After spending the winter months hiding indoors from the cold, it’s time to get outside again and enjoy the springtime temperatures.
One of the positives about the weather turning is it can be easier to want to be active. If you’re looking to start up a new fitness regimen, or want to take your current one outdoors, it can be easier to stick with if you track your workouts and progress.
Don’t worry; no pen and pad necessary. Instead, check out these 15 motivational apps that can help you stick to a fitness routine.
Get fit and raise money for a good cause with Charity Miles. Whenever your run, walk or go for a bike ride and use the app, you can earn money for charities. Charity Miles has a list of corporate sponsors you can choose from that will donate a few cents for every mile you complete.
Yoga tutorial apps can be great if you want to avoid the classroom setting, but what if you still need an instructor to help you guide you a bit? The Cody app is like a yoga instructor your pocket. It also serves as a support community for casual exercises and sells customized plans where you can get step-by-step instructions and self-help advice. The Be Strong series is geared toward helping you develop physical and emotional resistance while the Beach Yoga Slim Down package is a combination of workouts and mediations to confront mental challenges that come with losing weight.
Keep tabs on all of your physical activities with Digifit iCardio. The free cardio tracking app will first help you establish your training zones, figure out what your fitness level is and accurately calculate how many calories you are burning. You can also set fitness goals and keep track of your progress and gauge your sweat equity weather your choice of cardio is running, walking or bike riding. Digifit iCardio’s GPS capabilities also allow you to map and log how long your workout as well as how far you traveled and how fast you were moving. After you’re done, you can share your results on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter or via email.
Endomondo, like most fitness apps, lets you track your fitness and workouts, but you can also record pep talks for your friends, and they can do the same for you. Endomondo also lets you analyze your heart rate and provides audio feedback. The app syncs with the Endomondo.com site, where you’ll have access to a full training log on your computer.
The kind folks at Fitocracy are trying to pull off a rare feat — make exercising fun for everyone. The app’s founders took their love of video games and applied that to a fitness app, which keeps users motivated by giving them various levels and checkpoints they must meet before they move on to the next one.
The app uses badges and icons to guide you through your workouts, and you’ll get a fitness assessment and a personalized nutrition plan. With this app, you’ll meet and challenge other community members including FRED, the Fitocracy Rewards Exercise Droid, who will keep track of your progress and cheer you on.
Having the FitStar app is like having a your own training coach working alongside you. Your workout routine will be geared toward your physical abilities, and exercises will be calibrated so that they’re challenging but not so difficult you can’t accomplish them. Put together your ideal routine and workout goals, and then FitStar will craft your personal workout session.
Hot5 is the perfect workout app if you’re short on time or on the go (or both!), but still want to exercise. Hot5 is full of easy-to-follow five-minute workouts. You can select from among yoga, abs and core work, Pilates and more. It’s great if you want to add a Hot5 workout as an extension to your routine, or if you want to make it your exercise for the day you could put together five to six different exercises.
Human might be one of the more laid-back fitness apps out here, but it’s no less encouraging than the others. This app’s focus is to get you moving for 30 minutes a day, your “Daily 30.” If you’re not a runner, that’s fine; Human just wants to you to engage in a physical activity for a half hour. Walking, dancing and biking all count. The app also tracks your movements and will give you a summary of your achievements for the day.
As you’re working out, a little encouragement can go a long way. Coach.me offers such encouragement with reminders as you work toward goals and celebrates progress along the way. You’ll get a high-five just for checking into the app. Plus, you can track your progress and send words of encouragement to other members in the Coach.me community. The app supports Apple Watch, and for $15 a week, you can also get access to a personal coach.
Feeling healthy and looking good are two great motivators for working out daily, but money can be, too. With Pact, users pledge to exercise a certain number of days each week and prepay a certain amount of money. When you miss a day of working out, you have to pay up, but when you do work out you get paid. Pact also lets you connect with other fitness tracking apps.
An oldie, but goodie, RunKeeper still serves as one of the top fitness apps in the workout community. The app helps you track your run, bike ride or walk through your phone’s GPS system. You can check out your stats through the RunKeeper app or on its website and keep track of your progress.
There’s also a feature where you can connect with your friends so they can follow your achievements and goals. RunKeeper also has an audio cue option and provides real-time coaching with audible updates on things such as your pace, distance and time.
RunDouble: Couch to 5K
If it’s been awhile since you’ve gone for a run, RunDouble: Couch to 5K has you covered. This app will guide you through your workout, help you reach your fitness goals and track your results and share them with your friends. The RunDouble app is designed to get you from the couch to running a 5K in just nine weeks. The program can also be expanded to help you run a 10K or half marathon.
Runtastic Six Pack Abs
Runtastic Six Pack Abs helps you strengthen your core with a selection of workout programs that last between 10 days and close to a month. The high-definition videos of your virtual trainers are in slow motion so you can easily learn each exercise and avoid injuries. All abs and core workouts are customized to your needs; it’s like having a personal six-pack trainer in your pocket.
Spring takes the challenge of matching music to your work out of your hands. The app’s DJs create a playlist based on your workout cadence and steps per minute. All you have to do is start moving, and Spring plays music that will match your rhythm from more than 50 playlists and stations that are categorized by genre, artists and beats per minute. You can also reach Spring’s fitness coaches seven days a week by phone or email. The app also lets you track and save your runs, distance and the songs played during each workout.
Sworkit lets you create your own targeted workout routines. You pick the part of the body want to work and chose from one of Sworkit’s 20 workouts, or you can create your own. Workouts include strength-building, yoga, cardio, Pilates and stretching.
Sworkit creates randomized routines, too, so you don’t plateau or get bored by your workout. Sworkit also has a premium version that opens up more exercise options, shows your workout history and lets you save custom workouts.
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