5 ingenious iPhone apps to help you stay fit and healthy

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As we all know, mobile phones were so big and clunky during the eighties that using one to keep fit was not so much an added feature as an unfortunate by-product of archaic technology. All you had to do was take a few calls each day and you expended as much energy as you would bench-pressing weights for an hour in the gym.

By the turn of the century though, cell phones had become so slim that they had little to no use as part of a fitness regime…well, aside from an alarm feature which could wake you from your slumber and remind you of an impending pain session with a personal instructor.

Nowadays there’s not much a smart phone can’t do. They are fundamental tool in the organising the minutiae of our day-to-day lives and that includes getting us in shape. Quidblog checks out some of the developments in the fitness app market…

Desk Yoga

If you’re eager to ward off creaking limbs and those weird niggles you pick up from a restless night’s sleep, but can’t be bothered to get yourself down to a gym, then the Desk Yoga app is probably for you. Teaching you 10 yoga-inspired stretches which you can undertake in short bursts while you’re at your desk it incentivises users to maintain a daily routine by offering unlockable modes and awards for reaching certain milestones.

Nike + GPS - £1.49

The Nike + GPS app is great for those amateur joggers who want to start taking their runs more seriously. Allowing users to track the distance and speed of their travelled route using GPS technology, it also acts as a fitness guru by setting you targets, while also allowing you to programme motivational music to keep you taking stride after stride. If you fancy sharing the results of your morning workout, the app also syncs nicely with Facebook and Twitter meaning you can make your slovenly friends feel guilty at the touch of a button.

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker - Free

Let’s face it, the temptation to indulge in naughty afternoon snacks or lazy lunch options can often be the downfall of even the most stubborn dieter. Luckily, for those who want a quick and easy reminder of what NOT to eat when you’re trying to maintain a balanced diet, the Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker app is at hand. Inform your phone of your age, gender, lifestyle details and weight loss target and it’ll set you a daily calorie limit while providing a platform for you to keep track of both your food intake and exercise output. If you’re willing to not tell porkies, it’s a tip top tool.

Eight Glasses a Day - £0.69

We all know we’re supposed to drink loads of water every day (even though there’s a hosepipe ban), but the reality is that not only do we lose count, we often don’t even bother to undertake the challenge in the first place. The Eight Glasses a Day app not only gives you a reminder that you’re supposed to be constantly gulping down the H20 it rewards those who successfully tap the app eight times a day with a occasions a nice little reminder of the benefits of their watery lifestyle.

Men’s Health Workouts Lite - Free

Who better to help you whip those moobs into pecks and that gut into a rippling washboard than the nation’s most popular male fitness magazine? The Men’s Health Workouts Lite app is six-packed (sorry…) with workout ideas designed to tackle every major body part, as well as the option to enter personal sets, reps, weights and time targets. What’s more with a Workout Builder tool, which enables you to design and save your own workouts, and a training log feature that allows you to keep track of your progress, it’s like having a personal trainer in your pocket at all times.

What are your favourite fitness apps? Do you think an app can replace the energy of a real personal trainer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.