Stay healthy at home with these fitness apps
It’s been over a month since we started social distancing in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. While being at home is the right thing to do and is helping our communities fight the spread of the virus, it has been difficult for many of us to adjust to this feeling of isolation. But by staying active every day, we can fight off feelings of depression or despair to improve our health—both physically and mentally.
Switching from the gym or fitness classes to your own living room might seem restrictive, but there are several great fitness apps available to help you get a workout—even in the small area between your couch and television. These interactive apps give you the option to set specific goals, track your progress, set daily reminders, participate in virtual classes with instructors and share your progress with others through social media. With hundreds of options available, you can find apps to best fit your needs and goals, whether it’s targeting a specific type of workout or trying a wide variety of exercise routines. This also includes meditation and sleep assistance, to help relieve mental stress.
Five apps to improve your health and wellness at home
Try some of these wellness apps to burn calories with a wide variety of exercises, or start calming your stress with a few minutes of mindful meditation:
- Nike Training Club—The Nike Training Club app has a wide variety of classes—and it’s currently free! In response to the COVID-19 quarantine, Nike has opened its NTC Premium service to everyone. Download the app and browse the deep library of routines by workout type or muscle group. Stream pre-recorded workouts that include strength and endurance training, cardio exercises and yoga sessions. There’re even short videos for pre- and post-workout exercises to help you avoid injuries. The app even offers healthy recipes for better eating!
- MapMyRun—Not only does MapMyRun track helpful stats, like speed, pace and elevation, it also helps you find running routes in your area and provides feedback on your stats so you can adjust your goals to improve your performance. Plus, monthly challenges and competitions with other runners in the app’s community help keep you motivated. MapMyRun is available for free or with a paid subscription for additional services.
- Grokker—Grokker offers a bit of almost everything fitness. In addition to classes for yoga, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and weight training, Grokker offers courses on cooking, meditation, financial wellness and more. It offers many classes and challenges to keep you exploring, and it’s one of the easiest apps to navigate. There’s a 14-day free trial period with a paid monthly membership after that.
- Peloton Digital—Peloton has branched out from spin bikes and treadmills with this fitness app that offers guided workouts in cardio, yoga and strength training—including live, interactive classes. Top instructors teach live and recorded video sessions for members of all experience levels. You can use Peloton with your own in-home bike or treadmill, or purchase Peloton equipment as part of your monthly membership fee. To help you get started, Peloton offers a free trial period, and recently announced they are extending it to 90 days!
- PEAR Personal Fitness Coach—The PEAR Personal Fitness Coach app focuses heavily on audio coaching, providing users with a wide variety of guided workouts for every fitness level. This app analyzes your numbers and adjusts your workouts for optimal performance as your data changes. PEAR’s team of instructors include professional athletes, Olympians and certified trainers who motivate you as you work out. PEAR offers a 14-day free trial followed by a paid monthly subscription and additional in-app purchases.
Go online for some extra variety!
Fitness apps certainly aren’t your only way to get in your daily workout. There are several online options that offer a lot of helpful (and free) exercise-at-home content.
Planet Fitness is offering live streaming classes daily on Facebook at 7:00 p.m. EST (4:00 p.m. PST). The workout sessions are typically 20–30 minutes and are saved in the video section of their Facebook page, so if you can’t participate live, you can go back later and access the latest workouts.
You can also search YouTube for free videos related to specific workouts of your choosing, including spinning classes, yoga sessions, meditation and body weight exercises.
Find additional resources for staying healthy at home by visiting our COVID-19 resources page.
This article is for informational purposes only, and is not meant as medical advice.