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Start Your Fitness Journey with these 5 Workout Apps
In a perfect world, I would be blessed with slender legs, toned arms, and to-die-for abs. Unfortunately, I am blessed with neither great genes nor a lot of time to go to the gym as much as I would have wanted. But thanks to our tech geeks who have made working out possible with all the mobile apps widely available. I have downloaded and tried quite a number of them, but only few remained favorites of mine over time. Here’s my personal list!
Nike+ Training Club
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NTC has always been my go-to workout app because it allows me to exercise even during my most lethargic days. It has a wide variety of workout programs like Get Strong, Get Toned, and Get Lean, and under each is a gradation. When I was first using this app, I was always doing workouts for beginners, and now, I’m moving up to advanced. I also like that there is a photo and video demo that you can review before you get started to avoid interruptions and pauses. Another plus is that you can sync your workout playlist.
Seriously, who else has time for a full hour of exercise daily? I know I don’t. During the busiest season at work when I barely have time to take proper meals, exercise isn’t really a top priority. But then, this app makes you realize that all you need is 7 minutes. I love doing the workouts in the morning before I take my breakfast. The best thing about this app, aside from the visually appealing interface, is that you don’t need anything else but a space and a chair.
I can’t afford a personal trainer, but this app is the next best thing. You would also be glad to know that this is in fact Kendall Jenner’s favorite workout app. What I love most about this app is its simplicity, not at all gimmicky. It’s going back to basics with about a hundred available exercises that you can do anytime of the day. This app, unfortunately, is currently only available in iOS.
I used to think yoga was only a fad until I started going to yoga classes. It only took a couple of classes to realize that I was hooked. When I don’t have the time to go to group classes or if my schedule doesn’t match my preferred yoga practice (gah, do I hate Ashtanga), I just open my Pocket Yoga app, bring out my mat, and get in the zone and in the zen.
I need music to workout especially when running. But the thing is, I easily get bored with the workout playlists that I create, so I really appreciate music and playlist that I discover on Spotify. I can no longer imagine how life was before Spotify came about. It’s genius!
I also had a few running apps, but not being a fan of running, I can’t really say how good (or bad) they are. So yeah, these days, your lame excuses for not being able to exercise don’t work anymore, because all you need is a smartphone (and who doesn’t own one?!) and 7 minutes, at the very least.