While everyone of us wishes to live a healthier life, there is no denying the fact that our busy schedules leave little time to do something about it. And surely, we’ve all come across a time when we’ve paid for yoga lessons or gym sessions, only to steal a few more minutes of sleep time in the morning and miss the sessions. In such a situation, fitness apps seem like the perfect solution.
From movies to emails, we use our phones extensively for both entertainment and work – then why not for our health? Applications that allow you to practice simple exercises, or keep a track of calorie count, or simply help you meditate can be a great help in attaining a healthier lifestyle.
Here are 10 of the best fitness apps that you can try out from:
1. My Fitness by Jillian Michaels:
The app has various workouts and healthy meal options. All workouts are hosted by celebrity personal trainer, Jillian Michaels. The two things that set this app apart are practical meal plans, including vegan and vegetarian options; and workouts aimed at both – complete body work out, and specific body parts.
2. Couch to 5k
What our parents say is true – there is no better exercise than running. And with this app, it is not a regular morning jog that you start hating in the first week itself – it is only 30 minutes for 3 days a week, for nine weeks. Once you start it, you won’t even realize when the nine weeks have passed.
3. Nike Training Club
Nike Training Club provides workouts specially designed by professional athletes and celebrities. Furthermore, the app also offers three levels of difficulty – so whether you’re picking up after a hiatus or starting new, the app will have a workout modelled for you. The workouts are also equipped with audio cues, which means that you don’t need to constantly refer to the screen. It is almost like having an in-house trainer.
4. Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout App
This app seems to be tailor made for millennials who are literally rushing from work commitments to social events. It allows the user to practice workouts of extremely brief durations, that can be completed before you hit the morning shower. It also has workouts of different difficulty levels and users can even customize their routine workouts.
This app is for users who want to undertake training from a specific point of view. Whether you’re looking at endurance training through cardio or working your muscles through yoga – this app offers it all. With video demonstrations that every beginner would love, and an option of increasing your workout from 5 minutes to 60 minutes, this app helps you get started on your fitness goals.
6. Strava Training
The one thing that sets this app apart is the way it counters the biggest hindrance to exercise – lack of motivation. Every user is a part of the Strava community that includes athletes that are both – motivating and competitive. So, while you’re keeping track of calories burned, distance covered etc., you are also comparing your performance and sharing your progress with a community. Simply put, it is the benefit of a community program without the effort of actual interaction.
7. Charity Miles
While there are various other apps that keep track of daily activities – whether it is a morning jog or a walk to grocers - this app allows you to use your fitness drive for something good. As the name suggest, you can select from more than 40 charities to support. And it is not monetary but physical dedication that you provide. Different brands sponsor the exercise activity you pick, and the more miles you complete, the bigger donation the charity of your choice receives. Talk about the right kind of motivation!
8. Daily Yoga
Believe it or not, Yoga is not as simple as it looks. And it does help in sustainable weight loss. If you are a beginner and want to test whether your body is up for various asanas, Daily Yoga is perfect to start with. The free version is limited, but not monotonous – the asanas displayed have enough variety to give you a fair idea of what exactly exercise through Yoga entails.
This app is perfect for strength training in short intervals and without equipment. Which means whether you’re traveling constantly, or have limited time in day full of social events, you can still squeeze in a quick session via this app. The free version has various workouts, and the paid version allows you to get a personalized training plan.
10. Zombies, Run!
If you are someone who still hums Mario tunes and loves weekly night with your PlayStation, then this is the app for you. At the heart of it this is a running app. But it changes your usual evening lap around the garden to a survival from zombie apocalypse. With fast paced music and interesting storyline, you may start looking forward to your evening runs more than you’d admit.
All these apps are available for free on both Android and iOS software. There are of course various other apps that you can pick from, depending on whether your goal is to count calories, try a new diet, or practice a different exercise regime. If you are a beginner, be sure to refer to your physician once before practicing any strenuous exercises.
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