Best apps to download
We’ve all heard about it, and many of us have lived it: the dreaded freshman 15.
Starting college can be exciting and anxiety-ridden all at once. If you’re not careful, it’s very possible to let the weight of academic and social pressures affect your actual weight.
How the freshman 15 happens
We know that weight gain when you start – or return to – college is usually due to the straight-up obvious.
- Bad eating habits
- Drinking too much
- Avoiding the gym
- Not getting enough sleep
- Too much stress
But even when you know the cause, it can be tough to avoid.
Thinking of changing up your diet to avoid the Freshman 15? One that is super popular right now that provides maintainable results is the Keto diet. We have a great resource with a college budget in mind you can get below!
Avoiding the freshman 15 with fitness-inspired apps
I reviewed and tested a few iPhone apps that I thought might help me stay active and health-conscious without totally taking over my life.
Here is list of my faves…
You can get unlimited access to thousands of workouts with Aaptiv. This app is a hub of different trainers and different types of workouts. They have everything from indoor and outdoor running, cycling, circuit and strength training, and yoga and stretching.
You can choose your favorite trainer and filter between skill level, length of workout, and even the style of music you want to listen to.
They update the workouts regularly so you’ll always have something.
A membership starts at $14.99 a month that you can cancel at anytime or $99 a year ($8.25 a month)
Here’s one you might have heard of, and a very popular option to stay motivated and fit! One of the coolest parts of Beach Body that you don’t get with other fitness apps, is the support of others who are also doing the programs. By joining the group you get your fitness coach who can help you track your goals and motivate you along the way.
The Beach Body on Demand App has 1,100+ workouts that you can do right in your dorm if you really want to. You are walked through all the workouts start to finish and you can even choose plans that have an accompanying nutrition plan.
Skimbles workout trainer
This app basically serves as a virtual trainer. You can choose from thousands of different workouts and target different parts of your body.
Each workout in this app has step-by-step audio and video tutorials to guide you. Each workout is timed, so even if you don’t have a lot of wiggle room between classes and plans with friends, you can still squeeze in a workout.
You can also select workouts based on the specific fitness goals you have, from increasing endurance to carving out a six pack (although that also depends on diet – sorry to say!)
The best part is that you can build your own customized workout routine and share it with friends who also use the app.
Skimbles Workout Trainer app isn’t free, but for $19.99/year it will save you hundreds on a gym membership or personal training, and you won’t ever be bored.
Nike+ training app
Nike has always been a leader in helping people elevate their fitness and this app is no exception.
The Nike+ Training Club app features workouts designed by professional athletes, and even some celebrities – allowing college students to train like the pros.
You can use the app to train for strength, endurance, and mobility depending on your goal. There are plenty of training modules and you can choose from three levels of difficulty depending on your current ability.
A fun bonus is that you can stream it onto your TV using your smart TV, Apple TV, or via an HDMI cable.
One of the best parts about this being a great fitness app for college students trying to avoid the Freshman 15? It’s FREE.
J&J official 7 minute workout
One of the biggest excuses college students tend to use for why they skip the gym? No time!
To solve that problem, Johnson & Johnson came out with a pretty sweet app that features 7 minute workouts. If you can commit just 7 minutes a day, you’ll have a way more solid chance of keeping that “Freshman 15” off – not to mention the de-stressing benefits of exercise.
The J&J Official 7 Minute Workout app has multiple workouts to choose from that help you build strength, burn excess fat, and build stamina. You can choose from beginner-friendly routines to expert-level workouts, choosing from a huge library of options.
This is another great app that is great for your college budget: it’s FREE.
Just like a study group helps you actually slog though your econ notes, one of the best ways to keep working as a college student is to be held accountable. Fitocracy zeroes in on this idea, motivating students to keep up their healthy exercise habits by adding a social, group dimension.
My impression was that this app basically turns exercise into a game. You score points, level up, and accomplish tasks. The best part is that other users can actually see your accomplishments and hold you to your goals.
From what I see, fellow “Fitocrats” encourage you and push each other to keep going towards your fitness goals. If you think accountability is the main thing you need, this is the fitness app for you..
Hit up Fitocracy in the Apple store here. There is a free version, and a couple of paid options; neither of which will destroy your college budget.
Avoiding the freshman 15 with health-conscious apps
A high-end scale at a price you can afford. FitTrack uses high accuracy, dual BIA technology to monitor your body fat percentage, hydration levels, muscle and bone mass, and more. FitTrack empowers you with more information so that you can get a better understanding of your big-picture health by using 17 unique measurements.
The integrated FitTrack app helps you reach your goals and gain a clearer perspective of your overall health at the touch of a finger. Use it to monitor every step you take on your health and fitness journey! Syncs with Apple health, Google fit, and many more.
HiitBox is not an app at all but I still wanted to include it. This is a different type of health-conscious related subscription service that is non-commital. You start by filling out a survey related to your health and fitness goals, and then a curation specialist finds top quality products specifically for your wants and needs. Each box contains over $100 worth of quality products and services (including a membership to Aaptiv which we mentioned above).
As a bonus, a few lucky members have the chance to win big products like all expenses paid fitness vacations, high-end fitness equipment, like Peloton, Mirror, JaxJox, etc., and fitness technology such as Jaybird audio equipment and FitBit fitness trackers.
Exercise isn’t the only ingredient to keeping off the Freshman 15 – diet is just as important.
The Fooducate app acts as your personal dietitian, helping you choose what you should eat depending on your current body weight and the amount of weight you wish to drop, or maintain.
You can track your food intake, get real-time analysis on how many calories you’re taking in, and even get details ingredients – like how much MSG or artificial elements you’re introducing into your body through food and drinks.
One of the things I loved most about this app is that it takes personal dietary restrictions, like allergies, special diets, and preferences, into account.
This app is mostly FREE with a few paid features under $10.
Access 6,000+ organic and non-GMO wholesome food, home and beauty products at 25-50% off retail.
This is a great subscription to have for anyone who has specific dietary issues. They organize their products and allow you to filter between many different diets and ingredients. They offer heavy discounts on everyday healthy foods and products. Not to mention they have lots of opportunities for free gifts and really cater to your individual purchasing habits.
I use Thrive Market all the time to order the items that usually cost me a lot at the grocery store, and every month I can look at my account and track all the money I have saved by ordering through them!
A major bonus is how fast their shipping is, including providing cold packs for anything that needs to remain cool.
Motivation to avoid the freshman 15
There are so many things to keep on top of as a college student, often it’s our physical health that suffers. But we need our bodies sharp, to keep our minds sharp to do well on assignments and tests. These apps really do help with all of it.
The added benefit is when you use these apps, you’ll be more likely to want to eat cleaner, which means you won’t spend all your money on pizzas, subs, wings. Of course, this is just one of the many ways to save money in college, so if you want more click here.
Keto cheat sheet
One way to avoid the freshman 15 is to try out the keto diet. A high fat and high protein diet that has helped tons of people lose weight (and keep it off).
We made a guide to help you try it out and do so on budget. Download it here!
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