Jam-packed gyms and heavy work days make it tougher and tougher to make it to the gym on a regular basis. Pumping iron and getting in a shape is no longer solely done at the gym. After all its 2018 and if you can date or order food using an app, you can definitely get a killer workout using one too.
The great thing about using apps to workout, besides being able to use it whenever and wherever, is your ability to track your progress as you go. Being able to see real-time data after consistently keeping up with your workouts can let you know if you’re working out enough or if you’re meeting the ideal heart rate long enough for significant calorie burn.
There are plenty of apps out there that fit various workout styles, preferences, and goals– for free (sometimes). Who knew spending more time on your phone could lead to smaller numbers on the scale. Here are the best workout apps to download and help you on your journey to success.
This app aims to help you reach wellness by modifying your meal and workout plans by providing weekly meal plans and custom workout plans as well. There are various workouts you can choose from that alter in length and intensity. The great thing is the workout doesn’t need special equipment and you can follow the videos from the comfort of your own home.
Find your inner peace with this meditation app by taking a few minutes out of your day to relax by following a combination of guided meditations and mindfulness techniques. These practices are very simple to follow and cater to beginners or more advanced followers. The meditations are brought to you by the world’s best teachers. Get ready to relax and clear your mind.
With over 100 workouts put together by fitness, yoga and meditation experts, you can follow step-by-step instructions and get in shape by becoming more flexible, stronger and more fit. The app also helps you keep track of your progress, calories burnt, and how much longer until you reach a milestone. Not only does this app help you with weight loss, but it is also a great stress reliever!
While CareZone is not a workout app, it does help you take better care of yourself by managing medications you are taking. By taking a photo of your meds, the app will automatically fill in your name, dosage, and make a schedule for you complete with notifications of when it’s time to take your medicine or refill a prescription.
Need an app to track your nutrition or exercise? Luckily, MyFitnessPal does both! Using the nutrition database generated by users, you can keep track of your food intake and calories burned. You can even sync it with Fitbit, Withings, and Digifit. It also lets you set goals based on calories and macronutrients. Share it with your friends for added support or keep it private and surprise them with your nutritional knowledge.
Price: Free, $8.33/month
This app provides audio guided workouts allowing you to concentrate on your workout without having to constantly glance back at your screen. The trainer will give clear instructions on a variety of workouts from yoga to cycling. You can also customize your workouts based on intensity and time.
Price: Free, $9.99/month
Playbook personalizes your workout experience by pairing you with a trainer, social media influencer or athlete of your choosing. You then receive daily updates on your trainer’s workout routine and wellness advice. You can also communicate directly with your trainer and the training community, and switch trainers frequently.
Sworkit, which stands for “simply work it”, was found to be the closest aligned to the American College of Sports Medicine’s training guidelines, according to a 2015 study from the University of Florida. This app allows you to choose your goal (leaner, fitter, stronger) and shows you the routines you need in order to get there. But it also lets you mix and match exercise routines so you can avoid the ones you hate.
Price: Free, $11.99/month
In this app, you will find brief, high intensity (HIIT) strength workouts that combine cardio and conditioning into one program that include bodyweight-only moves and some weight lifting. The app provides videos for every daily workout routine that you can follow along with an expert trainer or coach. If you opt for the premium access, you can chat with an expert in real time.
Nike+ Run Club
It wouldn’t be an app from Nike if it didn’t include expert Nike trainers and featured workouts by professional athletes and celebrities like Serena Williams and Kevin Hart. The app lets you choose between a strength-focused workout or a cardio-focused interval set. You can also keep track of other workouts or activities that happen outside of the app.
Ditch your social media apps and instead download one of these apps that will have you looking and feeling better in no time. Be sure to speak with your physician before taking part in any strenuous workouts or seek medical attention should you feel discomfort or pain when partaking in any workouts provided by the apps.