Favorite Phone Apps: Fitness Part 1

Fitness is an area that many people focus on at the start of a new year. But, if you’re like me, I will sometimes have a general idea of what I want to do but don’t know what step to take next. It can also be difficult to do workouts at home or while traveling without tools or guides on what to do. Time is also a barrier to consistent exercise, as many of us balance work and families.  We looked at how our phone apps can help with our nutrition goals, and we are back today to look at some of the most helpful fitness focused phone applications.

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For runners (or running rookies):

Couch to 5k (C25K), iPhone and Android/ free:  This is the perfect app to download if you want to begin an exercise routine but have no idea where to start. This app really does take you from couch to a 5K (3 mile) runner in 9 weeks by coaching you through 3- 30 minute running/ walking workouts weekly to gradually increase your speed, pace and distance to the goal. It also provides motivators along the way and integrates with MyFitnessPal.

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Spring Running Music, iPhone, free: If you are tired of running to the same playlist or need some motivation to get back on track, check out this application. It is filled with 50+ workout specific music playlists with various beats, so you can synchronize the music with your activity. You can also choose a playlist with music that has a faster cadence which will, ideally, result in increased speed when running or walking.
Charity Miles, iPhone and Android/ free: Do you want to run or bike for a cause without having to do a fun run or race on a designated day? Through corporate sponsors, this app allows you to choose the charity of your choice and then start! Bikers can raise up to 10 cents per mile and walkers/ runners can raise up to 25 cents per mile. There are quite a few well known charities on there like Stand up to Cancer, Wounded Warrior Project, Feeding America, ASPCA, Partnership for a Healthier America, among many others. This is a 5-star rated app that you can run in the background of another fitness app if desired.

If you enjoy set workouts or classes:

Workout Trainer, iPhone and android/ free or pro level $6.99/month. Whether you are looking to workout out at home or need some routine to your gym time, this app is a great option. With much of the app free (many users say the pro level is not necessary), this is also a cost effective way to get a quality workouts in at home! This app features a variety of workouts and videos coached by personal trainers.

If traveling or your schedule makes it difficult to work out:

SworkitiPhone / free or premium ($2.99/month or $19.99/ year). The best part of this app is the ability to customize it by selecting what type of workout you are interested in, how long of a workout you want (even just 5 minutes) and what area of the body to focus on. Stick with the free option or upgrade to premium for custom intervals, the ability to save workouts and an ad free workout. And to encourage a healthy lifestyle with the kids in your life, check out the free Sworkit Kids!

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Hot5FitnessiPhone / free or premium for $7.99. This app features 5 minute workout videos of different types of exercise and difficulty levels to suit a variety of needs. Hot5 is perfect for travelers or those in a time crunch. You can add a 5 minute ab workout to the end of a run or combine videos to create your own workout.

We will be back with the second part of our fitness focused phone apps soon! Talk to us- what are some of your favorites?

 

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