The temperature is dropping, fast. Which makes getting up and going to the gym about as appealing as watching a pigeon orgy. But don’t fear, oh lazy one, we’ve scoured the depths of the app stores to bring you the best way to hack winter fitness. Because even though you may hate exercise, at least it’s going to warm you up.
Hey, family-sized portion of spag bol I’m definitely going to punish for dinner! You’re no match to my toasty warm workout apps. Let’s go.
Nike + Training Club
Oh, Nike. What would we do without you, your black and white runners, the debate about how to pronounce you, and your wonderful workout app? Equipped with over 100 workouts, this is the personal trainer you never had, never could afford, and never need to worry about developing an inappropriate crush on. Although I can’t promise the latter. There are workouts by #fitspo legends like Serena Williams, notifications to keep you on track, video guides for the noobs among us, and more heart-pumping, soul-lifting workout combinations than you could ever imagine. If you get easily bored, are wishy washy with motivation, and need something to keep you on track, this is the one for you.
The name is a portmanteau of ‘Simply Work It’, so they’ve already made your life easier by saving you a few syllables. Apart from this, Sworkit is a platform built around personalised workouts, but it’s different to others in that you can create and customise your own playlist around your goals and exercise preferences. Feel like some morning Pilates, a cheeky afternoon yoga sesh, or want to hit it hard on a Saturday morning before you go to town on a few negronis? Sworkit is for you. Also, the whole non-gym thing means it’s easy to squeeze in a workout anywhere, any time. Hell, you could do it on the bus if you wanted to. You might annoy a few people, but who cares?
Sweat With Kayla
Goddammit, Kayla. How do you do it? If you’ve ever tried any of these trainer extraordinaire’s programs, you’ll know that she doesn’t mess around. A quick workout will have your muscles burning like a cake you put in the oven then forgot about for days afterwards. And if her Instagram is anything to go by, this is one you can put your faith in. The Sweat With Kayla app offers workouts, motivation, nutrition, and so much more, all in one app. There are even video guides for those of us that aren’t quite sure if we’re doing it properly (I’m usually not). Give it a go, and you’ll quickly learn the proof is in the pudding you’ll get to eat after these workouts, because day-um you will deserve it.
In case you didn’t know, gym classes are ex-pen-sive *wide eye look*. Especially if you’re partial to reformer pilates, fancy yoga studios or HIIT classes in boutique gyms with chilled towels and trainers that smell like freshly baked cookies and sunshine. But five times a week at $25 a pop? Ouch, Charlie. ClassPass knows this, and therefore offers you a pass (geddit?) to all of these beautiful places for a monthly fee. It’s also really good for the indecisive or easily bored among us, because every day can be something different, which leads to fewer excuses. I think.
I mean, you can pretty much gauge what this particular fitness app is all about, but let me half-jump or walk you through the details. Yoga Studio app offers 65 yoga sessions of 15, 30, or 60 minutes. So if you’re a beginner, an expert, or just need to cram in some solid downward dog, this is for you. We’ve been known to throw in a quick sesh between brainstorms to get our bodies moving and our creative juices flowing. Namaste.
Sure, we’re always banging on about exercising our bodies, but what about our minds? Huh? It can be really, really hard to take some time out for us, and lack of self-care can lead to increased stress, anxiety, and all sorts of other nasty stuff that can clog up our brains. Enter Headspace app, with daily guided mindfulness exercises that give you 10-minutes of ‘me’ time every day, to relax and reflect, all to the soothing voice of a British man who, in my mind, embodies the spirit of Idris Elba offering you a cup of tea and a nice fluffy pillow to spoon. Get it, get it now. You won’t regret it, and your mind and body with thank you.
Ah yes, Fitness Blender, weren’t they one of the first? I distinctly remember doing their YouTube workouts when it first launched. There are over 500 videos offered on this at-home workout video program, so there’s plenty to suit your needs when it’s time to start feeling the burn but it’s friggin’ Baltic outside and the gym just ain’t going to happen. Tip: Do it with a friend or housemate so you’re less likely to give up after 10 minutes because you’re a little tired and hey, there’s no one around. Seriously, we know you.
This app is great, because when people ask you how fit you are, you can say eight. They probably won’t understand you, but there’s nothing wrong with a good inside joke with yourself. 8fit combines everything you want in an app of this kind: it’s a personal trainer, a meal planner, and an enormous library of workouts that will keep you sweaty and happy all the way through the cold months and beyond. There are interactive videos, calorie counting guides (if that’s your thing) and a really nifty component that lets you track your progress. Nailed it.
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