Top seven fitness apps for you to use in 2016

The world has gone app crazy, but unlike those apps that are addictive or that lose you a lot of money, some of them are actually good for you… if you let them work their magic. Here we pick out our top seven fitness apps that you should consider giving a whirl in 2016, depending on your workout objectives.

1. Johnson & Johnson 7 Minute Workout App

The seven minute workout was designed to help the fitness objectives of the desk bound generation that spends much of its time in the office. This app guides you through the best varieties of this bite size fitness regime that you can fit into the time it takes to make and drink a coffee.

2. UP

If number crunching is vital for you to ensure you are sticking to your fitness plan – or catching yourself slacking – then UP from Jawbone could be suitable for you. As well as calories burned, steps taken and other measurements on your workout’s intensity, UP also allows you to input your own data relating to food and the amount of sleep you are getting, making it a solid integrated app for daily use.

3. Strava Running and Fitness

Should running and cycling take up a large part of your daily fitness drive, Strava Running and Fitness is an app you are likely to appreciate. A convenient place to record your best times, and then try and beat them, it also includes leaderboards and a set of challenges designed to appeal to your competitive spirit!

4. JEFIT

One for the weight pumpers, your workout will never go stale with the thousands of different training exercises detailed in the JEFIT app. It also includes a planner and work log for you to tap in your progress.

5. CARROT fit

Fitness should be fun, and this is certainly the ethos by which the CARROT fit app exists. Humorous and witty dialogue will come your way as daily fitness challenges are put in front of you. Similar to the Johnson & Johnson app, CARROT fit will likely appeal to those who want to cram an intense workout into a short space of time.

6. Runtastic

For many keen runners, the city is our oyster. Runtastic allows you to plot routes using a GPS map function, and allows you to keep a diary style entry log of all your movements – where you have been, how far you ran, and how long it took you. You can also share your progress over social media networks and lap up the approval or mocking from your friends.

7. Pocket Yoga

Anyone that has participated in yoga classes will confirm that far from being a series of light stretches and breathing exercises, yoga is a workout in itself. Pocket Yoga guides you through all the poses from downward facing dog to the lotus position, clearly illustrating on screen where your back leg, right arm, and everything in between should be for each movement.

Exercise tips to fit around a busy lifestyle

We have all pulled that old excuse. Things are just too hectic at work or it’s the kids’ holidays this week – there are a million reasons not to exercise, but you know you’ll feel bad later.

So what you ideally need are a few quick workouts that you can fit in anywhere, things that won’t take too much time out of your day but will give you the exercise you need. We all need to squeeze more hours out of every day in the modern world, so you might need to streamline your exercise regime if you want to get everything done. You should not neglect it altogether, though.

It’s good for your energy levels, you won’t feel lazy because you’ve done your best and you might find that short bursts of exercise suit you better in the long run anyway. If they do, you discovered something new and you can make it a bigger part of your life when you do have more free time.

Here are some of your favourites:

1. High intensity interval training

high intensity exerciseThe new fad among athletes and serious amateurs, HIIT replaces a steady state cardio workout like a jog with a series of short, intense sprints. You can take the same approach with a rowing machine, exercise bike or elliptical machine. Just do short bursts, separated by slow movement like a walk or relaxed cycle as a rest period.

You can be done in 15 minutes. You could run up and down your road outside your house or office if you’re jogging and be back inside and finished 20 minutes later.

You’ll hate it at first, it’s brutal and, well, high-intensity. But it will get your workout finished with before anybody has really missed you.

2. Zumba

The old favourite Latin dance-inspired workout is still going strong. That’s good news if you are shaking your head and saying, “But where are the Zumba classes near me?”

It’s better if you can go to a class, but if you really don’t have that time then break out YouTube. There are plenty of classes on there, which is good enough for a quick fix and you can easily build up a sweat with 30 minutes of Zumba if you find a course that suits you.

3. A personal trainer

This might sound counter-productive, but if you can fit in two half an hour workouts in a week, for instance, you’ll get far more out of your time if you’re using a personal trainer in London. You simply won’t waste time on your phone, or sipping water and recovering. A trainer will push you to the limit, so even though you have less time, it will be quality time.

Of course, you will have to explain your schedule to the trainer. You might even suddenly find that you can spare a little more time when you’ve got your motivational force twisting your arm for another set of reps.