No matter what it is, there’s an app that will help you get it done. This same mantra applies to fitness, as well. These days, you can find apps for everything, whether you’re trying to count calories, track your steps, or help guide you through a workout that is specific to your unique needs. Here are seven of the best fitness apps available today.
Aaptiv is available for both iPhone and Android devices, and it’s one of the more expensive options at $9.99 per month or $75 per year. However, it’s also one of the best and most comprehensive fitness apps available today.
Aaptiv is perfect for those who have committed themselves to getting fit, but aren’t sure exactly how to get there. It’s true that you can find workout videos and recommendations online for free, but Aaptiv takes things a step further by giving you access to on-demand training right from your mobile phone, whether you’re at the gym or at the track. The trainers who make the videos are quite motivational, and they even provide music that perfectly matches the intensity of each workout.
A big part of getting and staying fit involves a healthy diet, and the Shop Well app will be your companion here. It’s free for both iPhone and Android devices, and it’s also quite easy to use.
Shop Well is different from other fitness apps because it gets to know your personal dietary goals, then makes a personalized profile to help you buy the right foods. Simply scan the item you want to buy using your smartphone, and Shop Well gives you a score between 1 and 100, with 100 being the best possible score for your needs. If you scan something that returns a low score, Shop Well will even provide you with alternatives that are healthier. It’s like carrying a nutritionist in your pocket.
If high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is your part of your routine, then the Keelo app will be your best friend. There are free options for iPhone and Android, but you can also opt for the premium app if you so choose.
Keelo is a database of strength, conditioning, and cardio workouts that top out at 20 minutes long. You can complete them at the gym or at home, which makes it incredibly versatile. One of the best things about Keelo is its ability to create a unique and personalized workout based on your goals, then give you an itinerary of your workout so you’ll know what to expect. Keelo also syncs well with Apple Health so you can track your results every step of the way.
Sworkit is one of the best fitness apps for incredibly busy people. It’s free for Apple and Android devices, but you can also opt for the $4.99/month premium plan.
These days, everyone stays pretty busy, and fitting a workout into your daily schedule can feel impossible. With Sworkit, all you have to do is tell the app how much time you have and the type of workout you want – cardio, strength training, stretching, or even yoga – and it will deliver a personalized workout based on your chosen filters. Just follow along with the moves. The premium edition allows for even more personalization, such as the number of reps you want or the part of your body you want to focus on.
Spotify Running is free on iOS and Android devices, though the Spotify app itself (which is required for Spotify to work correctly) offers subscription options. As far as fitness apps go, this is one of the most popular.
You likely already listen to music as you run, and if you really pay attention, you can often feel yourself matching your strides to the beat of the music. Spotify Running takes this to the next level by doing the exact opposite: it tracks your pace and speed, then offers a song with the beats per minute to match. In fact, it does its job so well that you might even keep running long after you’ve met your goal.
Yoga Wake Up
According to Eastern medicine, it’s important to get your body moving as soon as you wake every morning. Yoga Wake Up is one of the only fitness apps of its kind in this regard. It’s free for both iPhone and Android devices, but in-app purchases are available.
With Yoga Wake Up, you simply set your designated wake time, and the app will provide you with a 10-minute yoga sequence. Each one is a bit different, too. For example, while some focus on setting intentions for the day, others are more about holding a pose or even meditation, depending on your needs. If you’ve been meaning to do yoga daily but you just can’t find the time, this app is for you.
Endomondo is one of several fitness apps that helps you keep track of your progress, but this one is quite unique. You can find it on iPhone and Android devices for free, but there are also optional in-app purchases.
Most of the cardio-based fitness apps simply keep track of what you’re doing without providing any real guidance. Endomondo is different because it allows you to set goals before you start. For example, you could set a goal that you want to bike three miles in 15 minutes, then turn on Endomondo and pop in your earbuds. As you bike, Endomondo will keep track of your progress and let you know whether you’re on track to meet (or even exceed) your goal, and if you fall behind, it’ll tell you to speed up. The best part? You can use it to challenge your fitness buddies and share your progress.
There are hundreds of fitness apps out there, and some are certainly better than others. The seven shown here are the most comprehensive, so whether you want to lose weight, fit in some yoga each day, or simply keep your heart healthy with regular cardio, these apps will help you do it. If you enjoyed this article, check out our write up on virtual reality exercise trends.