If your fitness routine is feeling a little stale as of late, consider downloading the following fitness apps onto your smart phone.
Regular physical activity can go a long way in achieving heart health, And while these apps have not been scientifically proven to work, they are fun and offer a creative bent on everyday exercise that may motivate you to go the extra mile. The choices of types and amounts of physical activity depend on personal health and fitness goals, which vary by individual.
Fitocracy allows users to track workouts and join groups. It also helps them set up challenges with other ‘fitocrats’ and provides an interface to chat about progress.
Strava offers both Strava Cycling and Strava Run, two dynamic fitness apps for two of women’s favorite physical activities. The apps, available on iPhone and Android, allow you to find routes based on your location, track your performance, and compare your performance relative to others. You can also follow friends and their activities, join groups or clubs or start your own.
Nike Training Club
If hiring a personal trainer doesn’t fit into your budget, consider downloading Nike Training Club instead. The app allows users to establish goals and receive personal training workout tutorials. It also customizes music selections for each workout and tracks fitness progress over time.
Those interested in tracking runs need not look further than RunKeeper, an app that allows users not only to gauge distance, but also share runs and bike rides with friends through social networks.
Daily Yoga is an excellent application for those who want to change up routines regularly. It offers a variety of video sessions, led by certified yoga instructors, and allows users to connect with other yogis.
Charity Milesis an app that allows users to track mileage and then donate—in the form of real money—to the charity of their choice. Bikers earn 10 cents per mile and runners earn 25 cents per mile. The app is free; donated funds are generated through corporate sponsorships.
Let these apps help you during your heart-healthy exercise routines.