Written by Lisa Dreher, MS, RDN, LDN
Top 5 Fitness Apps

Top 5 Fitness Apps

It’s likely that your phone isn’t very often far from your fingertips. From emails for work to catching up with the whereabouts of your kids — there always seems to be a reason to grab for your phone.  Since it’s so close, you might as well have some wellness-focused apps to help make mindful movement more achievable, further your nutrition goals or bring your attention back to the moment. In this series, we will highlight the top 5 health apps for fitness, meditation, nutrition, wellness, and women’s health. First up? Fitness trackers!

Aaptiv

  • What is it? Aaptiv delivers audio-based fitness classes featuring guidance from a trainer coordinated with a music playlist. Classes range from 5k trainings to elliptical workouts and even yoga flows. You have access to hundreds of fitness classes and all classes sync with the Health app on iPhones!
  • Cost: Get unlimited access to all classes for $9.99/month, $99.99/year or $399.99 for a lifetime membership

Zova

  • What is it? Zova is a fitness app that integrates tracking of your workouts, featuring 10-minute workouts targeting specific body areas, strength training and stretching sequences. The app monitors your activity and generates a “Zova Score” which is used to gauge how active you are or how active you need to be. The content is delivered via video with a trainer.  This app is Apple watch compatible.
  • Cost: Free version with limited features, Premium is $9.99/month or $79.99/year

Strava

  • What is it? Strava tracks your cycling or running activity. It connects to Garmin accessories to track your rides or runs. You can track your performance over time on specific sections of your routes (maybe that  big hill you are tackling) and collect data such as distance, pace, elevation, or calories burned. A great feature of Strava is the emphasis on competition — you can compare your performance against other athletes who have completed similar routes.  This app is Apple watch compatible.
  • Cost: Free version with limited features, premium is $7.99/month

DownDog

  • What is it? This yoga app integrates visual and audio cues to guide you through a selected practice with curated music playlists. The free version offers four levels of practice and three different music styles. The premium version offers nearly limitless music choices and creates a brand new vinyasa sequence every time you practice.
  • Cost: Free version with limited features, $3.99/month or $49.99/year

FitStar Yoga

  • What is it? FitStar offers yoga classes for all levels. Sessions can be personalized for weight loss or increasing flexibility and offers continuous personalization based on feedback you provide on specific poses or yoga sequences. The app integrates new poses into flows to keep your body challenged and the flow interesting.  This app is Apple watch compatible.
  • Cost: Free version with limited features, $7.99/month or $39.99/year

*Bonus* App you may already have…

Spotify!

  • What is it? Spotify is primarily a music download app; but did you know it offers a running feature to premium users that analyzes your running tempo and plays songs whose beat matches your pace? If you already use Spotify, this feature can be a great option to amp up your runs.
  • Cost:$9.99/month

 

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