If scrolling through Instagram photos and getting likes was a sport, most of us would be gold medallists. We’re constantly reminded that we spend too much time on our phones and that this technology dependence is bad for our health, so how about turning it around and using your phone to help you live a happier and healthier life this year?
If you’re looking for a new way to help you achieve your goals, download these fitness apps to coach you, motivate you and help track your progress:
Let’s start by getting you motivated. The free Discovery app is a personalised tool which not only keeps your medical aid details in one place, but also motivates you to achieve your goals by offering rewards of free smoothies, coffees, and now also the chance to help a less privileged child by donating stationery.
The app is simple, convenient and available for anyone that has at least one active Discovery product. Each week the app will give you a Vitality fitness points target. You earn points by logging a certain amount of exercise on your phone’s health app, by going to the gym, completing a race or tracking steps on your linked Fitbit to name just a few. Once you’ve achieved your goal, you can choose which voucher you’d like and enjoy your free treat – it’s as easy as that!
Now that we’ve found the motivation, it’s time to start your exercise with the Johnson & Johnson 7-minute workout app. This is perfect for those days when you don’t have time to go to the gym, but don’t want to completely skip a workout.
The app guides you through a simple 7-minute workout, with a short video acting as your personal trainer. It also allows you to choose more advanced routines that vary in duration and intensity, and you can even create your own custom workout routines tailored to your needs and goals.
We all have to start somewhere, and training for a 5K is usually a good starting point. If you’ve never been very fond of running, but want a form of exercise that is free and comes with the added bonus of soaking up some vitamin D, then Couch to 5K should be the next app you download. This app has a free eight-week program that gives you three workouts per week to ease you into getting ready for your next local Park Run.
Once you have your training routine and have established which type of workout suit you best, Strava lets you tap into your competitive side for further motivation. This app lets you track your bicycle rides and runs, to then compete against other people who have also signed up!
Strava collects everyone’s routes and times, breaks them into segments, and lets you know who achieved the best time along different roads and trails. The best thing about it? If you’re the fastest on the road, everyone else near you will know it.
Nike+ Training club
The Nike+ Training Club app is your ultimate personal trainer. This app is loaded with everything you’ll need to achieve your goals and become that healthier happier person you’re always striving to be.
Choose between more than 100 workout plans tailored to
your needs designed by professional athletes and trainers to get you fitter, faster and stronger with clear guidelines. In typical Nike fashion, the overall style and user-friendly design is, once again, just a cut above the rest.
It doesn’t matter which kind of motivation or type of daily guidance you need to meet your fitness goals and improve your health; we guarantee that there’s an app to help push you over that finish line.
Do you have a passion for helping other people achieve their fitness goals? Why not sign up for one of our short courses to become a group exercise instructor for indoor cycling, aerobics, Pilates, yoga or fitness classes?