Fitness Apps

Health and Fitness Apps

We all have busy lives, it comes with the times we live in, and while this does wonders for productivity, it can mean that it is increasingly difficult to find the time or energy to stay in shape. I have put together some recommended health and fitness apps to support you with your fitness and you can use them in your own time to meet the demands of your schedule.

Here are some recommended fitness apps for you:

Recommended Activity Sharing App: Strava

Strava’s enduring popularity (over ten million people have logged more than one billion activities) isn’t down to the obsessive record-keeping of its users – it’s because of Strava’s social features. You can share your runs and rides with a huge community of users, congratulate others on their efforts, ask for advice, and compete with friends and rivals to nab the King of the Mountain (virtual) jersey for your local hill. Strava is incredibly simple to use for newcomers, yet also offers enough depth in the data it tracks to satisfy those who are happiest whiling away hours analysing their performance. strava.com

Download from App Store and Google Play | Free, individual packs £2.99 a month | Eight Essential Tips For Strava Beginners

Recommended For Tracking Running: Runkeeper

This venerable and extremely popular run-tracking app is stuffed to the gills with details about your on-foot excursions. The interface is clear and the social side of the app is well developed thanks to a 50-million strong userbase. Runkeeper also offers pro users bespoke weekly training plans. runkeeper.com

Download from App Store and Google Play | Free, pro version £7.99 a month

 

Recommended For Counting Calories: MyFitnessPal

The undisputed king of calorie-counting apps – a title held ever since the days it was simply known as MyFitnessPal. An unparalleled database of foods means it’s easier to log your meals with this app than any other, which accordingly helps you track your calorie intake and detailed macros. All of which should, in theory, make sticking to a healthier diet virtually effortless. myfitnesspal.com

Download from App Store and Google Play | Free, pro version £7.99 a month

Recommended For Guided Bodyweight Workouts: SWORKIT

Circuit training is an appealing idea, but for many people compiling a list of exercises to ensure a comprehensive workout is too much like hard work. Fortunately, SWORKIT has oodles of bodyweight exercises built in to the app, with pre-set routines that let you choose whether you want to focus on strength, cardio, yoga or stretching, and which parts of the body, if not all of it, you want to target. Onscreen animations guide you through every step of your workout, which you can set to last from five minutes to an hour. And once you’ve become a circuit training buff, you can use the exercise bank to build your own session from scratch. sworkit.com

Download from App Store and Google Play | £3.99 a month, £7.49 a year

 

Recommended For Beginner Runners: One You Couch to 5K

There are a lot of apps out there that will coach you through a training plan designed to get you running 5K without stopping – but Public Health England’s One You rules them all for three main reasons. The first is that it’s completely free, the second is that the plan and individual training sessions are presented clearly and engagingly, and the third is that those sessions are narrated by celebs like Michael Johnson and Sarah Millican alongside the main coach Laura, which works wonders in keeping you interested. nhs.uk/oneyou/apps

Download from App Store and Google Play | Free

 

Recommended For Guided Running Workouts: Nike+ Run Club

An excellent running app, which features audio-guided runs from Nike coaches and athletes, including the mighty Sir Mo Farah. You can also get a personalised training plan that’s tailored to your goal and current fitness, plus the app will remind you about your sessions and adjust the plan automatically if you’re forced to miss a few. nike.com/plus

Download from App Store and Google Play | Free

 

Recommended For Making Indoor Training Fun: Zwift

Most cyclists and runners dread taking their training indoors, because staring at a wall for an hour while you exercise is a lot less fun than taking in the sights of the great outdoors. Zwift has changed all that by replacing the wall with the virtual world of Watopia. Sure, it’s not as eye-catching as reality, but the cycling community on Zwift is especially well established and you can join in rides and races with people from all over the world through the app. Link Zwift to a smart turbo trainer and it will also change the resistance in line with the gradient you’re tackling in Watopia to make for a more realistic ride. zwift.com

Download from App Store | £12.99 a month

 

 

Recommended For Running On A City Break: Runnin’ City

A holiday doesn’t have to mean a holiday from running – and why not take the opportunity to take in some of the best local landmarks at the same time? Runnin’ City has a range of guided running tours that cover 120 cities, with runs of 5K, 10K and 15km available in each locale. For those concerned about running up a huge phone bill, you can download the audio and maps to your phone to use later so you don’t incur any roaming charges. runnincity.world

Download from App Store and Google Play | Free

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