7 fitness apps for a healthier lifestyle

7 fitness apps for a healthier lifestyle

by Elizabeth Jones
Stripes Korea

Working out usually falls at the bottom of our to-do lists. Some people may dread it while others just don’t know where to start. However, we all know that working out is vital to overall health. Working out can be fun, convenient and effective if you have the proper resources to start. There isn’t a need for pricy memberships or equipment if you have these awesome apps on your phone.

1. Sworkit
Sworkit is great for any fitness level. You can choose workouts that last from five minutes to an hour. You can do yoga, pilates, strength building and cardio workouts, or build a custom routine that requires no equipment. This app is best for people who don’t have enough time to hit the gym. You can also use Sworkit when you don’t have access to a gym. The app is free with optional in-app purchases.

2. Nike+Training
Choose from more than 100 workouts designed by the world’s best trainers and athletes. Whether you are looking for a high- or low-intensity workout, this free app gives you the tools you need to achieve your goals. The Nike+Training Club is a free app that creates a personalized training plan for you and customizes it as you go, in order for you to continuously get better, faster and stronger. There are video clips available to show you how to do each exercise and ensure you have proper form.

3. Fitness Point
This app comes with hundreds of descriptions and videos demonstrating different weight lifting exercises for each muscle. After you become familiar with exercises, you can create a customized workout plan for your specific goals. You can log each workout to track your progress along the way. If you’re brand new to weight training, Fitness Point has free workout plans from professional trainers available. Fitness Point is free. The Pro version costs $4 and includes a timer, graph to visualize your progress and much more!

4. Couch to 5k
If you’ve always wanted to try long distance running but have no idea how to train, Couch to 5k is the best app to help you reach your goals. This free program is nine weeks long. Each week, you are given three workouts to get you ready for your local 5k. Download Couch to 5k far enough in advance from the race your want to participate to ensure you are well prepared.

5. FitStar
FitStar is perfect whether you’re working out at the gym, home or on the road. FitStar creates a workout for you no matter where you are. The free app also syncs with Fitbit and other fitness apps to consolidate your fitness activities. After each workout, you are able to rate the difficulty of each exercise performed. This allows FitStar to configure the ideal workout for your body that is challenging but not overly strenuous.

6. Strava
For those of you long-distance runners or cyclers, Strava is your ideal free app. It allows you to record your activity using its GPS capabilities and syncs with fitness trackers, such as Fitbit, Polar and Garmin. Compare your progress from past runs or rides and compete with family and friends to keep each other accountable. You can join run or ride challenges to accomplish new goals and even win prizes! You can use Strava when you’re traveling to find the best places to ride and run like the locals there do.

7. Daily Yoga
Yoga lovers, rejoice! There’s a free app for you to enjoy yoga anytime and any place. Daily Yoga offers over 400 poses, scheduled plans and even calming music for you to de-stress. You can choose a different program each day depending on your goals and what you’re feeling. Programs that Daily Yoga offers are yoga for weight loss, toned arms, flexibility, de-stress, prenatal, better sleep, slim legs and more!

The most important thing is to pick a workout routine that you enjoy doing. Try these apps out and find the one that works best for you!

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