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If you’re looking for ways to shed pounds or get stronger, you may be surprised to learn you’re already equipped with a powerful tool that’ll help you get the results you’re after – your smartphone. There are hundreds of fitness apps out there, paid and free, to help you break a sweat, build muscle and burn calories. These apps can empower both you and your family to work out and get into shape – no gym or equipment required.
Ready to incorporate more exercise into your life? Here are the top workout apps that can help you – and your family – get into shape!
JEFIT is one of the best free apps out there for anyone looking to start working out, whether you’re looking to break a sweat at home or at the gym. It offers lots of guided workouts, easy access to video demonstration of exercises, and an easy way to track your progress as you move through your routines.
You’ve probably heard the saying – “Abs are made in the kitchen.” While working out is critical to getting into shape, the food you eat plays a huge role in your overall fitness and wellbeing. MyFitnessPal is a great app for tracking calories and making sure you get the nutrition you need. You can “friend” family members through the app to keep track of each other’s progress and motivate each other.
Couch to 5k
Running is a great way to break a sweat and get into shape, but for many, it can be a real struggle. The Couch to 5k app is a great coach for anyone looking to become a runner. As the weeks progress, you’ll find yourself running for longer and longer intervals, taking shorter breaks until you’re running a 5k without any issues. Invite the whole family to lace up their running shoes and hit the sidewalk, and you’ll all be impressed by your results.
This workout app is built around the simple idea of a super-optimized seven-minute workout. The app will guide you through each day’s routine with fun visuals and verbal instructions, and you’ll pick up badges and achievements as you go. The simplicity of the app, straightforward moves, and lack of equipment make this app perfect for families who want to get fit together.
There are lots of variations of this app, including the 7-Minute Workout for Kids app, which is geared toward little ones.
Sworkit (and Sworkit Kids)
Sworkit is an app geared toward people who don’t have a ton of time to spend working out – or who simply prefer shorter bursts of exercise. You can choose from prebuilt workout routines, or you can build your own by choosing from their library of over 300 exercises. They even have Sworkit Kids – a version of the app geared toward those between 7 – 14 years of age.
Embrace your inner yogi with Down Dog, an app designed to walk you through yoga classes you can do from the comfort of your living room. Each routine is accompanied by music and detailed instructions, creating a studio-like experience that most apps don’t offer. A quick yoga session can be a great way to enjoy a few minutes of peace and solitude, or you can invite the whole family to follow along and get into the flow.
If your preferred way of working out involves walking, running or cycling, Charity Miles is a great app to use. It encourages you to work out by making a charitable donation of a few cents for each mile you complete. If you’re ever feeling unmotivated, reminding yourself that you’re working out to support a great cause can be the boost you need to get out of the house and hit the sidewalk.
An important component of physical fitness is flexibility. If you’re feeling a little stiff, consider StretchIt, an app geared toward helping you become more flexible. You can customize your routines based on your skill level or flexibility goals, and the app will help you track your progress. Want to learn how to do the splits? This app will help you get there!
Did your favorite fitness app make this list of workout apps? If not, leave a comment and let me know what app has made the biggest impact on your fitness journey!
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