When you’re looking for efficiency in a certain aspect of your life, you know how the saying goes: “There’s an app for that.” Fitness and exercise are no exception to this rule. There are tons of apps out there to help you keep track of progress and motivate you to keep going. Here five we
When you’re looking for efficiency in a certain aspect of your life, you know how the saying goes: “There’s an app for that.” Fitness and exercise are no exception to this rule. There are tons of apps out there to help you keep track of progress and motivate you to keep going. Here five we recommend trying out.
Nike+ Training Club
This app, free for both iOS and Android, offers over 100 workouts for various fitness levels, all created by Nike master trainers. Once you’ve selected your personal fitness goal, you can find simple workout plans complete with video tutorials.
This app, free for both iOS and Android, has proven to turn couch potatoes into legit runners who stick with the plan, and ultimately with the sport. Aimed at getting users to the starting line of their first 5k, this app offers an eight-week training plan that allows them to start slow by alternating been walking and running, eventually building up to more intense workouts. The app features an audio coach to help you through each workout and keep you motivated.
This is one of the most favored running apps out there, but it mainly wins because of its focus on cycling. Strava allows bike enthusiasts to easily track their rides by distance, speed and time, and also allows them to connect to a community of cyclers to compete against each other in training. Strava also is free for iOS and Android.
Users of Endomondo, which is free for both iOS and Android, begin by taking a fitness test aimed at assessing their fitness level. From there, the app suggests a plan based on their preferred methods of exercise. Endomondo uses your smartphone’s GPS to track fitness activities such as walking and running. The app’s virtual trainer also makes sure to tell you if you’re about to set a personal record, and also helpfully suggests when you should pick up the pace.
MapMyFitness’s two components, MapMyRun and MapMyRide, are known for being some of the best tracking options out there, especially when it comes to sharing and saving your routes for later. Featuring an easy-to-navigate interface, MapMyFitness allows you to track your activity, set challenges for yourself, and even has the option to set reminders for when it’s time to buy new gear. This app also is free for iOS and Android.
Find these apps and more by searching in the App store on your smartphone.
By Emilia Benton