Wanting to get fitter? There’s an app for that…
If you’re struggling to find the motivation to exercise and keep fit, fitness apps could be the solution you’ve been looking for.
Fitness apps help make exercising easier and often come with a whole host of features and benefits.
We all know how important exercising regularly is for our health, so any apps that help with this are certainly worth looking into. These apps don’t need to include advanced training protocols to be effective – often the simpler the better! Having a structure you can follow, and the ability to track your efforts is more than enough to help you see big improvements in your overall fitness.
The era of workout tapes and DVDs may have already seen its peak, as the new era of mobile apps prove to be easier to use, cheaper and more convenient. Workout and exercise apps often make it intuituve to follow a regime and structured exercise program – whether that’s related to weight loss, strength, cardio-vascular fitness or specific skills.
When it comes to fitness apps, everyone has their favourites, but we’ve tried to include a variety of apps below that showcase the best ones out there.
So, without further ado, here are our top exercise apps.
Best Fitness Workout Apps for Over 50’s and 60’s
Fitness Drum App
Fitness Drum is a free membership app designed to support healthy ageing and lifelong fitness.
The app boasts a whole host of features, including daily workouts you can follow along to, community discussions and reward points. Each time you complete your daily workout, you’re rewarded with points to keep you motivated. The forum component also means there is a great community spirit and a chance to share your fitness adventure with those on a similar journey.
There are also added resources such as free recipe e-books for healthy eating too.
Fitness Drum can be used as a website but it can also be turned into a mobile app by simply installing it from your web browser, which means you don’t need to download it via the app store.
The fitness drum app is super easy to use and well worth giving a go.
Map My Walk
Map My Walk is free on both iOS and Android. The app is pretty self explanatory and maps your walk.
It tracks the duration, distance and speed of your walk, helping you better monitor your walks.
Walking is very accessible and easy to get started with, making this a great app for beginners. For added fun, you can try and draw pictures with your walks, as you’ll see the route you took on the app.
Happify may not often get included in lists of fitness apps, but mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness.
Happify, along with lots of others, help focus on your wellbeing and helps you feel happier.
For anyone who struggles with stress or negative thoughts, using a mental health app could work wonders for you. Most of us don’t pay enough attention to our mental health, but treating it just like physical health is a great approach.
Happify promotes itself as evidence-based and uses proven scientific principles around positive psychology, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Couch to 5K
Couch to 5K is an NHS app that is great to kickstart a new fitness regime.
The aim is to follow a structured training program over a series of weeks. Each week slowly increases the progression, so you build up your fitness in achievable chunks. You can also select a coach, including Laura, who features on the NHS Couch to 5K podcasts, as well as celebrities such as Jo Whiley, Sarah Millican, Sanjeev Kohli or Michael Johnson.
As the name suggests, this is suitable for anyone, including self proclaimed couch potatoes and is ideal for those who want to hit a target – such as running 5k.
If you want to start running over 50, this will be a great app for you.
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