A new year means new year’s resolutions and many people have been taking the opportunity to put pen to paper on their health and fitness goals. While welcoming in 2021 has been a little different than years past, with tiers and restrictions in place across the country, gyms being shut shouldn’t delay – or even completely derail – a new exercise regime.
Here are the top 10 fitness apps to keep your new year’s resolutions firmly on track.
Whether your goals surround running, walking, cycling or a combination of the three, Strava is perfect for tracking your activity and progress. The free version records all the basics, while the premium option (£6.99 per month) adds extra features such as segments, leaderboards and pace analysis.
MyFitnessPal is the perfect one-stop-shop app for health and fitness goals. As well as being a great activity tracker, you can also use the app to record your food intake and calories – all for free. The premium version ($9.99 per month) allows users to track macronutrients, obtain guided fitness and nutrition plans and get food analysis and insights.
This app may be a simple interval timer, but it’s perfect for those wanting to create their own High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts at home. Select how long you want to work for in each interval, the length of rest between intervals and how many intervals you want to complete, pick your favourite moves and get going.
This is a fantastic, free app for runners or those who want to introduce running to their fitness regime, but don’t like the idea of plodding along at a steady pace mile after mile. JogRunSprint guides you through five sets of intervals of jogging for 30 seconds, running for 20 and sprinting for 10, four times over.
5) The Body Coach
New from fitness sensation Joe Wicks, The Body Coach app (currently only available on Apple products) packages his hugely successful 90-day plan into an easy-to-access app. For a launch offer of £69.99 per year, you can kick-start your 2021 with access to a tailored meal plan, live workouts and a whole library of fitness content.
6) Find What Feels Good
From YouTube sensation ‘Yoga with Adriene’, Find What Feels Good is ideal for yoga enthusiasts. For $9.99 per month, users receive new videos every week, premium courses, and exclusive classes with Adriene and guest instructors, as well as ad-free access to the full Yoga with Adriene library.
7) Couch to 5k
This free NHS app is well renowned for getting complete novice runners to mastering five kilometres (3.1 miles) in just nine weeks. The app breaks down the distance into manageable chunks, gradually building up the distance over just three runs per week.
8) 30 Day Fitness
30 Day Fitness is perfect for kick-starting your New Year’s Resolutions. Select areas you most want to target, your current activity levels and more to generate your personal plan. The app will then provide activities to follow to help you achieve your goals. Take advantage of the free week trial before paying £4.49 per week.
9) Yoga for Beginners | Mind and Body
This free app is a great way to begin or advance your yoga journey. It offers a number of different sessions, from ‘Morning Yoga’ to ‘Twist Detox’, ‘Weight Loss Yoga’ and even ‘Yoga for Text Neck’. Each session is labeled either for beginners, intermediate or advanced, lasting from 7 to 45 minutes.
With the free app, Seven, you can tailor the programme to your needs, based on whether you’re looking to get fit, get strong or lose weight. The app will then take you through a number of exercises, with the idea being just seven minutes of activity a day will help you reach your goals.
Along with these 10 apps, there are plenty of other free and paid-for options to help you meet your New Year fitness goals and start 2021 with a bang.
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