We all know how important health and fitness is to our well-being and if you are at all like me, you struggle to schedule in workouts and activities that get your heart pumping. While I often opt to walk to/from my Beacon Hill apartment to my office in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood and choose the stairs over elevators and escalators, I have found that these short moments of activity don’t quite cut it. I am a huge proponent of group fitness classes, but as much as I would like to attend group classes on the daily, my schedule often doesn’t allow it. Often my favorite group classes fill up quickly or are scheduled for times that require me to be a total frantic mess who is either rushing in or out of work to get my workout in. For me, the best solution for fitting in my workouts is by supplementing group classes with outdoor runs and DIY workouts at the gym (or at home if you have the space) with the help of some of my favorite fitness apps.
Some of the top benefits of using fitness apps to fuel your outdoor runs or DIY workouts is that there is no need to roll out of bed at the crack of dawn to make it to a 6:00 am class on time and you have the flexibility of having a guided and/or track-able workout during a time that is most suitable for you.
Let’s dive in. Below are the fitness apps that I use and love!
This app has been a favorite of mine for years now and for a free app it has a lot of great features. I’ve found that RunKeeper is the simplest way to track your runs and where you stand against your goals. My favorite feature this app offers are the audio updates throughout your run that clue you in on your pace. Of course, these audio updates are optional but they are particularly helpful if you are training for a longer distance race where pacing yourself becomes important.
Nike+ Training Club
This app is fantastic and is the perfect companion whether you are doing a workout at home or in the gym. I’m no expert when it comes to putting together DIY workouts and easily get stuck on figuring out how exactly a workout a workout move is supposed to look and was happy to find that the Nike+ Training Club eliminates any guesswork. Apart from the beautifully designed user interface, this app is fully searchable and browse-able by workout type, level, equipment used, and more. Oh, and did I mention it’s free?
With over 7 million users, SworkIt is doing something right. What makes this app unique is that each workout is randomized while also allowing you to select your workout type and workout length. This means, if you want to work your upper body on the reg you can do so while also enjoying a new workout each time. How cool is that? If you are someone who truly has limited time to workout or someone who is looking to challenge their muscle memory with randomized workouts, this is the app for you!
While this isn’t a fitness app per se, it does support users in reaching health and fitness goals. Because of that, I couldn’t write this post without including the LoseIt app. This app is tried and true and has been with me since the days of shedding the weight I gained while in college. Using this app opened my eyes to just how much I was eating and how little I was burning throughout the day. With an extensive database of foods, LoseIt provides you with the nutritional make-up of the foods you have eaten throughout the day, making you feel accountable throughout the day. I recommend this app to anyone who is looking to get an more accurate take on calorie intake and calorie burn.
Do you have any go-to fitness apps? As you can probably tell, I am loyal to some of the oldie-but-goodies but I am always up for trying out a new app if it comes well recommended!