The reality of today’s digital age is that all of us end up spending a lot of our time aimlessly scrolling through our phones just to pass the time and let’s be honest hear, if it was an olympic sport we would all be very worthy contenders of that gold medal. In reality though, it isn’t an olympic sport and the only working out that is being done is by our poor, continuously scrolling thumbs. But what if we told you that with the help of the right apps you could put all of that scrolling to good use and actually get a workout out of it?
The app store can easily become a very daunting place and if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for it can be a slippery slope and you can easily get lost in the maze that is the app store. To help you out I’ve put together a list of the top 5 fitness apps complete with a description of each to help you to decipher which one is best suited to your fitness needs and goals.
1. Zombies, Run!
First up is arguably the most fun of them all so if you’re in it to have fun and enjoy your workout as much as possible, this one is right up your street. Running and exercise in general can be a great way to clear your head and forget about whatever stresses or problems you might have going on in your life. This app helps you to do just that as you get lost in a fantasy world of your own as your run turns into a fight for survival against the undead. Using the threat of Zombie attack to dictate your routes, speeds and tactics in an undeniably effective way.
Clearly the app is doing something right, or rather you’re doing something right in downloading the app when you put into perspective the fact that it’s been downloaded over a million times in just the 3 years that it has been available.
In 2012, when the hugely popular website, Fitocracy, launched an iOS app, it was no surprise when it instantly shot to fame as one of the most popular exercise apps available on the market.
Although perhaps not the as creative, Fitocracy uses the same concept of turning workouts into a game. Achieve your fitness goals and you get to move up a level, winning points as you go and competing against others that are part of the Fitocracy community. The app also offers workouts that are tailored to the user’s fitness ability and for an added cost provides you with a personal trainer in your pocket.
I think I speak for a lot of us when I say that our number one reason for skipping a workout, whether it’s an excuse of a genuine reason, is not having enough hours in the day to squeeze it in but for those of us whose time is very precious, this one is for you.
There are more 5 to 7 minute workout than any deprived little gym bunny could hope for which means that you can help reach your fitness goals without having to sacrifice any of your quality time spent with friends or family. An additional feature of the app it’s able to measure how closely you follow the moves shown on the screen as part of your workout, taking your selfie game to the next level.
4. Spotify Running
Previously featured on the Paul Cooney Fitness blog as well as my own was an article that I wrote about the Top 10 Workout Songs for your Gym Playlist but if that wasn’t enough for you, we’ve found an even better solution to finding the best music to see you through your workout.
Most of us already have the Spotify app on our phone and as part of the app, Spotify Running measures your pace and selects a song with the same beats per minute to match it.
5. Couch to 5K
Couch to 5K is a great app for running beginners. If you’ve always wanted to get into running but struggle to find out where to start, this one is for you and first stop on your newly embarked upon running journey is the app store to download this onto your phone. The app provides you its users with 3 workouts per week as part of an 8 week programme. Give it a go and before you know it you’ll be a pro, taking both the start and finish line confidently in your stride.
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