Not everyone likes being tied down to an exercise routine or a paid membership that you’re not sure you’re going to use. However, no matter what adventure you want to try next, you need to be fit enough to handle it. That’s why these mobile apps are a blessing. They’ll let you work out without the commitment of an annual membership.
Sworkit (Free on Android, iOS)
If you like mixing it up a bit, Sworkit will provide a great mix of cardio yoga, strength training, and stretching exercises. It offers video trainers, so you can see real people doing the poses and routine and follow accordingly. You can target trouble areas, pick a yoga routine to centre yourself before a busy day, choose a general workout, or use it for a cool-down after a run or cycle ride. Routines can be customized to suit your abilities and fitness level. If you have a bad knee or an injury, you can choose to remove the exercises you can’t do.
Download Sworkit here.
C25K (Android, iOS)
This app promises to take you from newbie to 5k runner in just 8 weeks. That’s not to be taken lightly. Running is one of the easiest sports you can pick up. You don’t need anything except a pair of running shoes and a route to run on. The app guides you through 3 weekly workouts, 30 minutes each, mixing it up between walking, jogging and running without overdoing it. It gives you audio coaching while you run, integrates with your phone so you can listen to your own music, and lets you post your progress on social networks.
Download C25K here.
Nike+ Training Club (Android, iOS)
Get your training from the best! This app lets you adapt your training plan to your level of fitness, and helps you gain strength, endurance, and flexibility. The routines and exercises are designed by Nike instructors and athletes, and you can choose if you want video or audio coaching, depending on the sport.
Download Nike+ Training Club here.
Fitocracy (Android, iOS)
If gaming is your thing, Fitocracy provides all the motivation you need. Use this app to create exercise routines, track your fitness goals, level up and earn badges, unlock points, take on challenges, and share this all with your friends. This is one addiction that’s good for you.
Download Fitocracy here.
Daily Yoga (Android, iOS)
If high-intensity reps and fist-pumping coaches are too much for you, you might want to download this yoga app. You’ll have access to about 500 yoga poses, all aimed at strengthening, stabilising and increasing flexibility, all of which you need for almost any adventure sport. You can plan your yoga routine for categories like beginners, balance, flexibility, menstruation, weight loss, and a lot more. It also comes fully loaded with peaceful music, meditation guidance, and video guidance for every pose.
Download Daily Yoga here.
Zombies, Run! (Android, iOS)
This is just a little something extra. If you’re bored of the regular running apps, and don’t want to hear your playlist one more damn time, download Zombies,Run! Put your headphones in, and the zombies are chasing you! You can hear them moaning and rattling their bones behind you, getting closer if you slow down. You need to run, baby, run! A high-intensity audio track narrates this doomsday scenario, not letting you pause for a breath. Just make sure you don’t scream out loud at the running track!
Download Zombies, Run here.
And of course, there’s always Youtube. Find a channel that you like and follow along for a workout.
There’s a lot to be said about working out at home. You’re free to make your own timings, whether it’s early in the morning or later in the evening. You can squeeze in a quick workout session whenever you feel like it. You don’t have to pay exorbitant rates for gym membership. If you’re on holiday or travelling for business, your exercise schedule doesn’t suffer. You can work out in any clothes you like, and you don’t have to worry about showers, hygiene, or other people using equipment when you’re ready.
As with any independent routine, do make sure you aren’t pushing yourself if something hurts, and check with your doctor if you have a pre-existing medical condition. Do a little research about the right form and posture for any exercise that you’re doing, so that you can pump up the efficiency and stay safe. And above all, have fun!