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10 fitness and health apps for corrections officers

When you’re an officer on the go, you need to make the most of your fitness, when you can get it in

By C1 Staff

Staying in shape is the easiest thing you can do to keep yourself safe as a corrections officer. But where can you find time to work out when you’re working a 12-hour shift?

These ten phone apps, varied between iOS and Android, are just for that. Whether it’s a handful of minutes or a break on your weekend, make the most of your free time and get a few extra push-ups in.

NIKE Training Club
This free iOS and Android app offers 100 full-body, 15, 30, and 45-minute workouts complete with step-by-step audio, visual, and video demos. You can tailor the programs to achieve whatever your goals are: getting lean, getting toned, or getting strong. This app goes above and beyond basic instructions to measure your progress in number of workouts, minutes logged, and average calories burned.

Sleep Cycle
This bio-alarm clock analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you when you’re in the lightest sleep phase. This allows you to start the day feeling relaxed and refreshed. Sleep Cycle also allows you to keep track of everyday factors that might be affecting your sleep patterns. The app is $0.99 and available for iOS.

Argus is a fitness tool in your pocket for pretty much anything and everything. It monitors every step, stride, cycle, bite, sip, pound, snore and more. This app is constantly processing your daily routine, giving you feedback that will help you meet your health goals and improve your overall wellbeing. It’s also free, but only available for iOS.

This app can help you change the way you think about anxiety – rather than trying to avoid the sources of your nerves, you can learn to face them. The app includes strategies for dealing with everyday anxiety, as well as tools to attack specific ones like social anxiety, performance anxiety, worry, panic, and conflict. The app is free and available for both Android and iOS.

This is an app for everyone who wants to hit the pavement and get some miles in. Runkeeper keeps track of all of your running stats, such as pace, distance, and time, and notifies you of them while you’re moving. It organizes all that data into neat graphics for your perusal so you can take control of your fitness. You can share snapshots of areas where you run to share with friends to inspire others along the way. The app is free and available for both Android and iOS.

Need to take a break? Calm will help you do just that. Whether you need focus, creativity, or a little extra shut eye, Calm offers 50 guided meditations to choose from. You can also sync your meditations with 16 soothing music tracks by meditation musician Kip Mazuy. New content is added monthly. The app is free and available for both Android and iOS.

Strava Cycling
Take your exercise and turn it into a game with this app as you challenge other cyclists to rides that will push both of you further. Each time you set a new personal record, you get ‘King or Queen of the Mountain’ accolades. You can also check in on friends and send them support while they’re out chasing their own goals. It’s free and available for both Android and iOS.

This calorie tracking app creates a weight loss plan just for you, depending on what your goals are. Tracking what you eat is easy with the barcode scanner feature implemented in this app, and to add a little competition, the app allows you to create head-to-head, team and group-based challenges. It also connects with other apps and devices. The app is free and available on iOS and Android.

Rise is a nutrition coaching app that will help you defeat those 2 a.m. cheeseburger cravings. The coach will help you set up a personalized plan and send you daily expertise, tips, and feedback. The app does require joining the Rise community via plans that start at $15 a week, and go up from there. It’s available for iOS.

This app can be your own personal nutritionist, and help you decide which foods meet your dietary needs. Simply scan the barcode of the item, and Shopwell will score the product based on your age, gender, health goals, diet needs, and ingredient and nutrition preferences. Scores range from 00 to 100; the higher numbers indicating healthier goals are met. The app is free and available for both iOS and Android.