The exercise apps to try if you hate going to the gym
They’re the easiest way to stick to your get-fit New Year’s resolution
By Kate Niven
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / January 10 2018
The gym is like Vegemite: you either love it or hate it. If you fall into the latter category then don’t stress, there are plenty of other ways you can reach your fitness goals (and stick to your New Year’s resolution) without having to step foot in a gym.
Here, we take you through our five top picks of the best exercise apps available.
If you are an exercise beginner
While Couch to 5K might sound a little daunting if you’re sitting firmly on the couch end of the spectrum, the app’s training plan starts off easy and gradually increases your running time with each session.
It also features audio cues from a personal trainer, instructing you to push a little bit harder and longer than your previous run. If you stick to the program, you’ll be running a five kilometre distance within nine weeks.
If you are short on time
Chances are one of the reasons you avoid heading to the gym to workout is because you’re strapped for time. Thankfully, there are a plethora of seven-minute workout apps that have been developed off the back of research that found exercising at a high intensity for a short amount of time could actually reap impressive results.
One of our favourite seven-minute apps comes from Johnson & Johnson. The app features a simple interface with easy-to-follow steps – the only hard part will be completing the high intensity workout. At least it only lasts seven minutes, right?
If you enjoy exercise classes
If you don’t have a gym membership but are a big fan of exercise classes, Qinetic is perfect for you. The free app enables you to choose your exercise preferences from yoga to strength and beginner to high intensity before compiling a custom list of classes for you to try. According to the app there are more than 400 video classes to choose from!
If your energy levels fluctuate
Some days you feel as though you could run 10km without breaking a sweat and others you can barely manage 10 sit-ups. Thankfully, Kineticoach asks you to rate your energy levels before it generates a custom workout for you on any given day. According to the app it has a bank of more than 600 workouts, with more being added daily.
If you want everything in one place
If the sheer number of different workout and food apps you’ve downloaded is overwhelming a whole lot more than just your phone’s storage, then the MyFitnessPal app might be what you’re after.
The app enables you to enter your current weight and height, along with your fitness goals, before generating a daily calorie guide for you. From there you can enter in what foods you eat, how much water your drink and how much you exercise throughout the day to give you an idea of how healthy your daily habits are and where you can improve.
Want more exercise tips and tricks? Then find out how Anna Heinrich stays motivated to exercise, and discover how walking 10,000 steps a day will improve a whole lot more than just your fitness level.
What’s your favourite exercise app? Share it with us in the comments below.
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Kate started working for BEAUTYcrew in early 2016, first as a contributor, and was then named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine, and she now works in PR.