When it comes to getting in shape, most of us start with the best of intentions but soon struggle to stay motivated. Luckily nowadays help is just a click away, thanks to a wealth of new fitness apps to help you stay on track no matter what your fitness goal.
Today’s smartphones have the ability to be a personal trainer, nutrition coach, tracker, GPS and so much more, all within a frame so svelte you can wear it on an armband.
Whether you want to try yoga or want to get abs, pentahotels offer our guests complimentary use of our fully equipped penta gyms during their stay and in our latest blog we take a look at the best fitness apps you’ll want to download to help you keep active during your travels.
Yonder – free; iOS, Android
Whether you’re already an outdoor adventurer or someone who wants to travel more, Yonder helps you find and share outdoor excursions based on where you are and what interests you most. By tapping on categories ranging from backpacking and biking to skiing and swimming, you can check out local options and read up on what fellow “Yonderers” loved most about each experience. Yonder wants to keep you inspired to engage with nature, so it acts like a social platform, encouraging you to read what others have to say and share your own experiences and photos.
Nike+ Training Club – Free; Android, iOS
The Nike+ Training Club app features workouts designed by professional athletes and celebrities. Workouts focus on strength, endurance, or mobility and offer three levels of difficulty. The app’s audio cues let you focus on the workout instead of the screen; Nike+ Training Club can also be streamed onto a television using Apple TV, Chromecast, or an HDMI cable. After completing a workout, users can share customized photos or posters with the Nike+ community. The app syncs with Nike+ Run Club to keep track of your runs; you can also manually enter activities such as basketball, gym training, or tennis.
7 Minute Superhero Workout – €3; iOS, Android
Who doesn’t want to be a superhero? Seriously? Well, now you can be, or at least you can train like one. This quick-hit work out app transforms your usual sit-up, push-up, jog, repeat sessions into something more entertaining. You’re the pilot of an Iron Man-inspired AEGIS One battlesuit and it’s time to train for the upcoming alien attack. Upper cuts become punches to deflect missiles and crunches become energy harvesting to power your suit. Motion-tracking checks your progress and calorie burn and achievements are rewarded as you work through the game to save the world, again.
My Fitness Pal- Free; Android, iOS
Sure, no one likes to be a calorie counter. But with My Fitness Pal you don’t have to be—this app will do it for you. It will do it all for you. Simply create a profile (height, age, weight, gender), and then set weight loss and exercise goals. As you go through the day, enter what you eat and drink using the extensive database—yes, even the little bites you sampled at the street market and the app will calculate how many calories you have consumed: and how many you need to burn to meet your weight loss goals. It also simulates various nutrition charts so that you can track your progress. If you want to document your exercise, there’s an entire database for that, too. The app also balances calorie intake against exercise, making it the ultimate on-the-go fitness tracker.
FitStar Personal Trainer – Basic (free) or Premium (€9.99/month or €49.99year); Android and iOS
FitStar’s Personal Trainer app emphasizes workouts you can do quickly and without a ton of expensive fitnessgear. The app breaks down training into four color-coded workoutstyles: “get lean,” which emphasize cardio; “get strong,” a balance of bodyweight strength-training moves; 10–15-minute “daily dose” workouts; and “freestyle.”
At the core of the app is a patented algorithm that customizes a user’s workouts, so an athlete can move at his own pace and advance as he gets stronger. Rather than solicit a trainer’s opinion, the app adjusts each routine depending on how difficult each exercise is according to how users rate it, from “too easy” to “way more brutal” than expected.
Sworkit- Free, pro £2.29 monthly, Android and iOS
Circuit training is an appealing idea, but for many people compiling a list of exercises to ensure a comprehensive workout is too much like hard work. Fortunately, SWORKIT has oodles of bodyweight exercises built in to the app, with pre-set routines that let you choose whether you want to focus on strength, cardio, yoga or stretching, and which parts of the body, if not all of it, you want to target.
On-screen animations guide you through every step of your workout, which can be set to last from five minutes to an hour. And once you have become a circuit training buff, you can use the exercise bank to build your own session from scratch.
Now you have no excuses not to work out when you visit us at pentahotels: http://www.pentahotels.com