If you’re looking to kick-start a new fitness regime, you don’t have to shell out hundreds of dollars for a gym membership and personal trainer. A smartphone is all you need.
But the number of apps on the market is a double-edged sword. It means there’s lots of variety, but unfortunately, there are more duds than winners. It can take a lot of time to find an app that is both a high-quality product and a proper fit for your routine. If you need a place to start, here are some ideas.
These exercises were originally a form of meditation and spiritual practice in India, but have become popular in Western civilization as a gentle way to encourage flexibility and mental wellness.
Yoga for Beginners: Mind + Body offers several classes for free on their app, focusing on building strength and flexibility in specific body parts such as knees and back, as well as full-body exercises.
Down Dog offers a unique experience when you boot it up for practice, creating a new randomized routine every time. The free version of the app allows you to pick your experience level (beginner, intermediate and advanced) ensuring you get the most out of your workout.
High-intensity Interval Training
The most popular form of this exercise is CrossFit, which former CEO of EBI Consulting, Jeffrey Previte describes as a “…fitness program that incorporates elements from several sports and forms of exercise. Using movements from everyday life, like squatting, pushing, and pulling, a trainee can strengthen and condition their body for optimum fitness.” There are several apps available that use this method.
Seven-7 Minute Workout is best if you have very little time and motivation. Not only are the exercises quick, but you can challenge other users through “Gamification” to up the stakes of your workout. This app is free, but there are in-app purchases to improve your experience.
Freeletics offers several, you guessed it, free workout plans. Many users praise this app for its no-nonsense approach and easy-to-use interface. If you’re unfamiliar with HIIT and need a little guidance, there are several articles available to get you up to speed.
This is one of the most popular forms of cardio exercise and is a good way to get yourself outside to enjoy fresh air and sunshine.
Zombies, Run! Is part audio-drama and part workout program. By going on your run you collect supplies and rescue survivors of a zombie apocalypse. This app lets you listen to your music between outrunning “zombie attacks,” ensuring an experience that is always engaging and motivating.
ASICS Runkeeper is aimed at beginners but is built well enough that any runner will want to hit “download” in the app store. You don’t just track your runs, but create training programs to work towards goals. With this app, you can find safe routes to run as well as connect with other users.
These apps are more than enough to get you started, and may even be all you need along your fitness journey. Take the plunge and try them out today.