Although it's recommended that we all get at least 150 minutes of physical activity per day, it might seem impossible to meet this target during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown. With gyms closed and outdoor time limited, it's natural to lose a little motivation — that's where fitness apps come in. Below, we go over the best health and exercise tracking apps to download right now to keep your fitness levels high during the pandemic and beyond.
1- Nike Training Club
If you're looking for home workout inspiration, or you simply don't know how to get started, check out Nike Training Club. The app gives you access to 4-6 weeks of training plans based around your personal fitness levels, your space restrictions and your equipment availability, meaning you won't be stuck for ideas.
From mobility drills to high-intensity training, there's something for everyone, and you can easily switch between programs when you're ready to try something new. The Nike Training Club app is a fun way to hit your recommended goal of around 30 minutes of moderate activity per day.
The COVID-19 quarantine is no reason to lose track of your diet or nutrition goals. With MyFitnessPal, you can set calorie goals, track what you're eating, and stay accountable. The app lets you see whether you're getting enough nutrients each day, which makes it an easy way to support your other fitness goals.
It's recommended that men consume around 2,500 calories per day, and women should eat around 2,000, although this varies depending on various factors including your age and activity levels. MyFitnessPal helps you choose the right daily calorie intake based on your age, weight and health goals.
3- Down Dog
Need some help with your flexibility and mobility? Check out the yoga classes on Down Dog. The app lets you customise your workout, depending on how advanced you are and how long you want to practice, and you can even choose the right background music to improve your focus. You only require a small amount of floor space and a mat or carpet to get started, and it doesn't matter how flexible you are — there's something for everyone.
According to the National Health Service (NHS), yoga offers many health benefits. Even just two sessions a week are enough to reduce stress, strengthen muscles and improve coordination.
If you're struggling to stay active during the COVID-19 quarantine, MapMyFitness is the app for you. This app lets you track all activity from cleaning to walking, so you can see just how much small bursts of activity add up throughout the day.
The NHS recommends that you build up exercise gradually, so if you're totally new to fitness, tracking even gentle movement like ironing and moving around the house is a great way to increase your overall motivation and feel accomplished by the day's end.
5- Adidas Running
Runtastic, or Adidas Running, is a running app suited to novice and experienced runners alike. The app lets you track your progress, compete against friends and challenge yourself in new ways. If you get tired of all the running, you can also create and log your own custom workouts on the app to keep things interesting.
Research shows that just five to 10 minutes of running each day can reduce your long-term risk of suffering heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions. Even gentle jogging can boost your immune system, which is something we all need right now, so put on some comfortable trainers and give this app a try.
About Your Sanitiser
To stay safe from COVID-19, you should wash or sanitise your hands regularly. This is especially important after exercise, whether you've been touching equipment or sweating after a long run. We designed Your Sanitiser with convenience in mind — it's portable enough to carry with you, wherever you work out. Purchase Your Sanitiser here.