Women over 50 know they need to improve their fitness levels but can still have a hard time fitting it into their busy schedules. While they might crave the camaraderie that one experiences at a gym or during a class, certain things could hold them back from engaging in them. Scheduling conflicts are common, but so is navigating the culture of a particular gym or class. Workout apps can provide the motivation and variety that women need to stay healthy while still meeting their other needs.
We looked at what’s on the market and recommend these as some of the best workout apps out there.
Yoga Poses offer you 250 yoga poses with accompanying video demos, modifications for beginners and explanations about the benefits you can experience with each pose. This free app is ideal if you’re more comfortable exercising or learning new poses in private.
The Endomondo app is free and essentially turns your iPhone into a personal trainer. Using your phone’s GPS capabilities, Endomondo monitors your favorite activity — even outside the box ones like kayaking, skiing and hiking — and delivers performance feedback. You can plan routes in Google Maps, listen to music and receive encouragement via instant messages from friends from within the app.
Gixo’s tagline is Exercise Live & OnDemand which sums up the app nicely. Whether you’re traveling or at home, you can join a live exercise group day and night. Choose from classes that run 15, 30 or 40 minutes long that are easy to fit into your busy schedule. Tap into a library of pre-recorded classes 24/7 in any fitness level. With Gixo, it’s like having a personal trainer to collaborate with to help you reach your fitness goals.
Definitely one of the best workout apps out there, and FREE, Daily Burn lets you seamlessly track both your caloric intake and your exercise output in one interactive place. Included in the app is a calorie counter that lets you scan a food’s barcode and get instant nutritional information. You can also stream more than 1,000 workouts ranging from beginners to advanced.
FitnessBuilder gives you the power of a personal trainer along with the ability to record and track your workouts so you can compare your progress with your friends. With FitnessBuilder Plus Access, you can choose from more than 1,000 workouts and over 7,000 videos and fitness images to ensure your form is correct and more.
Working on the premise that you don’t have any equipment, You Are Your Own Gym is packed with 200 bodyweight exercises that tap into just your own body’s weight to be effective. Available for Apple and Android devices, this app also includes how-to videos and modifications so you can customize the exercises to your fitness level.
With the Yoga Wake Up app, you might be swayed to become a morning person — even if you aren’t right now. These easy routines are ones you can do right from your bed and range from stretches that get the blood flowing, those that energize you, ones that increase your mindful breathing and more.
The 7 Minute Workout app lets even the busiest women squeeze in exercise routines that are short, yet effective. Using a combination of cardio and strength training exercises that don’t need any special equipment, the 7 Minute Workout also tracks your progress to keep you both motivated and challenged.
If running a 5K is on your bucket list now that you’ve surpassed the half-century mark, it can be more than a little intimidating knowing how to get started. That’s where the Couch to 5K Running App comes in. Ease into training with a nine-week program that has you running three times a week for 30 minutes each time. Choose from four virtual coaches with their own distinct personalities to keep you motivated.
Pilates Anytime takes the tricky vocabulary associated with the practice and breaks down each move clearly. You can watch each one as many times as you need to feel comfortable without the pressures that a group setting often brings. If you’re already a Pilates pro, choose from one of the 2,500 included classes that range from favorites like foam roller workouts, basic mat routines, barre fusion and more.
My Fitness Pal is your one-stop location for tracking your diet, exercise and caloric intake. If your goal is to lose weight — or keep weight from creeping up on you — in addition to getting fit, My Fitness Pal makes it fast and easy to count calories while providing a place to log your exercise.
Adding weights to your workouts can help you retain muscle mass, flexibility and strength as you age. Getting started can be intimidating, but the GymGoal app is here to help. With your one-time purchase of GymGoal, you have access to a powerful, adjustable and expandable fitness app. Not only will you learn the proper form for weight lifting, you’ll also have access to a growing library of workouts that can be modified based on both your capabilities and your goals.
Turning your smartphone into a fitness tool is made easier with the plethora of apps available today. The best workout apps are the ones you’ll actually use. The above selections are designed to give you a taste of the diverse options you can tap into to meet your health goals.
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