Keeping up with a busy work/life schedule can make it hard to prioritize fitness. That said, it’s important for your overall health and well-being to counteract a mostly sedentary lifestyle with daily activity and exercise. Since trainers and personal instructors are not always the most economical option for staying motivated, fitness apps can give you just the boost you need to re-energize your fitness routine.
There’s no shortage of fitness-based apps designed to help motivate and guide you through your preferred form of workout, whether that’s yoga, long-distance running, or plyometrics. Many of these virtual training apps also incorporate dietary guidance and provide tracking capabilities to help you stay on top of both your meal and exercise regimen. Since there’s a wide-range to choose from, we’ve compiled a few of our favorites from all realms of the fitness world below. All you have to do is download.
Think of Sworkit as your own on-demand personal trainer. Download the app and choose a customizable workout plan that fits your needs for the day or select a six-week program that can cater to any level of intensity (beginner to advanced). The app is extremely easy to follow; A fitness model demonstrates each exercise to ensure you’re using proper form and to help prevent injury. The app also has a built-in timer that walks (and talks) you through each set of repetitions, so you can focus on technique rather than timing.
The best part about Kayla Itsines genius workout plan? It’s only 28 minutes per session and requires little to no equipment. The app outlines weekly workout plans with illustrated circuit training guides alternating between areas of focus, like arms, legs, and more. Dietary suggestions like meal-prepping, menu-planning, and food shopping recommendations are also provided. It’s also easy to track results through weekly progress pictures and weight loss tools. The app is $4.61/week or $20/month, but it’s a small cost considering the full-body transformation.
As one of the most personalized and interactive fitness apps, Pear provides real-time professional trainers (including renowned world champions and Olympians) at your fingertips. The app also offers diverse workout options: high-intensity training, running, treadmill, elliptical, cycling, strength, yoga, and more. You’ll never tire of following the same routine. Pear provides the option to track heart-rate, distance, and other metrics through the Apple watch, which makes for an even more customized experience. The app offers a free 30-day trial period and the membership fees are extremely affordable $3.99 monthly or $29.99 annually.
Nothing can motivate you through a workout quite like a good playlist, which is why FitRadio’s music app makes so much sense. The app uses pace-matching technology to fit the song to your stride, which will keep you moving even when you’re spent. New playlists and DJ-crafted mixes are added to the app daily, so you’ll never find yourself stuck on repeat. Just select your soundtrack by genre, workout, or target heart rate (BPM) and let the app pick the perfect playlist.
Whether you’re addicted to yoga or have been yearning to try it out for the first time, it can be difficult (not to mention expensive) to find a suitable studio. YogaGlo makes it possible to practice anytime, anywhere—no matter your level of ability. The app provides access to your preferred choice of five-120-minute virtual classes taught by world-class, experienced instructors. There’s no shortage of selection as the categories range from prenatal yoga to flexibility- and endurance-based classes. The app also includes meditation and mindfulness practices, and all classes range from beginner to experienced, so you’ll always find the right fit. YogaGlo provides a free 15-day trial to ensure you’re satisfied before committing to the $22.99/month subscription.
One of the most popular fitness apps, MyFitnessPal’s approachable and easy-to-use tracking system drives proven results for both diet and exercise. With a massive food database and a built-in calorie and step counter, the app collects your data to provide reliable feedback and personal goals based on your personal entries. It’s also easy to connect fitness-tracking devices (Fitbit, Jawbone, etc.) and follow friends on the app, making it a great motivational tool to help you reach your goal.
If your workout aspirations include training for a race or simply running more consistently, allow the Couch to 5K® app to provide you with the resources you need to plan your strategy for getting in shape. Choose a virtual coach, who will talk you through your workout, as the app maps your route and tracks your distance and pace, all in once place. Couch to 5K® also provides an in-app music player so you can stream your favorite playlists without toggling between screens. The app can also track your progress and performance to keep you motivated and on the move, while preventing over-training and injury by following a strategic program. It’s just $2.99 to download.
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