P.A.R.C. Mag Issue #7 - Page 73

There are apps for everything nowadays! Losing weight is a common goal among people, so there are apps for that. Exercise is a well-known way to lose weight and many people need guidance and support on how to get started. Apps being multifaceted offer more than just ways to work out, they offer ways to keep track and to make working out more enjoyable. There are plenty of apps to explore. Let's take a look at the most popular apps to get you moving.

MyFitnessPal is an app that not only counts the calories/food/drink you have consumed over time but also keeps track of your daily exercise (https://www.myfitnesspal.com/). This makes sense because, if you have a goal to only eat a certain amount of calories per day and a friend surprises you with a cupcake, for example, you want to enjoy it so you might also want to know how much extra exercise you need to do that day to make up for it. You can look up exercises, put down the duration or, put your weight in and see how many calories you've burned. Once you are satisfied with your workout penance, you can refocus yourself and continue towards your weight loss goal (http://www.myfitnesspal.com/exercise/lookup). MyFitnessPal is not just an app, it has a community and blog where you can chat with others with similar goals and find support in people who are headed your way.

SWORKIT is an app strictly for working out. With it, you can find exercises based upon the amount of time you have to workout (https://sworkit.com/). There is a lot of customization available and plenty of workouts to do so that you don't get bored with monotony. In addition, SWORKIT can connect you to workout music through Spotify (https://www.spotify.com/us/). Music is a great way to add value to your workout and help motivate you to keep pushing forward. There was an article in The Washington Post written by Ariana Eunjung Cha on September 5, 2015, titled: "Scientists tested 30 Apple iPhone fitness apps for the quality of their workouts. Guess how many passed?" (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/07/31/scientists-tested-30-apple-iphone-fitness-apps-for-the-quality-of-their-workouts-guess-how-many-passed/?utm_term=.7ccb92caa1e7). It was a study where researchers were looking at how well the apps addressed: warmups, cooldowns, safety, aerobics, flexibility, and strength training. In those aspects, SWORKIT came up on top. Of all the apps in the study, SWORKIT emphasized in the preparation of the workout and not just in the workout itself. It is easy to forget that your body needs to be ready to exercise and that just bursting into an intense workout might not be the best idea.