Need a little fitspo to get moving and into shape for your wedding day? These apps will have you covered.
How it works: This app is the ultimate food diary. When you sign up you’ll be prompted to set a goal for yourself, regardless of whether you’re trying to lose or maintain your weight for that gorgeous wedding dress you’ll be wearing down the aisle.
Why we love it: You can actually scan the bar code of packaged foods or search meals in a massive database when you and your fiancé go out for date night. When you’re preparing your own dishes at home, you’ll have to enter all the information manually, but hey — it’s worth the time, and you two can do it together!
2. Nike+ Training Club
How it works: Choose your workout based on a specific part of the body you want to work on, like your arms or mid-section, and this app will select a training plan for you. Choose from a 15-, 30- or 45-minute workout! Plus each exercise comes with a quick ‘how-to’ video, so you can watch a pro demo the proper form and technique.
Why we love it: It’s like having your own PT (for free!) before your personal red-carpet moment. Tip: If you’re new to the gym, you may want to consider hiring a real personal trainer for one session first, so that you learn how to avoid injury before jumping into your new exercise routine.
3. Zombies, Run!
How it works: Hit “start” and you’ll be running for dear life from a pack of frightful zombies (yes, zombies) that are hot on your tail. This fun and interactive running app tasks you with saving your neighborhood from a scary apocalypse. What are you waiting for? Run!
Why we love it: While you’re running, the app will cut into your music to let you know that the zombies are gaining on you. You’ll be surprised at how this slightly scary (and silly) app makes exercising seem like more fun than work.
4. FIT Radio Workout Music
How it works: Prefer to have a pocket DJ rather than a pocket trainer? Then this is the app for you. Offering a wide range of genres and professional DJ mixes, the playlists are designed to keep your heart rate up and you kicking butt (instead of letting the workout kick yours).
Why we love it: It’s an easy but totally effective way to make your workout more fun and intense. Plus, you can save your fave mixes and play them anytime — even if you’re not in the gym. Bonus: Use this app to create the perfect reception party playlist.
How it works: With video-game-like features, this social networking app allows you to track your fitness progress and connect with other users for moral support (you may need it—we know how stressful wedding planning can be!).
Why we love it: You can earn points, advance to the next level and collect badges as you work out. Plus, you can hide personal info, like your weight and measurements, but still share all of your accomplishments! Make it a fun game with your fiancé and see who can earn the most points before your wedding day.
6. 7 Minute Workout Challenge
How it works: No gym? No equipment? No problem. The 7 Minute Workout was designed to get you into shape with a variety of 12 exercises for high-intensity training (from jumping jacks to core-blasting planks) that you can do, well, practically anywhere. So put down those DIY table toppers and set your clock – a seven-minute break will be good for your body and mind.
Why we love it: You can choose either a male or female to be your personal pocket trainer, and they’ll show you how to do certain exercises with so-helpful videos and photos.
7. PIT Fitness Lite
How it works: This app puts you on a 30-day fitness program with four interchangeable 15- to 30-minute workout styles and a total of 16 workouts. Choose the tools you want to use: bodyweight, dumbbells, kettlebells or sandbags. Consider boredom banished.
Why we love it: Each workout features a full video demonstration of each exercise. The best part? You can do it totally on the go in between your dress fittings and flower appointments.
8. Charity Miles
How it works: Sign up, choose a charity and then press start. As you exercise, this app will track your distance so that when you finish you can accept sponsorship money from the app’s corporate sponsors, then donate the cash you’ve earned to the charity of your choice. Cyclists earn US 10 cents and runners and walkers earn US 25 cents per mile (1.6 kilometres). Get your bridal party together to exercise and make a difference.
Why we love it: By going for a run or bike ride, you can help raise money for charities like Stand Up To Cancer, ASPCA and World Food Program (just to name a few!). Now getting in shape for your wedding is rewarding on so many levels.
9. Pocket Yoga
How it works: Wedding planning can be, well, a bit overwhelming at times. Take a breather with this fabulous yoga app and feel like yourself again (and not a bridezilla). There are 27 different sessions to choose from, based on duration and level of difficulty, all accompanied by voice and visual instructions.
Why we love it: You can select music playlists from the app, or use your own playlists. Feel free to listen to your first dance song over and over — we don’t think that’s weird at all!
How it works: From first-dance practice with your fiancé to running around doing errands for the wedding (like picking up your invites) and hitting the gym, this all-in-one tracking tool uses your smartphone’s GPS to map your steps, time, energy burnt and goals to get you wedding-ready.
Why we love it: All your features are in one app, so you can keep track of your workouts as well as keep count of your energy intake. There’s also a cool share feature where you can tell your friends (or bridesmaids!) about your workout initiatives so that they can send you encouraging messages as you share your results.
Which fitness app do you use, Knotties?
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by Heather Hall