Today I thought I’d share with you my favorite apps that I have on my iPhone/iPad. Ones that I use on a daily (if not hourly) basis, or ones that I love and prefer to others that are similar.
Instagram (a given). I love this because I follow a lot of people that I know, and people that I don‘t know ie – bloggers that I feel like I know, but not in real life, as well as inspiration and motivation for fitness. I also like to follow some clothing boutiques and see their latest clothing choices and outfit inspiration.
Padgram This is an app for the iPad. It has a much more user friendly interface for viewing your Instagram feed – looks more like a photo collage and you can see roughly 8 pictures at once. There’s a caption for who posted it, and a heart to click to like it. The only thing it’s lacking is you have to click on the photo to make it larger and see the caption. However, the photos are much bigger than the original Instagram app.
Frame Swag I love this app for making collages of my photos. You can choose almost any sort of layout you want with various numbers of pictures. You can also change the picture shapes from circles, to rounded squares, to squares. Then there’s also options to add effects, and change the background color. This is by far my favorite app to make photo collages.
PEAR Mobile I use this app to pair with my Pear heart rate monitor (see link for more information on the HRM, but I LOVE it in case you were wondering. Comment below if you want a review on the Pear HRM and feedback system). This app (in conjunction with the HRM) allows me to set goals, as well as get instant feedback about my heart rate, so I know how hard I’m working. This is great for endurance because I can speed up or slow down and maintain my heart rate to get my desired results. It also comes with some free and some paid training plans.
Seconds This is a free interval timer. You can set your work interval, rest interval, and the number of cycles you want to go through. The free version doesn’t allow you to save intervals, but the paid version does. There’s different templates for timers (HIIT, Circuit, Tabata, Round, Compound, and Empty). The circuit trainer option is awesome because you can add exercises with a certain time for each, set up a rest between intervals, and a rest between sets. When I do “sprint-jogs” or “walk-jogs” I use the round timer. It gives a 10 second warning beep to let you know to prepare for the next round.
C25K Free This app is a free version of the Couch to 5K app. It gives a specific workout (times or distance to run/walk), and brings you through the entire 8 week program. It has runs programed for 3 days a week, and regardless of your fitness level, it bumps up your progress in a very reasonable way. I like that there’s time and distance goals, so if you don’t have a way to map out your run, you can just run for time (a perfect time to use the Seconds app above!) When you select a workout it also times for you, and lets you know when to walk and when to run.
Nike Training This app is great for ideas for at-home workouts. It uses some equipment (medicine ball, kettle bell, dumbbells) but a lot of the exercises you can do without weight, or improvise (soup cans or water bottles make great hand weights). When I’m in a rut, or bored at the gym, I open this app up and do one of the workouts. It takes the guess work out of me trying to make up my own. You can choose what type of exercise you want to do (cardio, abs, legs), and a level (beginner, intermediate, advanced). Every exercise has a description and video/pictures to explain how to do it properly.
Pumpup This is another great app for exercise inspiration. You can find and follow friends, there’s a feed where people share pictures for motivation. It’s similar to the Nike app where you choose your fitness goal, and then your level, and it gives you a few workouts to choose from. You choose whether you’re at home, or at the gym, so it knows what equipment you have to use. And you can save workouts that you love, and schedule them onto a calendar and the app reminds you when it’s time to work out.
Pandora Most people have heard of Pandora. I first started using it in college when I was sitting at my computer and wanted to listen to music while I studied (Explosions in the Sky in awesome instrumental music). It has progressed with me, and is now my go-to for music regardless of what I’m doing. I love that you can set up playlists based on a song, an artist or a genre. I have TONS of saved playlists and can easily jump between them, or add a new one.
Siriusxm M and I have a Sirius XM subscription that includes online listening. So with this app I can listen to any Sirius XM station I want (as long as M isn’t listening to it using his app). I don’t always use this, but sometimes I like to listen to Howard Stern, or a talk show that I don’t get in my car (I have the basic XM subscription).
Sleep Cycle This app tracks your sleep. It allows you to select a 30 minute period in which you wish you wake up (ie- you say you want to wake up by 7am, it will say 630-7am). It will then gently wake you up at the most appropriate time during that period. The time when your body is the most awake based on your sleep patterns. It tracks your movements throughout the night also. I like this app when I’m at M’s, especially because he has the Garmin Vivofit that tracks his sleep. It doesn’t work as well at my place because my little dog moves a log during the night that throws it off.
YouTube I love YouTube. Any time of the day. If I’m bored, if I’m looking for workout ideas, music, beauty product reviews. Anything. There’s always something to watch. Some of my favorite channels are beauty gurus (countless ones), and people like the Shaytards (a husband and wife who vlog their lives with their 5 children and the rest of their family).
Netflix I like watching shows on Netflix that I can watch on any device and it will remember where I left off. I like that it doesn’t have ads (achem – Hulu Plus), and there’s typically something that I want to watch – even if it’s reruns of Futurama to help me fall asleep.
ESPN Radio The only time I really use this app is during baseball season. I have a habit of listening to baseball games while laying in bed/falling asleep. I don’t always enjoy watching baseball games on TV, but listening means I can do something else at the same time, and still keep up. During the playoffs and the World Series are when I really spend time on this app.
TED (Tedtalks) I keep hearing people talk about Audible and how great it is to listen to books while driving, working out, etc. But I actually prefer to watch/listen to Ted Talks, and learn something relevant. I love that the lectures are all relatively short – I usually finish one about the time I’m done with a 30 minute run. And I love that they’re on a vast number of topics where I can always find one that I’m interested in that day. My favorite is learning about new prosthetics that have biomechniacs that allow better movement than a natural limb.
What do you think? What are your favorite apps to use? What awesome apps are out there that I’m missing out on?