Was getting into shape or becoming a healthier version of yourself one of your New Year’s resolutions this year? How has that been going? If you’re like most of us, there’s a strong chance that resolution had a rollercoaster kind of year once January ended. If you need some inspiration and motivation to get more active before summer truly arrives, check out these 12 fitness apps.
FITNESS APPS WITH WORKOUT PLANS
7 Minute Workout
If you’re always on-the-go and don’t have time for an hour-long workout, check out this app. All of the workouts are just seven minutes long, and you can choose from workouts including those geared toward beginners, some that are localized to a specific body area or low impact. Have more time to spend? Do multiple workouts in a row for a longer experience. The app also has a weight tracker to keep you motivated.
You probably already know about this app, but how can we not include it? This one is popular for so many reasons: You can use the app on your phone, tablet, computer and watch; it offers various workouts including running, yoga, HIIT, cycling and strength training; you can join challenges and compete with friends; get detailed metrics to keep you motivated; and preload classes so you can workout wherever.
Couch to 5K
This is a great app if you want to get into running. The app uses vocal guidance and walk or run intervals to build you up from running zero distance to a 5K. It takes you through eight weeks with just 30 minutes a day, three times a week.
While this isn’t an app you use to actually workout, it opens up so many new opportunities for class options. With a ClassPass membership, you can find and book different fitness classes without needing a membership at every single location. Choose from yoga, boxing, cycling, Pilates, barre and much more.
FitOn Workouts & Fitness Plans
Free workout plans and exercise videos—what’s not to love about that? FitOn has some great workouts to choose from including HIIT, yoga, cardio and strength training, as well as videos led by celebrities such as Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough. Another perk to FitOn? The app offers meditations to help reduce stress and get better sleep.
Yoga For Beginners
Perfect for those just starting yoga and wanting to test it out at home, this app offers multiple yoga sessions that will help you focus on improving flexibility, learning the poses, lowering stress and helping with posture.
FITNESS APPS TO TRACK YOUR WORKOUTS
If you have an iPhone, this app is already there for you, ready to be used. It’s best if you have an Apple Watch to pair it with. This app will track your movement, exercise and standing hours during the day, and has tons of different workouts it can track. Want to get competitive? Share your progress with friends and family. You’ll be able to see how much each person has crushed it throughout the day. Plus, there’s Fitness+ which offers various workout videos along with music that will match the workout’s energy. The best thing about Fitness+? One subscription covers six people for $10 per month.
Strava: Run, Ride, Swim
A very popular app with runners and cyclers, this app will track your activity and map routes. Tired of your same old routes? Strava offers route options to explore, and you can even “race” with other Strava community members. One more perk: The app records and tracks your rides or runs so you can analyze your performance and progress over time.
Strong Workout Tracker
Do you prefer hitting the gym and focusing on weights? Or do you want to get more weightlifting time in? Try this app. Its straightforward design allows you to record your workouts easily and quickly. Not sure how to perform a certain exercise? The app also has instructions and videos that show you what to do.
FITNESS APPS THAT LOG YOUR MEALS
This app, with over one million reviews, is a super solid option if you’re trying to keep track of what you’re eating throughout the day. A premium option is available that includes more guidance and logging tools. Plus, there are also some tasty (and healthy) recipes that are shared every day. Score.
Lifesum: Diet & Macro Tracker
Lifesum is such a helpful app if you need suggestions and recommendations on how to eat healthier foods. And it focuses on more than just calorie counting. As you get a better understanding of which foods should take up more of your plate, you’ll also be able to track your daily habits (such as water intake), see how well you’re meeting nutrition goals and have access to easy tracking with barcode scanners and food recognition.
This app is very different from many food logging apps in that it uses a psychology-based approach with 10 mini-courses you complete on your own time. With the courses, you are able to log your food, scan barcodes and have access to 1,000 interactive lessons, as well as healthy recipes. This is such an awesome app for helping you develop a healthier relationship with food.
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