Want to Keep Up With Your Fitness? Try an App

Want to Keep Up With Your Fitness? Try an App

If you’re like a lot of people, you might have made a new year’s resolution to work out more. And like many of those people, you might have already stopped, or you might be on your way to slowly phasing out exercise. (I mean, it’s close to March. That’s a lot of exercising.)

Instead of dropping the workout, it might help to find an app that can keep you on track. Using an app can often make things easier and add a sense of being rewarded for progress. It can also just make things more interesting so you don’t give up on that additional exercise yet.

If you’re looking to improve your workout, stay on track, or just get started, here are some apps you can check out!

Official 7 Minute Workout (Android & iOS)
The 7 Minute Workout is pretty popular, and this app, from Johnson & Johnson, is the original. You take part in, you guessed it, a 7-minute workout. This encourages exercise because it’s so easy to find 7 minutes to spare. There are almost two dozen workouts to choose from, some longer than 7 minutes, the longest being just over half an hour. Exercises can range in difficulty, giving you a chance to set up a routine that works at your level. There are also video tutorials, reminders, and more.

Charity Miles (Android, iOS)
This app can keep you motivated to stay on top of your walking, running, and biking schedule. As soon as you start your session, the app keeps track of how far you’ve gone on foot or on your bike. The further you travel, the more money you raise for the charity you’ve chosen. There are more than 40 charities, including Habitat for Humanity, ALS Association, and World Wildlife Fund. Knowing you’re raising money for a cause you care about can help make sure you actually keep moving.

Couch to 5K (Android, iOS)
The Couch to 5K app does what it sounds like—it helps anyone, including those who aren’t particularly fit yet, get to a point where they can complete a 5K. By following the app’s plan and suggestions, people can become ready for a 5K in nine weeks. You get help from virtual trainers, log your exercise, track progress, listen to music, and more.

JEFIT (Android, iOS)
JEFIT is an app for anyone who likes to work out and wants to keep up with their training, progress, and goals. You can watch HD videos to learn from experts, set and meet goals, log your training, and more. You can also add friends who are also working out with JEFIT, and you can take part in challenges for a chance to win money.

Map My Fitness (Android, iOS)
Under Armour offers this workout app, which offers many free features as well as paid ones. For free, you can keep track of all kinds of different workouts, plan routes and workouts, and sync all your info with other apps and devices, including your Fitbit. There are also challenges that offer prizes to the winners. If you want to pay a little, you can add features like a personal training plan and no ads.

Nike Training Club (Android, iOS)
This app offers a range of features that help you stay on track, learn new techniques, and keep up with how you’re doing. You get your own personalized training plan, and you get suggestions based on what you typically do. You can keep track of your exercise, watch videos to learn new exercises, and even learn workouts from names you know (like Michael Jordan and Cristiano Ronaldo).

Strava (Android, iOS)
With Strava, you can keep track of your running and cycling progress. This app has a number of free and paid features. With the free version, you can track activity, join challenges, connect with friends to view each others’ activity, battle to reach the top of the leaderboards, and connect with other technology you use (like Android Wear). For a cost, you can also get coaching and feedback, as well as deeper analysis of your workout.

Yoga Studio (Android, iOS)
Yoga Studio is a highly rated app for yoga enthusiasts of any proficiency level. For a reasonably small fee, you can access many different video classes and hundreds of yoga poses. There are different lengths of classes available, so you can find one that fits your schedule. You can also track your progress, personalize your own video classes, keep a schedule, customize what your class looks and sounds like, and more.