Hate working out? You aren’t alone – exercise is a chore, not an activity to look forward to. Yet there is a way to turn a daily workout into a good time. The answer is in your back pocket… it’s your phone!
If you own a smartphone, you have access to hundreds of fitness apps. And these apps mean it’s now possible to make fitness fun, all without spending hundreds of dollars.
Here are 5 fitness apps that actually make working out fun, and they’re all cheaper than the average fitness membership.
1. Zombies, Run!
Running isn’t always the most exciting way to get fit. Though some people find running a good way to clear their head, others can’t stand running. Instead of making excuses, change your attitude about running with the Zombies, Run! app… yep, you’re running away from zombies!
Though not literally (that may be a good thing), this fitness app combines audiobook storytelling while motivating you to keep running. Once you download the app, it’ll put you into the role of a zombie apocalypse survivor, where you’ll receive a series of missions to complete to ensure your survival. You’ll be guided by a voice through your headphones as you’re literally on the run from virtual zombies – and if this isn’t a reason to tie up your laces, I don’t know what is!
Zombies, Run! is available on the App Store and Google Play Store for $3.99/month or $24.99/year.
2. Just Dance Now
Unleash your inner dancer with the Just Dance Now app. Dancing is a great way to get fit without even thinking about it. The app gives you access to an ever-growing catalog of over 300 tracks from today’s hottest hits to the oldies but goodies. The best part is you can play with an unlimited number of friends – anyone can join if they own a smartphone. Simply download the app, enter the room number located at the top of the page, and hold your device in your hand as you dance to your favorite tunes. And get this – each song you dance to can roughly burns about 20 calories.
Just Dance Now is available for free for limited access on App Store and Google Play Store. If you want access to the full library a VIP subscription is $4.99/month.
Another way to upgrade your run is through the RockMyRun app – I mean everyone has their favorite workout playlist but does your playlist of music alter the tempo based on your movement? Probably not.
But the RockMyRun app does just that. The tempo of the music will match your running pace, so if you run faster, the tempo will increase, how cool is that? The RockMyRun app is specially designed to help you perform better – and they have every type of genre, so you can be certain you’ll find a playlist that matches your preference.
The RockMyRun app is available for free for limited access on App Store and Google Play Store, however, if you want access to the full library a membership will only cost you about $4.99/month.
If you want a personal trainer but don’t want to shell out the money – Aaptiv has you covered. This app will give you unlimited access to thousands of workouts and programs created and guided by certified trainers. In three easy steps, you’ll be able to get a perfect workout routine created just for you. All you need to do is enter your goals, choose a workout based on your preferred duration, trainer, music, and more, then simply put your headphones in and one of their certified trainers will guide you through each workout.
Aaptiv is available on the App Store and Google Play Store for a 7-day free trial. Get unlimited access to all classes for $14.99/month.
MyFitnessPal is the perfect app to help you obtain your fitness goals – there’s no need to pay for a personal trainer to do that for you. This app is simple to use – it takes control of your goals, track calories, and also allows you to log all of your activities with the tap of your finger. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, tone up, or lower your BMI, MyFitnessPal can get you to where you want to be, while also keeping you motivated. This app will also give you access to nutritionist-approved recipes, and workout tips from fitness experts.
MyFitnessPal is available for free for limited access the App Store and Google Play Store. For full access, a MyFitnessPal Premium account costs $69.99/year.