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Since 2020 has made many of us stay indoors, a few common complaints I’ve been hearing of are a few more extra pounds from working at home, eating due to boredom, and backaches as a result of sitting at your office desk longer than usual. Although staying home and safe from the pandemic has probably saved us some money from the regular weekend outings, we can all probably admit we could do better in the physical activity department.
I had a discussion on my Instagram stories earlier this month about getting creative with staying active at home, and a lot of people requested me to create a list of the best ideas. Here are some of my favorite at-home workout apps!
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Free: Nike Training Club
Apparently, the Nike Training Club app used to be a premium app for members only, but now it’s free. You can get access to over 185 workouts from yoga to bodyweight workouts and more! Originally, Nike made the app free for only 90 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they decided to keep it free indefinitely. While I can’t promise they won’t retract this decision, I definitely suggest that you download it before they change their mind! It’s available for both iOS and Android.
Free: 7 Minute Workout
If you’re looking for something more simple that can get your blood pumping in a short amount of time, check out the 7M Workout app. These workouts are based on HIIT (high-intensity interval training), which are short yet intense workouts that can fire up your metabolism, break a sweat, and get your energy going. Of course, they have 7-minute workouts, but they also have more advanced workouts that are around 15 minutes (which is still really short!). I recommend this app for people who are typically sedentary and want to introduce some physical movement into their lives without overwhelming themselves. You can dedicate 7 minutes of your day to fitness! It’s available for both iOS and Google.
Free: Daily Yoga
If you’re looking to integrate yoga into part of your daily lifestyle, Daily Yoga is a great free option to get you committed. Many people say they’ve used the free version of this app for months before deciding to upgrade to the Pro version, so this is a great way for you to test the waters with consistent practice before committing to a paid subscription. It’s available for both iOS and Google. And if you’re looking for other yoga apps to try out, you can check out Down Dog or Asana Rebel and see which program you like best.
If you’re already into running but want to track your runs, Under Armor’s MapMyRun is a great free option. It’s pretty straightforward and the interface isn’t wonky for a free app, so I recommend this for runners who already have a playlist and don’t need any guided assistance to help them with their pace. It’s available for both iOS and Google.
Aaptiv is an affordable fitness app focused on boutique classes, so if you enjoy fitness classes that are lead by a trainer and have good music, this one might be for you. It’s all audio-based, so it still allows you to feel immersed in your workout without being glued to a screen (which is great since this is a mobile app). And you also have access to tons of different classes, so boredom will never creep into the picture. You can try it out for free with a 7-day trial.
$9.99/mo: Weight Loss Running by Verv
I personally use and love this app! My issue with running alone is that I, like many, simply run until I can’t anymore, and this doesn’t allow you to properly gauge your pace and improve from your last running session. Weight Loss Running is great for not just advanced runners, but beginners as well: each day there is a new running regimen that’s slightly more challenging than the last, so it takes the guesswork out of your regimen. The beginner workouts aren’t extremely difficult, which is actually the reason why I started to enjoy running (where I used to hate it before!). You can also use your own music, so you aren’t limited to the in-app playlists. Aside from Verv’s Running app they also have a Walking app and Fitness app available as well. Check out their apps here.
$5.99/month: Zombies, Run!
If you want a more immersive and fun running workout, try Zombies, Run!. This app functions like a zombie survival game: for each workout, you listen to a story of a zombie apocalypse unfold, and you’re one of the characters in this world running for supplies. It involves not just long-distance running, but sprints and jogs, as you encounter zombies that chase you. During your run, you “pick-up” items which you can use to build your base in the game; however, if you aren’t fast enough when chased, you drop items to stop the zombies. It’s a really fun way to get your running in, and even creepier if you run at dusk – or I daresay even nighttime – since the zombie growls in the game sound realistic with headphones on (I did this before, and it definitely got my adrenaline pumping!).
$19.99/month: Title Boxing Club On-Demand
This is my personal favorite, although the priciest option in this round-up. If you enjoy boxing, Title Boxing Club On-Demand might be the right one for you. With this membership, you get full access to a number of different boxing classes with different trainers, ranging from beginner to advanced, short to extensive. And it’s not only restricted to boxing: they have a collection of kickboxing classes as well as warm-ups and cool-downs, beginner videos to help you with your stance and form, or bodyweight workouts for conditioning too. It offers everything a regular boxing gym does, minus the in-person trainer (and we know how expensive boxing trainers can be, let alone a boxing club membership).
Although having a punching bag is recommended, you can also get by with shadow boxing along with the workouts. Boxing is a cardio-intensive workout, so you’ll still break a sweat!
You can access Title Boxing Club through the mobile app or even their streaming app for your smart TV. And if you don’t have the available phone operating system, you can still access it through your phone’s web browser. The web page option allows you to play on older devices and laptops, so you can get some on-screen training conveniently in front of your punching bag.
Have you tried any of these fitness apps? What are your favorites? Share with me in the comments! Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter below and follow me on Instagram for more money-saving lifestyle tips and tricks.
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