Summer is officially over, autumn has begun! The terrace weather is behind us and sunbathing is a thing of the past. The summer has left its mark on the scales for many people. So it’s time to do some serious sports. As of today we are all going to move! Through a variety of handy and free apps you’ll be super fit within a few weeks and your body will be completely winter-proof.

Insight into your sports performance thanks to applications
Sports and health apps are plentiful. A life without a smartphone is now unthinkable for many, so it’s no wonder you use your smartphone as a guide to a healthier lifestyle. The principle of all sports and health apps is “to measure is to know”. Applications measure your data during exercise, giving you insight into your sports performance, health or physical condition. Various applications are also very suitable for setting and achieving personal goals.

Which app do you choose to measure your sports performance?
Running
Your choice of application depends of course partly on the sport or activity you are practicing. For the runners among us, Runkeeper is a good example. A complete running application that keeps track of all useful information such as route, heart rate and calories burned. You can even set a target when you want to know exactly how many kilometres you need to run to lose half a kilogram for example.

Endomondo and Nike+ are similar to Runkeeper. In the EndoMondo app you can choose which sport you want to practice. Would you like to play a game of boxing or rather row a few laps? In all cases you can use EndoMondo to calculate how hard your body has worked.

Hiking
Hikers can go to the ‘Walking’ app. The huge database of walks and walking routes gives you enough inspiration to enjoy nature and the fresh air. A map allows you to discover the routes in advance.

Cycling
Are you more of a cyclist than a runner? Even then there is plenty of choice and supply. Strava is the bike version of Runkeeper. The application tracks exactly how much you cycle, where you cycle and have cycled, how many calories you burned with those activities and what distances your friends have covered on their bikes.

Convenience should be human
The smartphone makes your life as a user not only more sporty, but also increasingly easy. More and more apps give you advice about healthy eating, weight loss and the right biorhythm.

These apps help you to achieve a healthy diet or ensure that you wake up pleasantly. For example, the Nutrition Centre’s My Eating Meter app shows you whether or not you are consuming too many calories in one day, and also checks whether your meals contain the right nutrients. The handy thing about this app is that it is also linked to the website www.MijnVoedingscetrum.nl where you can read additional advice based on the data you have entered in the app.

The Sleep Cycle analyses your personal sleep cycle and determines what is the best time for you to wake up. No more having to get up!

How does it work?
All apps work with the phone network, a built-in GPS chip and accelerometer. They monitor your movement and movement. Via a wireless internet connection, you can share transactions with your network. The choice for an application depends on what the app has to provide insight into and what you yourself enjoy working with, of course. Most applications are available for Android and iOS mobile phones and tablets. For Windows Phone 8 Lumia phones there are also several applications available, but not all of the above apps can be found in Microsoft’s app store yet.

Use the right smartphone to get fitter
If your current phone is not compatible with one of the applications you would like to use, choose a cheap phone plus a sim only subscription from Simyo, for example. Not looking for a new device, but still in need of an extension or a cheaper monthly rate? Then choose a sim-only subscription, install your favourite sports or health app on your smartphone and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

Tip: Check out the cheapest prepaid and cheapest sim only offers in comparison.

Lots of sports & smartphone fun in your adventure to a healthier lifestyle!

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