As the summer approaches, and the good old British weather keeps on letting us down, we’re all desperate for a glimpse of sunshine to get us in that spritely summer spirit.
But while we can’t change the weather, we certainly can make it easier for you to prepare for the summer at the touch of a button by using these top 5 apps.
FoodSwitch is a great for shedding those few pounds so you can confidently strut along the beach in that fantastic bikini body. But why put yourself through the pain of a strict summer diet when you can simply make a few changes that slip easily into your current lifestyle?
FoodSwitch, as the name denotes, allows you to scan various products using you phone’s in-built barcode scanner, showing you a list of healthier alternatives. The app doesn’t just help you swap fatty or unhealthy foods either; turn on the gluten free mode or SaltSwitch and the app will show you all the gluten free and lower salt alternatives.
The app is available for both Android and iOS devices and is free.
Another key consideration when getting ready for the summer is money. No matter how hard you try, the summer months always seem to eat into your weekly budget somehow, whether it’s buying that extra two-piece bikini (a girl can never have enough…), or because of that two week break in Marbella, keeping an eye on your money is often difficult.
And there’s nothing worse than traipsing the streets of Spain, France, or wherever your latest holiday takes you, feeling guilty about buying that ice cream, or posh bottle of plonk at dinner. So by saving the pennies in the months leading up to your holiday using Spendometer, you can enjoy a luxurious and guilt-free trip!
Spendometer essentially allows you to see exactly where your money is going; simply add the amount every time you make a transaction, and set limits to curb your spending.
The app is free to download from both the Apple and Android app stores.
This app hardly takes a genius to guess what it’s about. Yup, you’ve guessed it, the Smoothie Receipe gives you a whole bunch of recipes for making your own smoothies!
There’s something quite refreshing about making the most of all the fruit stacked up on our supermarket shelves and turning it into a healthy drink perfect for hot summer days- if we ever get any!
Choose from over 100 smoothie recipes and learn to make your own using the app’s ingredients list and how to guides.
Although the Smoothie Recipe app is only available in the Google Play Store, alternative apps like the Pocket Smoothie Recipes or Green Smoothies app are available for iPhones and iPads.
Gorilla Workout is one of the best workout apps that could get you in shape in no time- without even having to go to the gym!
Simply follow the app’s 40 exercises to lose weight, tone up or build some serious guns at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home. Gorilla Workout offers fitness at 4 levels, making it easy for users of any fitness level to get involved.
What’s more, the app lets you watch video demonstrations of the exercises to ensure you’re making the most out of your workouts and don’t risk injury. After all, no one wants to be limping around on their summer holiday after a too vigorous training session!
The app was originally built for Apple devices, costing 69p, though it has since made its way into the Google Play Store for 62p. A small price to pay for looking good in those holiday snaps!
When the sun finally makes its first appearance in the summer months, the last place you want to be is sat in the office, gazing out of the window. So why not bag a bargain holiday from the touch of a button using the Travelzoo app.
The free Travelzoo app allows you to search for the latest deals on holidays, flights and hotels, often saving yourself hundreds of pounds from the retail price. Find holidays from long weekends away to two-week breaks all across the globe which could get you swimming in the Mediterranean Sea or exploring sandy beaches at half the cost of a traditionally-booked holiday.
And with the Travelzoo app being free for Android and iOS devices, there’s no excuse not to catch a glimpse of the sun somewhere this summer!
Written by Charlotte Kertrestel