The Best Fitness App For Your Personality
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The Best Fitness Apps For Your Personality
Fitness apps that let you set goals for yourself or gain access to a personal trainer can strengthen your commitment to exercise, says a new study from the University of British Columbia. But with more than 150,000 fitness apps to choose from, how do you know what’s worth your precious time, money and phone storage?
While some people relish apps with lots of enticing bells and whistles, others prefer a more streamlined experience. To help you find the right fitness apps for your personality and style, I’ve rounded up the best fitness apps I’ve seen as a fitness instructor.
1) For The Adventurous and Outdoorsy Type
What you’ll love about it: With more than 50,000 trail maps and reviews for walking, running, mountain biking and more, this app takes the guesswork out of finding the perfect hike and even how to get there. Filter trail searches by time commitment, fitness level, and family needs (think dog- and kid-friendliness). Free with in-app purchases; Apple, Android.
2) For The Techy Type
Try : Pear Sports
What you’ll love about it: Gain access to audio-instructed indoor and outdoor workouts from top trainers and athletes. Then use incoming data from your other tech devices, like a heart-rate monitor or activity tracker, to personalize Pear’s workout feedback in real time; compatible with multiple wearables, including Garmin and Apple Watch. Cost: Free with in-app purchases; Apple, Android.
3) For The Admitted Type A
Try:Keelo High-Intensity HIIT Workouts
What you’ll love about it: Created and instructed by certified CrossFit coaches, this app provides dozens of quickie, high-intensity workouts with the goal to perform as many reps as possible in the time allotted for each video-instructed exercise. The more self-directed and ambitious you are, the more motivating you’ll find this app. Cost: Free with in-app purchases to get more workouts; Apple
4) For The Busy Bee
Try: Seconds Interval Timer
What you’ll love about it: High-intensity interval training helps you work in a good workout quickly, and there are many apps that can help. The Seconds app stands out for its especially large, clear display—you can see the timer even if you’re not that close to your phone (or caught sans glasses). Also handy, is the ability to name each interval in a set (e.g., pushups, squat jumps) , so you get a written or audio reminder of what exercise you’re supposed to be doing. Cost: Free but you’ll need the $6.99 upgrade to save your interval creations; Apple, Android
5) If You Prefer a Personalized Experience
What you’ll love about it: Benefit from the guidance, motivation , and accountability of an online personal trainer who can create a personalized fitness program, help with meal planning and provide clear, video instructions of exercises he or she recommends for you—all within a single app! Search for a trainer at trainerize.com then download the app. Cost: App is free but training services come with a fee; Apple, Android, web
6) If You Could Use A Dose of Accountability
Try: Timeglass Countdown Timer
What you’ll love about it: This simple app allows you to set a timer for, say, a 30-minute walk or run, helping you stick to your promised workout from start to finish (forget about bailing early because you weren’t keeping track of the time). Create your own countdown timer or draw from the app’s suggestions, which include workouts, productivity, meditation, steeping tea and more. Cost: free with $3.99 upgrade; Apple
7) If You’re Just Getting Back In Shape
Try: Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout
What you’ll love about it: Although you can find a few different “7-minute” fitness apps on the market, this one was born out of a research-backed article from the highly accredited American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Created and instructed by an exercise physiologist, the app provides short, full-body circuit training workouts you can do with just your bodyweight. Add your own playlist and customize the app based on your motivation to exercise and fitness level. Cost: Free; Apple, Android