These mobile fitness apps will spur you on and keep you on the right track to a fitter and stronger you.
Now you can have a personal trainer without burning a hole in your pocket. Through the years, mobile apps have evolved to become more convenient and competent in helping you stay motivated to hit your fitness goals. Whether you’re looking to burn some calories or become toner, these pocket-sized workout buddies allow you to personalize and set your goals according to a pace that best suits you.
We picked out five interactive fitness apps that will help you stay the course towards an active and more productive lifestyle.
FitStar Personal Trainer
Created by former NFL legend Tony Gonzalez, FitStar features a series of no-frills, no equipment needed video workouts that are perfect for anytime, anywhere (as long as you’ve got your exercise gears on). The app first assesses your fitness level by making you go through a fitness test. Subsequently, your fitness goals and workout intensities are adjusted accordingly based on a set of questions that you’ll be prompted with at the end of every workout. Digital personal training at its best.
If interval trainings are not your thing, here’s a bonus: FitStar Personal Trainer has branched out to introduce another fitness app, FitStar Yoga — now headed by yoga superstar, Tara Stiles.
What’s better than getting active? Earning money for charities while getting active! For every mile you clock in your Charity Miles app, you help to donate a few cents to your charity of choice, courtesy of corporate sponsors. According to the Charity Miles site, bikers earn up to 10¢ per mile, while walkers and runners earn up to 25¢ per mile.
We believe in getting fit and feeling good about ourselves. And if we get to do good while we move then all the better.
Nike+ Training Club
The thing about sports brands pushing out their personal branded fitness apps is that these guys really know their stuff. They design our workout gear after all. Nike+ Training Club allows you to choose from over 100 workouts by Nike master trainers. These workouts offer beginner, intermediate and advanced options, so you don’t have to worry about whether you can keep up based on your fitness level.
You can also select fitness goals (get lean, get toned, build strength, etc) and even share your progress with like-minded people via a ‘Sports Feed’ feature that works similarly to Instagram.
Running and Walking with Endomondo
While it can also be used for a variety of physical activities, Endomondo works best for distance-based workouts by using the GPS on your smartphone to track your progress. First-time users begin by undertaking a fitness test to gauge their fitness level. The app then recommends a personal training plan based on the specific user’s preferred activities.
This activity tracker allows you to assess your pace, calories and more, and provides a training log to track your accomplishments. There’s even a pep talk feature — this app cheers you on via a voice-over by the app’s virtual trainer Endo, if you’re lagging behind or when you’re about to hit your target.
7 Minute Workout “Seven” with High Intensity Interval
This app fits right into a crazy busy schedule. Seven challenges you to exercise for seven minutes a day over a span of seven months, and provides you with an array of seven-minute workouts to do so.
Featuring a simple, user-friendly interface, Seven factors in a fun, interactive feature that keeps you motivated — you unlock new challenges (i.e. workouts) as you move along and risk “game over” when you miss three workouts in a month. Way to push us to inculcate a good habit.
Which fitness app would you be interested to try out? Tell us in the comments below.
Health & Wellness August 14, 2015