A few days ago I proposed a list of games for consoles and PCs to help you stay healthy (and busy). It was rightly pointed out to me that not everyone has the necessary equipment at home. However, I believe that many people have a smartphone. Or at least those who don’t have a console, a computer, a smartphone… shouldn’t be running around the streets in 2020 (are there still streets in 2020? Are those things still useful?).
Here is a short list of some free health applications for Android and iOS. They will give you access to free content and most of them have a payment option that offers more variety in the programs, diet plans to follow, help from a trainer, etc. I am not a fitness trainer ?? so I am talking about what I think is great without being able to really judge the efficiency of each app.
I voluntarily left out the applications connected to additional hardware (like Fitbit & co) and the applications for jogging and/or walking (pedometer…). The idea is to be able to start with just the phone and without leaving home.
The good thing about this application is that it uses a bit of playfulness to motivate you to move. For example, each recorded session allows you to earn points, you can unlock badges or see graphically the progress made in each exercise over time. You can even create your own program. The only problem is that the application is not available for Android.
Exercise Trainer (Android, iOS)
Here you have audio, video and photo files to guide you through the hundreds of exercises in the application. What’s great is that it’s designed for the perfect beginner as well as the experienced athlete. And it takes into account both home training (body weight, etc.) and indoor sessions. So you can start in the confined mode and then sign up for an indoor session, if you get the hang of it, you can always progress.
Interval Timer (Android, iOS)
If you are more the type to jump into short sessions instead of taking your time, you should be familiar with the HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) method. The Interval Timer application allows you to do this.
The application is minimalist (both in features and design), but you will be able to create your HIIT sessions easily. Start by choosing your sport (boxing, cycling, weightlifting…), set up your breaks and go! You will be able to share your results with other users.
Leap Fitness Group Applications (Android and iOS)
Leap Fitness offers a wide range of applications that are diverse and varied enough to keep you in shape and will be more or less useful depending on your goals. For example, the “Exercise at Home” application offers a series of daily routines without equipment. It offers various programs for different parts of the body, warm-up sessions or stretching. The videos and animations allow you to understand each exercise and adopt a good posture to perform them.
Among the other applications you will find some that are specific to weight loss, to achieving the big gap (ouch), to winning, to Kegel (I don’t know)… and if you are more the type of person who reacts better if challenged, why not try their 30-day challenge application?
FizzUp (Android, iOS)
The goal of FizzUp is to get you in shape in 6 weeks based on daily 20 minute sessions. Varied workouts for different areas of the body, a weekly training program, etc. And it is supported by the Ministry of Research… well, OK, I don’t know if it’s positive or not, you’re the judge. The application is free, but there is a paid version if you want more programs, set a nutritional plan or add meditation to the mix.
Sworkit (Android and iOS)
Losing weight, building muscle, gaining flexibility or improving endurance, it’s all possible with Sworkit! It is a tailor-made program. Simply fill in the time you have available, your goal or the equipment you have on hand and the something behind the application will suggest a suitable program.
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