Thanks to the fusion of ethnic races in the country, Malaysian food is undeniably second to none. And year-round festivities make it all the more harder to resist gastronomic temptations. Now that you’ve binged on ‘Hari Raya’ goodies, it’s time to get back on the health and fitness wagon. Get ready to lose weight, build muscle, or simply watch what you’re eating with these free fitness apps!
TOP 5 FREE FITNESS APPS
The Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout
(Free ● Available on: Android, iOS)
Slip in some exercise into your day – at a level that’s right for you – with the free Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout App. All you need is a chair and seven minutes – or about 11 minutes if you add a warm-up and cool-down. Medium-intensity workouts include jumping jacks, push-ups, running in place, crunches, planks.
(Free ● Available on: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone, Web)
Watch what you eat 24/7, no matter where you are with the MyFitnessPal app. It gives you a range of tools for tracking what and how much you eat, and how many calories you burn through activity – and its easy-to-manage calorie counter comes with a huge database of foods and drinks.
(Free; US$9.99 per year or US$3.99 per month subscription optional ● Available on: iPhone)
The Touchfit: GSP app features a number of muscle-boosting routines created by Georges St-Pierre, your workout coach (and MMA World Champion). First you’ll have to complete a test workout, in which you rate different exercises as easy, tough, impossible, or “need to learn”. Your answers inform the app going forward about how difficult your workouts should be.
(Free; US$4.99 Elite Upgrade optional ● Available on: iOS)
The Cyclemeter app (iOS-only) collects an array of data, is very accurate, comprises various clever features and would appeal to fitness fiends who enjoy more than one sport. One could also use Cyclemeter to track walks, runs and other activities.
Runtastic Six Pack Abs (Free; US$4.99 in-app purchase for full content ● Available on: Android, iOS)
The Runtastic Six Pack Abs is a solid coaching app that targets abs through a range of exercise moves and difficulty levels. A human voice counts your sets and reps, while a video of an avatar shows you the correct form for each exercise.