Free Apps and Websites to Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals

Free Apps and Websites to Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals

Are you having trouble finding motivation to go work out?  Do you need a community or outside support to help push you to do more?  There are many free apps and websites that will help you stay motivated and meet your fitness goals.  These fitness apps and websites target different types of activities to help you track and improve.

You can even earn money by working out.  Read on for great apps to track your workouts, find a community, and keep your eating on track.  These apps are all free to join and one of them might give you the perfect motivation to move forward with your goals. 

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JEFIT

Create and Track Your Strength Training Routines

Weight training is an important part of a fitness routine, and tracking your weight and reps will help you follow your progress and keep improving.  Apps like JEFIT allow you to create your fitness routine (or choose from many pre-programmed routines) and then track your reps each time you workout. You can even plan alternating workouts to target different body parts on different days.

JEFIT will also count down on your rest periods in between sets. Especially when you are lifting heavy, it is important to fully rest between sets. Using a great, free app like this one will give you a timer to work with.

Fitocracy

Fitness for Gamers

Do you love video games? Do you enjoy levelling up your characters? Use your workouts to level up yourself with Fitocracy, the fitness site for gamers. Track your activities to earn points and gain levels on this fun site.

Fitocracy is constantly growing and developing. Sign up now and earn achievements for participating in different types of fitness activities. Varying your workouts may be the perfect way to start achieving your fitness goals.

Looking for a New Fitness Routine?

There are so many books on diet and fitness that it is tough to know where to start.  All you need is one great book that has routines for life.  I like choices like this one (which also has a corresponding book written for women):

The New Rules of Lifting: Six Basic Moves for Maximum Muscle
Lou Schuler
Amazon.com: $12.49

The New Rules of Lifting presents workouts that are great from beginners to advanced weight lifters.  There are ten unique programs presented in the book.  Lifting heavy weights doesn't just improve strength, it is also great for bone health.

Runkeeper

Use Your Phone's GPS to Track

The Runkeeper app is a little different because you don't need to enter your workouts.  The app uses your phone's GPS to track your workout.  Although its accuracy will depend on cell phone service, I find that I get consistent and reliable results.  Set it for walking, running, or cycling, to name a few.  It will keep track of all your workouts and share your new records with you.

When you visit the website, you can see tons of details about your workout. Runkeeper will display maps of your routes and information about your speed and distance.  Create goals and work towards them with every workout. 

Gym Pact

Make a Pact to Work Out and Earn Cash

Do you ever wish that someone would pay you to stick to your workout goals?  Gym Pact will!  The site and app easily sync with Runkeeper, so when you get your cardio in it is automatically tracked at both websites.  You create a pact with yourself and set goals for the number of workouts you want to do each week.  If you hit your goals, you earn a little real cash, which can be withdrawn through PayPal.

What's the catch?  If you don't hit your target number of workouts in a week, Gym Pact stops being free.  The payouts are funded by charging people who don't hit their goals.  Break your pact and pay (you choose the amount, from $5 to $50).

Improve Fitness and Reduce Injuries

Proper technique is important in all fitness activities.  Bad form can lead to injuries and reduce your progress.  Take the time to learn about proper technique in any activities you do.  Read a book, consult a trainer, or check out videos online.  YouTube is filled with videos of proper form for different weight lifting techniques.

Be a Better Runner: Real World, Scientifically-proven Training Techniques that Will Dramatically Improve Your Speed, Endurance, and Injury Resistance
Sally Edwards
Amazon.com: $16.39

There are many different ideas about improving your ability as a runner while reducing your injuries.  Check out one great book on the subject.

My Fitness Pal

Track Diet and Exercise Together

What you eat is an important part of your fitness routine.  Getting enough food to fuel your workouts and enough protein to build muscle mass will help you reach your fitness goals faster.  My Fitness Pal is a free website that lets you track everything you eat for the day.  You can set your calorie and macronutrient targets for the day, so it can be customized for your own dietary needs.

You can also track your exercise goals on My Fitness Pal.  It estimates how many calories you burn so that can be calculated into your daily target.  While many members of the community are trying to lose weight, there are also people participating who want to gain weight or just improve fitness.

Do you have a favorite app that was missed?

What are your favorite free apps and websites to work on your fitness goals?  Do you like the motivation of working with a community?  Share your favorite fitness tools here.

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tvjunkie on said:
I'm not sure if this site has an app but I have used Daily Mile in the past. Great community there, too.
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Thanks for sharing! I haven't checked out Daily Mile before, but some of my friends use it (and it looks like it can be synced to iPhones or Androids, plus several other fitness devices). Great website suggestion!
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belinda342 on said:
It's silly, but I really love the Pokemeter that comes with Pokemon Soul Silver and Heart Gold. It's just a little pedometer, but you get rewarded for taking those steps...some of the better rewards required a lot of steps! I know it was for kids, but it helped me too...
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This is a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to enter into a home fitness program. Thank you so much for taking the time to compile this wonderful list of fitness resource and tracking sites. You are really going to help out a lot of people with this article.

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