Now more than ever, staying connected, healthy and motivated can be a daily challenge. Technology now plays an incredibly central role in helping us maintain our health and wellbeing. To help guide you through your fitness journey during lockdown and beyond, we’ve put together 5 apps that can keep you driven towards your body goals.
Staying active and healthy every day is made easy and enjoyable with Nike Training Club (NTC).
The upper echelon of fitness apps is now offering its premium membership for free to everyone who downloads the NTC app, until further notice. Premium membership includes studio-style streaming workouts, progressive training programs, and expert tips from its elite range of Nike Master Trainers.
The NTC standalone app also has over 185 workouts, ranging from bodyweight-only sessions and yoga classes to targeted training programs and full-equipment workouts for all fitness levels.
You can add friends too and keep tabs on each other, monitoring daily progress and supporting each other’s’ long-term goals. This adds a much-needed social element to daily training, and seeing your progress can give you so much more motivation.
We all learn, train and adapt differently – and our workout regime should reflect our personal style of training.
Enter Aaptiv – an app that lets you tailor a workout to suit you. Try to think of it as a friendly personal trainer in your pocket. It’s an audio-focused app, that can have your personal trainer barking orders or giving soothing encouragement.
After creating a weekly plan based on your personalised settings, you can pick from a vast array of workouts each focused on a distinct fitness goal. To give a sense of personality and enhance your experience, each workout is run and MC’d by a different trainer, and features a different genre of music.
Aaptiv offers unlimited access to thousands of workouts, with 30 news workouts added every week.
For those of you who prefer a visual approach to an aural one, there’s Fiit. This app links directly to your smart TV to emulate your own personal fitness class.
The workouts are challenging but very rewarding, and the trainers are all charismatic, motivating and top tier. Together with distinctive, energetic music, this all creates a kind of ambience you can get lost in, which is something missing in a lot of people’s lives without gyms right now. An immersive experience can really drive you to give it your all, and that’s exactly what Fiit offers.
When it comes to yoga, Alo Moves is the undisputed mecca of apps.
With over 2500 yoga classes taught by top yoga instructors, the app creates a powerful sense of calm and a distinctive ambience. You can find yourself forgetting that you are in your home at all, reaching beyond your horizons from the comfort of your living room or bedroom. As well as mindfulness and meditation exercises, Alo Moves offers unlimited yoga classes of every style and level, including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha, Yin, Kundalini, and prenatal.
Looking after your mental wellbeing plays a major role in keeping fit, maintaining motivation, and ensuring healthy weight loss.
You may have heard the saying: you should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day — unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.
Well Headspace only takes 10 minutes, but somehow managers to offer an exponential benefit to your mental wellbeing, mindfulness and happiness over time.
The app takes you through compelling but straightforward meditation and wellbeing practices that are designed to help you remove stress while improving your mindset, sleep patterns and overall wellbeing.