If there’s anything Ms. ‘Rona has taught us, it’s that nothing beats a strong immunity.
Trying to find a way to keep fit now that indoor gyms are closed? We got you. Extended time spent at home can take a toll on our mental and physical well-being. It’s why we’ve gathered some of the best fitness and running apps to help you lock in a good sweat session, even if you’re on lockdown.
Best fitness apps you can use anywhere
1. 7 Minute Workout Challenge
You don’t need to hit the gym to get fit. With the 7 Minute Workout Challenge app, you can get it going in the comfort of your own home without any equipment. The workout consists of 12 high-intensity exercises that you can complete in just seven minutes.
Bonus: It uses only your body weight as resistance and is an efficient way to burn calories and improve cardiovascular and muscular fitness. Studies have shown that if you keep to the exercises, it’s the equivalent of working out for over an hour!
2. Adidas Training by Runtastic
With personalised workouts for every day of the week, Adidas Training by Runtastic is the ideal home workout buddy. You can even choose to target select muscle groups and create your own workout that fits your schedule! The best part? There’s video tutorials to guide you along the way too.
3. At Home Workouts by Daily Burn
With the At Home Workouts by Daily Burn app, you’re guaranteed the best programmes – whether you’re looking to gain strength, muscle, or simply to lose weight. The app provides you with expert-led video and audio training workouts ranging between 10 and 60 minutes.
The app also offers a personalised training experience where you can get step-by-step guidance and even modifications to help you along – wherever you are and whatever stage you’re at.
Running is said to be the best workout you can get into, but if you despise pounding the pavement, C25K might get you to change your mind. The app has a universal, built-in training program that aims to train a running novice – with the aim to get you to complete a distance of 5km in just nine weeks.
Before you shake your head and think that’s impossible, the app starts with a mix of running and walking, gradually building up your strength and stamina. Don’t be surprised if you suddenly feel like going for an evening jog after this.
5. Daily Yoga
Yoga fans, listen up. Daily Yoga offers personalised coaching and more than 500 poses for you to choose from. Boasting over 200 guided yoga, pilates and meditation classes, the classes are also sorted by body parts, so it’s much more convenient if you just want to tackle that leg or neck cramp.
Not only will the app help you be more flexible with your yoga poses and tone your muscles, it also provides health benefits and calms your mind, perfect for those who want to be a little bit more Zen.
6. Freeletics – Personal Trainer
Considered to be Europe’s number one fitness app, expect HIIT workouts complete with audio coaching and even a nutritional guide! The free version contains 20 HIIT bodyweight workouts (weighted options are available too), 25 exercises, 20 audio sessions and a community over 40 million motivated individuals!
To take a up a notch, sign up for a Freeletics Coach who will personalised workouts based on your goals and fitness level.
7. Nike Training Club
The raved-about Nike Training Club app is great if you want to experience an intense sweat session across strength, endurance and mobility. From bodyweight workouts to full-equipment exercises across different intensity levels, there’s bound to be a workout that’s most suitable for you.
You can also choose from drills and audio guides from professional Nike trainers or even celebrity athletes such as Serena Williams.
Need someone to coach and motivate you through tough workouts, but don’t really have time (or the money) to sign up for a gym membership? Try PEAR for real-time personal training and experience interactive coaching from world-renowned athletes where they’ll teach you to train smarter, not harder.
The app also has many other easy elliptical workouts or boot camps that are great for beginners.
9. Seconds Interval Timer HIIT
Seconds has been touted as one of the best interval time apps for circuit training, HIIT training, and Crossfit-type of workouts. It comes with templates for common interval programming to build advanced timers. There’s also a voice prompter at the end of each workout that prevents you from lying on the floor after each interval.
If you constantly find yourself needing a kick in the butt to get going, this one’s for you.
10. Seven – Quick At Home Workouts
Get fit with just seven minutes a day! Seven’s workouts are based on scientific studies to provide the maximum benefit in the shortest time possible. Ergo, its slogan “Small habits lead to big changes.”
With personalized workout plans, Seven also makes sure you get the most out of your training. In-app instructors also take the form of Drill Sergeant, Cheerleader and more – all to keep you motivated. Sign up for the 7 Club to gain access to over 200 workouts too!
Sure, if you’re working at home more, you technically may have more time to work out. But it still may not your favourite thing to do. What if we told you that you only need five minutes a day to maintain a fitness routine?
With Sworkit, you can build your own plan based on your specific needs and goals. Whether it’s to get leaner, fitter, or stronger, you will find suitable workouts that will help you achieve the body you want.
Best running apps to track your runs
12. Adidas Runtastic
Wanting to go for a run? Adidas Runtastic is a trusty running buddy. Record your runs with its built-in GPS tracking, plus – take part in challenges and virtual races to keep the competitive spirit alive. It doesn’t just track your runs, you can also log over 120 activities like yoga, cycling, walking and bodyweight training.
Another great app for serious runners, iSmoothRun goes above and beyond when it comes to tracking accurate data for runners to perfect their performance. With most of the basic tracking necessities covered, the app works to provide custom interval workouts, shoe mileage tracking as well as your heartbeat. At the end of your training, you’re also able to export your data to track your progress overtime.
Download on the Apple Store.
14. Nike Run Club
The Nike Run Club is one of two Nike apps currently available (check out the Nike Training Club above). What’s great about the app is that it allows you to set up training plans (in My Coach) and often holds themed challenges in celebration of certain months of the year. Celebrities and professional athletes are sometimes also featured on the app.
The app also tracks your run route and colour codes it in accordance to the distance you’ve covered at so you know which parts of your run you can improve on. Each run is then finished off by a word of encouragement from a celebrity or athlete to keep you motivated. High five!
15. Pacer Pedometer & Step Tracker
Another fun and easy to use app, Pacer comes inclusive of a pedometer so you’re able to use it even when you’re not running. This app’s user interface is easy to understand and operate — all you really have to do is download it and make sure you take it with you wherever you go. It’s as easy as it comes so really, if you’re looking for something no frills, this is the best app for you.
From sportswear brand Puma, this app is gorgeously designed in monochrome (for those design junkies out there). While it can be used for running, PUMATRAC can also track over 30 types of activities. You can also sync your Spotify playlists and other social media accounts with the app. Best of all, it provides you with customised workouts, much like a personal trainer.
One great thing about the app is that it provides insights into your running behaviour so you know how to improve on your runs.
Serious runners who want to up their game should consider downloading Runcoach. This app provides a tailored training approach for runners looking to compete in a marathon or any sort of competition by helping them meet their running goals based on their schedules.
Besides running, this app can also coach you on drills to prevent injuries and keep your reflexes sharp.
18. Runkeeper – GPS Running Tracker
Runkeeper has been around for a long time and continues to be a popular choice among seasoned runners. This app is generally easy to use and tracks everything from your calories burned to the distance ran.
You can also connect to Spotify and apps such as Under Armour’s My Fitness Pal so you’re able to get a vast overview of your health. You can also share your running accomplishments on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
19. Strava: Run, Ride, Swim
Popular amongst users in the U.S., Strava is a fitness tracking app that motivates users to work out through friendly competition. Essentially, the app records your running route and data then compares that data with people that regularly run that same route. You’ll be able to see how well you do in comparison to other people in your neighbourhood.
The app can also sync with a variety of fitness devices including the Fitbit and Apple watch.
20. Under Armour’s MapMyRun
Under Armour’s offering for the fitness community online expands beyond its My Fitness Pal app. MapMyRun is the brand’s comprehensive fitness tracker that tracks every aspect of a run to deliver more accurate results.
On top of tracking your running distance, the app clocks in your pace, elevation and calories burned so you know how well you’re doing. You can then sync the app with My Fitness Pal to see how you diet and fitness data work together.
21. Zombies, Run!
If you haven’t already heard, Zombies, Run! is a story-based app that makes running so much more fun. Best experienced with headphones, the app guides runners away from hordes of “zombies” through intel delivered on headphones and provides missions as well to truly immerse runners in the fictional post-apocalyptic world.
Like most apps, Zombies, Run! tracks all your basic necessities such as distance ran and allows you to track your workouts on a treadmill as well.
Originally by Cheryl Lim, October 2019 (fitness apps); Atika Lim, July 2019 (running apps) / Some text adapted from Shape Singapore (first appeared on Bankbazaar.sg); Natalie Dau, Urban Remedy, January 2016; Wendy Yee, Her World, 2014 / Last updated by Willaine G. Tan