Smartphones seem to be increasingly present in most aspects of our lives. They facilitate social connection, provide entertainment, and even help us run our homes. It’s no wonder then they have become very integrated into our personal wellness practices as well. Here are a number of the most popular workout and fitness apps that are helping people to get more in touch with their bodies.
Home Workout – No Equipment
Home Workout – No Equipment is pretty much exactly what the title implies, a workout app that you don’t need any fancy equipment to use. Utilizing bodyweight resistance techniques, it provides users with workouts that they can use to target different areas of the body and that also take into account skill level. The helpful illustrations and video links for each technique make it easy to learn how to perform the motions correctly.
Strava is a cardio-focused workout app that you can use to map your running, cycling, or swimming workouts. It keeps track of stats like distance, pace, speed, elevation and more. There is also a strong social aspect to Strava that sets it apart from other similar apps. You can keep in touch with others and even compete against them, or you can discover new routes that are popular with other users in your area.
Couch to 5K®
Want to start running, but you don’t have any experience? Couch to 5K® is the perfect workout app for you. In as little as 20-30 minutes three times a week for 9 weeks, incremental training methods will get the user on par to compete in a 5K (3.1 mile) race. There’s even a digital coach that talks to users as they run to keep them focused, motivated, and on-track.
Pocket Yoga is a workout app that guides you through 27 different yoga sessions of varying length and difficulty. Soothing voice commands prompt you through each pose, and even include the timing of your inhalations and exhalations. There are also 200 well illustrated pose images to demonstrate correct posture and alignment, and the option to listen to music from other apps.
RUN with DMC
RUN with DMC is a fitness app that is partnered with Detroit Medical Center to provide sports medicine guidance and support. You can learn about shoe selection for running and common running injuries, access DMC physical therapists, and even find local physical therapy locations. This is a must-have support app for runners.
Sleeptracker® 24/7 has been the leading sleep monitoring app for the iPhone since 2012, and it is easy to see why. It is a fitness app that provides in-depth sleep analysis that is within 90% accuracy of professional sleep monitoring equipment. It records sounds like snoring, sleep apnea, and sleep talking for review in the morning. It also monitors a number of different health stats, integrates with the Apple Health App, and wakes you up at the optimal moment.
My Water Balance
Almost as easy to overlook as a wellness factor as sleep, water intake is also vitally important. This fitness app helps you to increase and monitor your water intake. Utilizing personal statistics, the app determines the proper amount of hydration for each individual. It then reminds the user throughout the day to hydrate and graphs the results for easy reference.
My Fitness Pal
My Fitness Pal is a fitness app that is centered on the user’s diet. It is a calorie counter and food log, but also a lot more. You can easily search a database of 600+ foods, scan barcodes, and log items from popular restaurants to track your calories and nutrients. You can also learn how to make healthier food choices, create your own recipes, customize your food diary, and much more.
We hope these workout and fitness apps are helpful on your journey towards personal wellness. Mix and match them to find a good combination that is the right fit for you.
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