, weight, body measurements and it asks you what your goal – for instance, to transform or be in fitness model shape and by what date. Then it recommends a full training program from the website and it’s all for free. They will try and push their supplements and food stuffs but there’s nothing stopping you from shopping elsewhere for these.
So there you have it, the Top 5 Apps that I recommend for fitness and that I have personally used for years to keep me motivated, on track, inspired and on target.
The Transformation Expert