You want to be fit and looking good. So good, in fact, that people stare at you when you pass by. But, then you come home from work and go, “I’m too tired; I’ll just skip today” or “I’m too busy” or “I don’t know how to get a good workout.”
Good news! You don’t need to make excuses anymore. In case you haven’t kept up on the bazillion fitness apps available, they can do everything from monitoring your heart rate to tracking your sleeping habits to providing you with customized workouts and healthy meal planners. Whether you belong to a gym or not, these apps can get you back on track and feeling good. Here are just three apps to download to get started:
Nike Training Club
If you want to get some serious cardio and strength training in, get the Nike Training Club app. This training app gives you 90 customized workouts based on your goals. You can choose between getting lean, toned, strong or focused and also set your fitness level as beginner, intermediate or advanced. The app will then customize a few full-length workout sessions, each one being 30 to 45 minutes long.
The workouts come with step-by-step instructions and are illustrated with HD photos of each exercise. The workouts are timed and go directly from one workout into the next. You also can unlock bonus workouts designed by professional athletes.
Nike Training Club is free for Android and iPhone users and has workouts appropriate for both men and women.
This app concentrates on muscle building and is highly customizable.
You begin by choosing a goal (health, fat loss or muscle gain), and then choose the workout type (abs, upper body or lower body). You also can choose the equipment you would like to work with such as dumbbells, resistance bands or sturdy furniture like tables and chairs. GAINFitness takes care of the rest by designing a workout specifically for you.
There are videos for you to follow while an actual trainer explains the exercise and offers encouraging comments throughout the workout. Furthermore, the app includes a calendar that sends you push notifications when you miss a workout. It also tracks how many calories you’ve burned and how you are progressing.
GAINFitness is free for iPhone users. Workouts are free, but you can purchase additional packs such as yoga or basketball training that run from $3.00 to $30.00.
Fitness Buddy is the be-all, end-all in virtual training apps. It has over 1,700 exercises and 45 full-length workouts. Plus, it has over 1,000 videos and photos with HD and retina display resolution, which syncs perfectly with the iPad Mini with retina display. Each workout gives you instructions, and you can listen to music while you exercise.
The cool thing about this app is that it provides you with workouts using gym equipment such as barbells, kettlebells and resistance bands. So, if you have a gym membership or an at-home gym and you don’t know what to do, this app will help guide you through a workout. Additionally, you can workout for different sports like tennis, hockey and baseball.
Moreover, you can input the amount of reps and weight you used for each exercise and your body weight and heart rate so the app will track everything in a graph format.
Fitness Buddy is $0.99 for both Android and iPhone users. Background music is provided on the paid version.
So, you no longer have any excuses for not being able to exercise. Download and follow the apps to be a healthier version of yourself.