Due to recent changes in the world, many of us have found ourselves stuck at home trying to stave off boredom. One way of doing this is to develop a home fitness routine that can help to build physical health, as well as improving morale and optimism in difficult times. Even at the best of times, the regular practice of a home workout with a minimal amount of apparatus can show us that signing up and travelling to a gym isn’t necessary. With an effective home workout app, we can stay fit, healthy and ready for anything.
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Rather than displaying a video that you need to watch, Aaptiv guides you through every activity with a suitable soundtrack. When getting started, users can set a goal, such as losing weight or keeping fit, and enter how much equipment is available to use. Workouts can be categorised into stretching or strength training etc., and each has a different difficulty level and duration. The app has more than 3000 classes, and is priced at £13 per month after a free trial period.
Pear is another audio-based app that guides users through a wide selection of workouts without the need to keep looking at or adjusting the device. Intensity and fitness levels of each session can be adapted based on performance, and different coaches and packages can be selected. Pear also integrates into other fitness apps and works with a range of fitness devices and trackers. The app has a free plan, but more workouts are available with a premium plan for £5 per month.
A yoga app, Asana Rebel also provides tools for improving sleep and general lifestyle habits. This app has a vast array of yoga practices, meditation sessions and guided meditations. Workouts are categorised by focus, such as relieving tension or core work, and each provides a description to help find one that is suitable. The sessions are led by videos which are very well produced, and they are not solely aimed at women. A free plan is available, but for a wider range of classes, the premium service costs £9.89 per month.
Nike Training Club
It is easy to sign up to the Nike Training Club, and then submit personal information on fitness levels. Workout of different durations will then be suggested to meet your needs. Workouts can also be browsed by specific focus, such as activity or muscle group, or duration. The app provides videos, which are high in quality, and offer the option of working out to music. The app makes it easy to project videos on larger screens, but each lesson needs to be downloaded before use. Nike Training Club is completely free to use.
Les Mills is a New Zealand company that started a popular range of live group fitness classes. They also provide Les Mills On Demand, a library of different types of classes, including yoga, dance and boxing, that can be accessed from any location. There are more than 800 classes to take part in, varying in length from 15 to 55 minutes. Les Mills is available throughout the world and is priced at £9.95 per month in the UK. A free trial period is also available.
With a wide range of exercise videos, FitOn is a suitable app for those that prefer visual guidance. Each video has a different objective and training methods, and featured classes include HIIT, pilates or dance, with different targets and durations. The videos also feature fitness training celebrities, such as Katie Dunlop from Love Sweat Fitness and Cassey Ho from Blogilates. FitOn was formerly a premium subscription service but is now entirely free.
From Perigee, Seven is a workout app that sets the target for users of doing a seven-minute workout every day for a period of seven months. It also includes a tracker through which users can monitor their progress. This is a great app for those that like to set objectives and follow a specific programme. Different users are able to connect through the app, and there are visual guides to help with each exercise. The app is free, but there is also a paid plan for £8.50 that gives more personalised training and access to more workouts.
Each of these apps offers a different mix of exercises, set of objectives and format of presentation. They will be differently suited to each individual, so users should be encouraged to take advantage of the trial periods for those that have subscription services. Trying out several fitness apps is a good idea before settling on the most suitable for you.
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