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One of the pitfalls of being in IT is leading a ratherrnsedentary life. You sit around at a keyboard all day, with most of yourrnmovement coming from racing to and from the server room. That’s not enough. Butrnsince you’re in love with technology, one of the best ways to get into exercisernmode is to have a piece of hardware or software to help you geek out on thernidea.
That’s where exercise apps come into play. If you’re lookingrnfor an outstanding Android app to help get you moving, these five (none ofrnwhich require anything more than your smartphone) are sure to win the toss. Sornlace up your sneakers and let’s sweat.
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UP by Jawbone
UP by Jawbone will track your workouts, give you personalizedrninsights (based on your activity), help you watch your progress toward yourrnmoving, sleeping, and eating goals, and present you with easy-to-read logs forrnworkouts, sleep, mood, and food. UP by Jawbone has one of the best interfacesrnfor logging your activity. The app is free, but you do have to sign up for arnJawbone account (also free) to use it.
Fit does a great job of aggregating information from otherrnfitness apps (such as Android Wear, Nike+, Runkeeper, Strava, MyFitnessPal,rnLifesum, Basis, Sleep as Android, Withings, and Xiaomi Mi band). Google Fit isrnfree and works great with or without a wearable device.
The ability to connect with friends and other Strava membersrnallows you to compare fitness for social training. Strava does not require thernuse of a connected wearable device and the app is free (although you do have torncreate an account).
7 Minute Workout
The daily regimen varies between full body workouts, legrnworkouts, arm workouts, glute workouts, cardio workouts, and abs workouts. Thisrnis the ideal app for those trying to build up to something a bit morernstrenuous, so if you’re just now setting resolutions for 2016 to get inrnshape… this is for you. The app is free and does not require you sign up forrnanything. You do have to unlock each workout (done as you go).
Being a writer of zombie fiction, I felt required to include Zombies, Run!, a fun app that turns your runrninto a game of survival. With this app, you are placed in a disaster settingrn(complete with zombies) and you are expected to survive. As you run, you enjoyrna nightmarish narrative that informs you when to pick up supplies. If you’rerntoo slow, the zombies can catch you and you’ll lose those supplies.