Are you wanting a new workout program but don’t want to spend money on a personal trainer or new gym membership? Take a look at these 8 free apps that can easily and affordably add more fitness to your day-to-day routine. Adding fitness to my life has been a struggle lately with my busy schedule. Recently, I started a new workout routine revolving around free apps I have found. Each app targets a certain area of the body and lasts about 5 minutes. Each day, I choose 5 apps to work on rounding out to a 30 minute workout with rest time. I can’t make any excuses about not being able to find 30 minutes in my day for a quick workout that has already been planned for me. These apps have really helped me to get back on track with my fitness goals and I hope they can help others too!
1. Runtastic Pushups
This is the app that started it all for me. I owe any strength I have in my arms to Runtastic Pushups. It starts you out with really small sets so it feels attainable. The first day I did the following sets 2-3-3-2-2. Those small numbers were easy to achieve on day 1. Each day the number of push ups increase but at a very slow pace. I am at a point now where I am doing sets that look like this: 16-14-10-10-14. Two months ago I never thought I would be doing this many push ups. This app has been a great motivation and creates realistic daily goals.
2. Daily Leg from Daily Workout Apps
With this app you can choose the amount of time you want to work out for. I always choose the five-minute option so I can focus on small intervals of each part of my body daily. As you are going through the workout it shows a video example of what you should be doing. It also gives tips at the bottom of the screen to make sure your technique is correct to get the best possible results and to stray away from injury. The exercises get increasingly more difficult to add difficulty as you gain muscle.
3. Daily Butt from Daily Workout Apps
This is pretty similar to the Daily Leg workout because they are run by the same company. It targets a different area of the body and focuses on strengthening those glutes!
4. Runtastic Six Pack
The Runtastic Six Pack app is a great abdominal workout that builds daily. It is similar to the Runtastic Push up app because it starts small and builds as you are building strength. The exercises are creative and change daily so you focus on different areas of the abdominal. This app has videos of the exercises to ensure you know what to do and gives tips on how to get the best out of your workout.
5. Cardio Sworkit
Cardio Sworkit is another app where you can choose the amount of time you want to workout for. I choose the five-minute workout. This app has video playing of someone performing the exercises while you are working out. The workouts get my heart beat racing and I can do all of the moves within my own home with no equipment needed.
6. Map My Run
Map My Run is an app that I have been using for quite some time now. It uses the GPS location services on your phone to track where you are running and how long it takes. Sometimes I will run half a mile (takes about five minutes) if I am wanting to do some outdoor cardio. It also has a social networking feature where it will send your friends notifications when you have gone on a run. Sometimes when I go on a run I will receive texts from my friends later telling me “good job!”. It is a little fun motivation to use the app!
7. 7 Minute Workout by Daily Fitness Routines
If you don’t have a lot of equipment at home this is a great app because it focuses on body weight exercises. This app gives you a full body workout and gives video and text descriptions of each exercise. No timer is needed and it is voice prompted so there is no need to worry about tracking your time.
8. 8fit Workouts, Meal Plans and Personal Trainer
If you are needing help meal planning this app can be very helpful! Not only does it give workout routines with videos and text descriptions, it also can provide meal plans based on your fitness goals. At the beginning of use, you will measure your fitness level with their strength test so they know exactly what your baseline strength is. This plan will take about 15-20 minutes so instead of choosing several apps per day this may be the only one you choose. This app gives a step-by-step guide on how to meet your fitness goals.
I would love to hear if any of these apps have helped you! I also would love to hear of other apps you have tried and loved!