Friday, January 27, 2017

Free Workout Apps to Help You Stay in Shape at Home

I will be the first to admit that I never work out at home. If I do, it's running or a short yoga flow. Otherwise, my best work is done in a class where an instructor yells at me (in a very encouraging way), I angrily grunt and grimace while pushing myself to do it and at the end, I feel super proud of myself for doing it. I come back for more and more every day. It's kind of ridiculous when I think about it. But that doesn't work for everyone. Some can't afford the gym in terms of their time, their money, child care, etc. So then your best bet is at home.

Just in case you ever wanted to know what apps are on my phone! Also, St. Lucia <3
I've rounded up some of my favorite apps that can help you work out at home without any extra equipment besides maybe a few weights, a mat and some music. Music makes everything better! Also, get ready for some awesome phone screen shots!

Emily Skye's Workouts

Emily Skye is my Facebook gym buddy crush. Thanks to the slightly scary algorithms on Facebook, when I started working out and getting healthy, Facebook started showing me all these workout videos. Emily Skye's were the ones that I was most drawn into. The videos were short, moves were easy and homegirl had a super enviable body and wardrobe. And she's Australian! She has workouts you can do at home without any equipment, in the gym on machines, with a friend, or a mix of all of the above.

What I like is that you can get a free daily workout.

And just in case you don't know what the moves are, it walks you through them!

She also has multiple programs you can do through the app that do require purchase. You can also just get most of her videos on her Facebook page!

FitStar came with my Fitbit.

I access it most through my FitBit Blaze, but it's also an app you can get on your phone or tablet. On my Blaze, I can automatically access a Warm-up, 7-Minute Workout and 10-Minute Abs.  On the app, you can get other free sessions such as Mountain Cross and FitStart 15 under Freestyle Sessions.

You can sign-up for Fitstar Basic for free which will get you 2 sessions per week or you can upgrade to Fitstart Premium which gets you unlimited sessions, all Freestyle sessions and premium programs. It's only $39.99/year, which is still less than I pay a month for my gym!

PopSugar Active
I don't quite remember how I found PopSugar, but it is one of my favorite blogs/email services. They have great short articles about foods to eat, new exercise moves, why you aren't losing weight and other health topics as well as general beauty and fashion tips. I get an email from them every day and I probably read at least one post from every email, sometimes multiple! And they have an app!

It's a free app (yay!) and there are carido, yoga, butt-toning, full-body, abs and core, etc. videos of all different lengths (10, 20 and 30 minute) as well as interval workouts to do on the treadmill and elliptical!

There are also customized workouts by strength training, running, yoga and cardio.

I haven't tried any of these out yet, but I've watch a few of the videos and while the instructors are peppier than I prefer, the moves are very similar to what I do in class and give you good tips about your form.

Map My Walk
Ah. My old standby. My old friend. We don't see each other as much now that I have a Fitbit, but we used to be BFF. When Aaron and I used to go running all the time, this is what we used to track our time and mileage.

Cool things you might not know about MapMyWalk. It gives you suggested routes near where you live. These are routes that others have done and they have logged their walking, running, cycling, etc. You can use these to help change up your routine. It also stores all of your routes. I think it's fun to sometimes look back at my old routes and times.

You can also do challenges. You can follow one of the apps challenges or you can set your own. You can also challenge any of your friends that you've connected with on the app.


Fitbit is probably my most used fitness app, but it's not really my favorite for workouts.  I do think it's a fabulous way to track your steps, heart rate, calorie intake, water, weight, etc. It's replace MyFitnessPal for me in that respect. But it doesn't really have anything to keep you active besides the neurosis that happens when you are in a Workweek Challenge with your best friend that's a teacher and has a baby and you work a desk job. That will make you try to at least get more steps in. But that's it. It doesn't really do anything else special. The Fitbit app is a great tracker app, not a fitness app.

I'm sure there are more, tons more, apps out there, but these are the ones that I use the most or am most impressed by. What about you? Are there any apps that you use when you can't get to the gym?

1 comment:

  1. Great round up, Sarah! I Fitbit is definitely my most used app just because I can so easily track my steps, calories, heart rate, etc. But I agree that it's not my favorite for working out. The PopSugar app looks promising though. I'll have to check it out!