We are easily trapped into endlessly scrolling through social media or watching videos on our phones, distracting us and leaving us stuck in lazy patterns. But there is also a whole crop of wonderful apps that can help you become and stay healthy by providing workouts and tracking exercises and meals.
This app lets you track and measure your runs and other exercises. Unlike other tracking apps, this one also acts as a coach, motivating you to work towards the goals that you set. There is only a one-time fee to upgrade to the Pro version, which includes coaching features, music player integration and more.
This free app offers a variety of workouts that, at only seven minutes long, are easy to fit into your busy day. There are a variety of intensity levels to choose from, and the only gear you need is a chair. Most of the moves are simple (think jumping jacks, planks and tricep dips) but the app also coaches you through how to do them.
For a monthly fee that is substantially lower than gym memberships, you will have access to hundreds of fitness classes of different levels and styles. These include yoga, cycling, treadmill running and more. Aaptiv provides many of the benefits of boutique fitness like encouraging instructors, challenging workouts and great soundtracks, for a lower price, and without an obligation to leave the house.
Strava is another tracking app, one of the most sophisticated on the market for both running and cycling. It tracks distance, elevation, speed, heart rate, cadence and power, then synthesises the data into graphics. The app is more competitive than others as it tracks times on certain routes and compares them to those of all other users who run or cycle on the same paths.