The best apps to start an exercise routine

It is no secret that exercise has many benefits to improve your physical and mental health. However, it can be difficult to get the motivation needed when starting out on this new journey. Luckily, there are many apps available in the app store that offer great features to help you stay accountable with your workouts. In this blog post, we will take a look at some of these top-rated apps so you can find one that best suits your needs!

Couch to 5k

 

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The best apps to start an exercise routine are often those that take you through a “Couch to _____” program. These programs typically involve intervals of walking and running, starting with only minutes at each level before gradually increasing the time spent exercising until you can run for 30 minutes straight. The key is not necessarily how long it takes you to get there, but the fact that you are starting from a place where it would have felt impossible before. You can also find yourself competing against other users if you want some extra motivation or accountability for your progress.

Best for: Complete beginners

MapMyRun

 

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Sticking with a running focus, next up is MapMyRun. This free fitness and distance tracking app allows you to map your runs, bike rides or walks with the built-in GPS using detailed history and statistics of your routes. For those who like listening to music during their workouts, an integrated player lets you control playlists from within the application. The interactive community provides additional motivation as it gives users challenges such as weekly step goals or sharing running achievements with others on social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter!

Best for: Tracking distances for exercise.

Zombies Run!

 

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If you like the idea of running but find it a bit boring, then this could be the answer. Zombies Run! is a great way to motivate yourself if you like an adventure. Be the hero at the centre of this immersive running game and audio adventure as you run for real to escape zombies in the game.

Best for: Those seeking excitement from their workout.

Fitocracy

 

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Fitocracy is a social fitness app that allows you to track your workouts, challenge friends with daily workout routines and more. It’s great for people looking to get in shape or lose weight because it has customisable graphs so you can see how much progress you’re making. This app is a great option if you want an easy way to exercise without being overwhelmed by the gym.

Best for: Community and comradery.

Sworkit

 

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Sworkit, dubbed as a personal trainer app, allows you to set how much time you have, what equipment you want to use (such as only bodyweight exercises), and then get a workout in no matter where or when to encourage consistency with convenience.

The workout plans are designed to help you reach your fitness goals from a selection: Weight Loss; Muscle Gain; Improved Flexibility; Increased Endurance; Weight Maintenance, or to Simply Tone.

Best for: Those with busy schedules looking for variety.

MyFitnessPal

 

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This well-known app has all sorts of fitness plans available based on age, gender, height etc. You can also add recipes from websites like Allrecipes or Epicurious onto it if you want additional nutritional information about what’s in them. There are also forums where people post questions about working out or nutrition-related topics too.

Best for: All-round wellbeing support and understanding your nutritional intake.

Yoga for beginners

If you are looking to get started with yoga practice but don’t have a studio near you, this app could help you. The clue’s right there in the name, Yoga for beginners, boasting it can get your practice started in just 10 minutes a day. Integration with Apple Health means you can integrate into your health tracking if you are an Apple user.

Inexpensive compared to other classes available at your gym or studio, your monthly cost will be less than you would expect to pay for a single class; it could be a great way to try the practice.

Best for: Wannabe yogis

In Summary

The best app for you will really depend on what your focus is but here are some of our favourites to try:

  • Couch to 5k. Best for: Complete beginners
  • MapMyRun. Best for: Tracking distances for exercise.
  • Zombies Run! Best for: Those seeking excitement from their workout.
  • Fitocracy. Best for: Community and comradery.
  • Sworkit. Best for: Those with busy schedules looking for variety.
  • MyFitnessPal. Best for: All-round wellbeing support and understanding your nutritional intake.
  • Yoga for beginners. Best for: Wannabe yogis.

These are just some examples of apps to help you get started on your fitness journey – there are many more out there that you could try! If you are new to exercise, don’t forget to check in with your GP before starting a new regime and check out our guide, 5 simple steps to start exercising.