Fitness Apps: Navigating the Options

In today’s world, everything is becoming more connected, more technological and in some ways more complicated. Smartwatches, fitness trackers and a million apps are out there of your choosing. But how do you know which one fits you?

Some are free, some are paid. Some count calories, some have fitness communities for buddy workouts and some give you sample exercises to motivate and inspire. So many choices and so much variation can be intimidating and confusing. To make it easier, we have made a list of some of the most popular fitness apps for your smartphone that won’t cost you a dime.

RunKeeper

Whether you are building up for a marathon or just curious about your evening strolls, RunKeeper is a 50 million user platform that can help you keep track. The app features GPS features and allows you to plan, save and compare routes. RunKeeper provides custom training plans and allows you to push through challenges, win rewards and share your progress with others.

Price: Free

Charity Miles

Have a big heart, but find it difficult to find the motivation to hit the road and start running? Charity Miles works with corporate sponsors whose information will be the backdrop to your run on your app. They have agreed to donate a few cents for every mile you cover and you can choose from a list of charities you may want to support. Pick the one you feel most inspired by, put on those shoes and start donating. It’s a win-win situation!

Price: Free

Strava

If you are looking for an app that motivates you to get more serious, this may be the one for you. Millions of runners and cyclists record their progress, counting not only the distance and calories covered but contains features such as elevation gained, average pace, fasted mile and comparison to previous workouts. Furthermore, the distance covered by each athlete is not only counted in each separate workout but added up over your entire week, month, year and even membership time. Like many other fitness apps, it features a social platform, allowing you to compare your stats to other athletes, win awards and push through challenges.

Price: Free

J&J Official 7 Minute Workout

“I would love to workout but I have no time!” This excuse will be hard with this science-based workout method designed by the director of exercise physiology at the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute. Fast, efficient and easy to use, this app provides clear and detailed instructions on 72 exercises that will help you improve your fitness quickly. It motivates by tracking your progress in days and cycles completed, allows you to easily swipe between songs and lets you share screenshots with your friends.

Price: Free

5 Minute Yoga

To continue with the “no excuses” attitude, let’s have a look at the 5 Minute Yoga app. This app provides clear and detailed instructions with images and descriptions to ensure the correct posture. The app aims to help you strengthen your body, increase your flexibility and relieve tension. The routines are just 5 minutes long, so you can start your day, have a quick work out on your lunch break or center yourself before going to bed. There is no one that cannot spear five minutes a day to increase your health.