8 free fitness apps
Getting fit doesn't have to feel like a chore. We've compiled a list of our top fun fitness apps that might even make you forget you’re working out.
1. Get rewarded for exercising: Better Points
The Better Points app rewards you for exercising with points you can then spend on the high street in shops, such as New Look, John Lewis, Starbucks, and Hotel Chocolat; or online at sites like Amazon. You can use it for walking, cycling and running. Better Points uses your phone’s GPS to track your movements, so there’s no cheating. Use it on a regular route like a walk to work, and you might be surprised how quickly the rewards stack up.
Just don't buy too many chocolates with your reward points, or you might cancel out the good you’ve done exercising!
2. Dance your way to fitness: Dance Fitness Lite
There are loads of great dance apps, so you can find one that suits your level of fitness and dancing preferences. We’ve chosen the Dance Fitness Lite app because it has a vast range of different dance types, including salsa, cheerleading, Bollywood, street and Zumba. And, it doesn’t matter if you’re two steps behind the beat or resemble a daddy-long-legs trying to waltz – no one’s watching, so you can just enjoy yourself, while getting into shape.
3. A personal trainer in your pocket: Fitnet
Personal trainers are expensive - but what if you could get feedback on your exercise moves for free? Fitnet may have the answer. Designed to be used in tandem with an iPad, the app contains over 200 free workout videos, and provides real-time feedback via Fitnet’s biometric camera. There’s a point system that tells you how fast you’re moving and how much energy you’re putting into it. It’s a clever concept, and a novel way of monitoring your fitness.
4. Turn getting active into a game: Nerd Fitness
Self-confessed nerd Steve Kamb realised how absorbing video games can be, so he set up Nerd Fitness to ‘gamify fitness’. The format is that of a video game, and uses sci-fi and gaming terminology. Each person has their own character, and you carry out fitness ‘quests’, which you have to complete to go to the next level. The scoreboard ranks players as scouts, warriors and “assassins” (the deadliest title).
5. One minute desk workout
A number of studies have shown that sitting for eight hours or more a day increases your risk of early death. It’s important to get up, move around and stretch your legs on a regular basis. This app offers you 45 types of exercises that release tension when you’re at your desk, in a meeting or waiting by the coffee machine. It also gives you handy reminders during office hours so you won’t forget, and thankfully it skips during your lunch break.
6. Get celebrity support: One You Couch to 5k
Does the thought of running for 5km fill you with dread?
The Couch to 5k app from the NHS slowly builds up your stamina over the course of 9 weeks, encouraging you to get up from the sofa and get moving. Each week involves just three runs, starting with 20 minutes of exercise that alternates 60 seconds of running with 90 seconds of walking. By the end of the 9-week programme, you’ll be able to run for 5km – or for 30 minutes straight. Encouragement is given throughout each workout by your choice of celebrity voiceover. Choose from popular personalities including Jo Whiley, Sarah Millican or Michael Johnson to cheer you on!
7. Try a different workout every day: Daily Workouts Fitness Trainer
Whether you want to mix up your workouts or just prevent boredom, the Daily Workouts Fitness Trainer app features over 90 exercises for you to choose from. There are quick 5-minute targeted workouts as well as 30-minute full body workouts, with each exercise featuring a video to show you how it’s done. An on-screen timer keeps track of the time so all you have to do is sit back and get to work!
8. Personalising your workout: Adidas Training by Runtastic
Want to lose weight or tone up your muscles but have no idea where to start? Adidas Training by Runtastic allows you to create your own workout ranging from 7 to 45 minutes. Select the body areas you want to work out (for example core, upper body or legs) and the app will create a personalised set of exercises for you to complete. There’s also a place on the app for you to upload your progress pictures for extra motivation.
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