We’ve all got busy lives, an unavoidable feature of the times we live in, and while this does wonders for productivity, it has also become increasingly difficult to find the time or energy to stay fit. Whether it's being neck deep in social obligations or constantly on the grind for a paycheck, the urge and willingness to set aside the right amount of time to work out every week isn’t easy. Luckily, there are tons of apps today that can help you stay fit even without requiring a huge time commitment.
These apps strive to reach the three golden ideals of convenience, affordability, and sports science; all of which combine to revolutionise the way you look at fitness. You can finally say goodbye to those pricey gym memberships and personal trainers.
Here’s our top five picks from among the hundreds on the app stores:
The FIIT app delivers some of the world's most in-demand personal trainers to your mobile device or smart TV. It allows you to participate in high-end studio fitness routines from wherever you are, as well as the ability to track your performance using HealthKit to export your workout data into the Health app. There’s scores of classes with all expertise levels covered and a selection of activities from yoga to HIIT, strength workouts to breathing classes there's something for goal.
Free classes available, £15/month premium version for unlimited classes and personalised training plans
This highly-rated yoga app guides you through a different yoga practice every time you come to your mat. It features step-by-step verbal instructions and can also follow the instructor on the screen. The app houses over 30,000 different configurations with each practice having an accompanying music playlist, giving you the power to build a yoga practice you love! Down Dog automatically syncs across all your devices and you can even download a practice for offline use.
Free classes available, $7.99/month Pro version unlocks more movements and class options
This three-in-one diet tracker, calorie counter, and exercise motivator app from Under Armour personalises your goals based on your body type, goals and the food you’re eating. It helps you stay on top of your calorie counting, as well as figuring out how many calories you need to eat, balanced against calories expended, to reach your fitness goals. With over 5 million foods, MyFitnessPal has the largest database of foods and drinks, letting you search for the foods you eat (or scan the barcode on the package), get the nutritional information and determine how many calories you're actually taking on and losing.
Free calorie and nutrition tracking, £3.33/month premium version includes more nutrition stats and goal-setting features
If don't have ample time during the week for a proper fitness routine, then this may just be the fitness app you need. Dubbed the “Netflix of fitness,” Aaptiv has more than 2,500 on-demand workouts that last as few as seven minutes for different fitness levels. Each activity is set to a playlist made of popular songs you might actually know and enjoy, rather than uninspiring stock music.
Free 7-day trial available, $99/year for subscription
Offering a host of workouts all centred around high intensity interval training, or HIIT, Freeletics revolves around four free platforms – Gym, Bodyweight Workouts and Training, Running, and Nutrition. The app pushes you to your limit through an array of moves that you must finish as quickly as possible. Each exercise comes with detailed videos demonstrating proper form. It incorporates a unique social aspect to the app which motivates you to stick to your plan, pushing yourself to beat your personal bests and smash your goals.
Free workouts available, £2.16/week for all workouts, digital AI coaching and nutrition guidance