7 awesome fitness apps that won't cost you a penny
That personal trainer was a bit weird anyway...
"I'm definitely going to get fit, I swear."
Are you? Are you really? You said that three months ago, back before your running shoes had accumulated more dust than Tutankhamun’s coffin.
But don't fret, help is at hand. With a plethora of endorphin-releasing apps just a tap away - each designed to fit around nonstop lifestyles - there's no excuse not to get in shape.
Best of all, they won’t cost you a penny…
Nike+ Run Club
Nike’s Run Club curates playlists for your sprinting pleasure. It also boasts a wide social network for help, tips and the best routes, and, most importantly, allows you to humblebrag about your new PBT on Facebook. Oh yeah, you’re one of those types now.
One-minute desk workout
You don’t need the sleuthing skills of Sherlock Holmes to work out that office chairs are slowly killing us. But you do probably need a nudge in the way of how to offset the damage of sitting. Doing exactly what it says on the tile, the One-minute desk workout app offers you 45 types of exercises to release tension when you’re at your desk or in a meeting. As a bonus for workaholics, it even prompts you with reminders.
As if the people behind Ted Talks branched out into the fitness app market, Qinetic is an interactive, on-demand video wellness platform bringing together some of the biggest names in the industry for exclusive classes in yoga, strength, nutrition, cardio and more. These include live classes all beamed onto your Apple Watch. Handy that.
Johnson & Johnson Official Seven-Minute Workout
It’s the age-old question: how on earth are you supposed to burn calories when you’re too busy burning the candle at both ends? Discover why more and more fitness addicts are swearing by seven-minute workouts with this incredibly popular app, featuring a set of pre-designed workouts for you to get a sweat on anywhere, anytime.
Ask yourself: what right-minded person doesn’t stop mid-run to select the Rocky theme on their MP3 player before a big hill climb? That was a rhetorical question. Anyway, designed to keep your music in time for your workout, whether light jog or full-on sprint, Run Weav matches the speed of your run to the tempo of tracks. It's going to be big. Currently only available in the US, watch this space for a UK release - and if you are spending a bit of time state-side it should be a must.
Fitly is not technically a standalone app; it’s a bot for the Facebook Messenger app that enables you to stay up to date with exercises in the most simplistic of ways. Answer a series of questions about your goals and you'll get some ultra helpful exercise advice – it's like Siri's had a baby with Mr Motivator.
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Hiring a personal trainer isn’t without its downsides – if it’s not the cost, it’s having to show up at the gym on the dot. Save yourself the grief – and the money – by opting for a digital PT. Fitbit Coach offers helpful videos that break exercises down before sessions, while special audio classes will push you on during gut-busting treadmill sessions.