Achieving a healthy lifestyle and the coveted, elusive balance of mental and physical wellbeing without working out at least a couple of times a week is, in our humble and hopefully not so unprofessional opinion, impossible. Although a healthy diet is a great start and it’s undoubtedly one of the cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle, this is, without a hint of doubt, a Jordan-Pippen kind of proposition – meaning that you’ll have some success with either, but it’s much more effective and the results are much more spectacular if you’re employing both at the same time. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to (and should not) confine your workout activity to the gym, as there are several other options for taking care of your body, with running and swimming being prime examples. The more sports you do, the better you’ll feel and the better you’ll look, so thinking beyond lifting weights and doing an hour on the Stairmaster is highly advised. In our super healthy compilation, we’ll introduce the very best apps for different types of workouts, ensuring a selection varied enough for anyone to find the type of workout that fits their lifestyle, fitness level, and fitness goals the most.
1Sworkit – Custom Workouts for Exercise & Fitness
In this day and age, we spend so much time working, commuting to work and back home, attending to daily chores, sitting in front of our laptops, and staring at our phones scrolling away at social media timelines that we barely have any time left for ourselves and for the things that truly make our lives better – which includes working out. With Sworkit, you can find workouts that fit into any schedule or lifestyle, so even if you’re as busy as Kobe Bryant was during his farewell tour last season, you’ll be able to put in a few minutes of work every single day thanks to an immense selection of video workouts with their lengths ranging from as little as 5 minutes up to as much as 60 minutes. Sworkit delivers varied workout plans for three fitness goals – getting leaner, getting fitter, and getting stronger –, and comes equipped with a Schwarzenegger-in-his-prime-sized exercise database bursting with exercises targeting specific body parts in case you’d like to put extra effort into getting a six pack.
2My Swim Pro – Personal Swim Trainer
The most impressive item on My Swim Pro’s not-at-all-mile-long resume is that the app is used and recommended by several Olympic swimmers and professional athletes – though if you have that on your resume, it doesn’t have to be mile-long. Regarding what My Swim Pro brings to the sweat-covered workout table (Kind of yuck. Sorry!), it packs hundreds of training programs you can select from based on your preferred workout type, current skill level, and the length of the pool course you’re swimming in. There are video tutorials and set descriptions for each workout, and you can track your performance with a workout log and in-depth analytics. My Swim Pro has a premium subscription for $14.99 per month or $99.99 per year that scores you instructional video content, additional workout categories, and advanced analytic graphs. Sounds cool and oh-so-pro, but if you’re only swimming to stay in shape or to get in shape (or, God forbid, for fun), you’ll be more than satisfied with the app’s free features.
3C25K® 5K Trainer FREE (Couch Potato to Running 5K)
The genre-creating and most outstanding couch-potato-to-5k running app brings you a highly effective training program boasting an amazing track record, as C25K has helped millions of people abandon their couch potato ways and become avid runners in only a few weeks. C25K’s training regime is made up of three 30-minute sessions per week, and as the emphasis is on building your stamina slowly from the ground up, initial workouts are pretty light. To ensure that you can get all your calories burned and steps taken data, that you can share your run details on social media, and last not least that you can listen to music during your runs, C25K is compatible with a wide range of health apps, pedometer apps, social media apps, and all music apps known to mankind. When you’re in need of running-related tips or a healthy dose of extra motivation, just visit C25K’s forums where experienced runners will gladly help you out and answer your questions.
4Fitness Buddy: Gym & Home Workout Exercise Trainer
Fitness Buddy has been praised by an amazing assortment of media outlets and experts and has often been referred to as the most outstanding fitness companion for iPhone, a de facto know-it-all pocket personal trainer. All the praise that’s been heaped upon Fitness Buddy is one hundred percent well-deserved, as the most fit app you’ll ever have on your iPhone has an exercise database containing more than 400 exercises with detailed descriptions, animated tutorials, and body part-specific categories. Oh, and have we mentioned that all of these features are accessible for free? If you’re ready to spend a few bucks each month and you’re looking for more advanced features, go for Fitness Buddy Premium, which, for only $9.99 per month, gets you a staggering 2,400 exercises, over 1,000 HD tutorial videos, goal-, gender-, and equipment-specific workout programs, and body tracking metrics for in-depth progress and performance monitoring.
5Cyclemeter GPS – Cycling, Running, Mountain Biking
If you’re often overcome by an out-of-the-blue urge to hop on your bike and ride it until your feet can no longer take it, you not only have something in common with the legendary Freddy Mercury, but you’re also probably in pretty good shape, and you’re getting in your daily dose of workout without you even realizing it. That’s all dandy and fine, but we’d advise you to be more conscious of your bike rides and start logging and analyzing them – preferably with Cyclemeter. Using the app, you can track your heart rate, bike speed, bike cadence, and bike power, but the features galore does not stop here, as you can also view terrain and traffic maps thanks to Google Maps, analyze your performance online, and up your performance with training programs you can select from depending on your preferred training type, fitness level, and fitness goals.
Fitbit is a versatile activity tracker that, with a set of useful features, contributes in a big way to you living an all-around healthy lifestyle. Fitbit comes equipped with a pedometer and packs a feature called MobileRun, tailor-made for tracking your distance, pace, and time during walks, runs, and hikes. Moreover, you can control your music via the same MobileRun feature, monitor your heart rate, log your workouts for thorough performance analyzation, track water intake, set and track nutritional, exercise, and weight goals, view your meal history for nutritional insights, and last not least, using the built-in barcode scanner and a food database made up of more than 350,000 unique items, log and estimate calories.
Watch this step-by-step guide to learn how you can sync your Fitbit tracker to iOS devices, how to adjust your sync options, and how to set up smartphone notifications like calls and texts. See more at www.fitbit.com/how-to
7Fitstar Personal Trainer
Fitstar Personal Trainer, an App Store Editors’ choice, comes equipped with dynamic workout routines with lengths ranging from 7 to 50 minutes, allowing you to select the length that fits your schedule the most. Adding another layer of customization is the fact that these workouts are dynamic, meaning that they adjust to your performance, workout goals, and feedback. Fitstar’s further features include a smart activity tracker that recommends exercises based on your daily performance, an exercise database, and flawless compatibility with the Apple Health App and several weight management apps. To unleash Fitstar’s full personal training potential, you have to shell out $7.99 per month or $39.99 per year for the app’s premium subscription.
8Map My Run - GPS Running & Workout Tracker
Courtesy of Under Armour, the US-based sportswear brand, Map My Run is one of the best running apps for iPhone, boasting the type of versatility that makes it perfect for runners of all levels, from complete beginners to marathon-running veterans. Of course, Map My Run is not all about running, as it has the tool for tracking and mapping over 600 activities, while also packing comprehensive performance monitoring features, running challenges, and the ability to set adjustable personal goals. If Map My Run’s basic setup is way too rudimentary for your liking and for your workout regime, the Map My Run MVP Premium Features package for $5.99 per month or for $29.99 per annum nets you a handful of pro-level extras including heart rate monitoring and analysis and a dynamic, personalized training program.
9Workout Tracker Gym Log Exercise Tracker by JEFIT
The most noteworthy highlight of JEFIT’s workout tracker is a gigantic exercise database packed with more than 1300 exercises for kettlebells, dumbbells, barbells and cardio machines, so it’s safe to say that you’ll have an abundance of priceless information at your disposal essential for getting in the best shape of your life. There are animated tutorials and detailed instructions for each exercise, ensuring that you’ll neither get hurt nor do an exercise with improper form. The latter is a common mistake among workout newbies, and although it might seem both harmless and effective at first, it can very well have devastating, long-lasting consequences. Workout Tracker’s miscellaneous features include a workout routine planner tailor-made for putting together goal-specific, personalized workout plans, thorough exercise tracking for a wide range of workout types with in-depth progress analysis, and access to JEFIT’s active and helpful community.