Each New Year health and fitness resolutions are on top of everyone’s lists. But as time goes on and schedules get busier, exercise seems to fall to the backburner – especially in the Northwest where cold and rainy days are often an excuse. Luckily there are many ways to work out at home or track runs in the rain with the help of technology. Fitness apps and gadgets can add that extra dose of motivation and help keep your fitness goals in check. Tap into our region’s tech-centric roots and stick to your resolutions all year long with help from some of our favorite fitness apps.
Take your practice and yoga instructor with you wherever you go. Pocket Yoga recreates the experience of being in a yoga studio. Roll out your mat and move through yoga sequences while a voice guides you through poses. Choosing the level of difficulty and duration lets you workout at your own pace. Having trouble with a pose? Pocket Yoga includes a comprehensive dictionary with pose illustrations, descriptions and benefits.
Moves inspires those with busy schedules to look at exercise in a whole new way by tracking routine activities like walking to the bus stop or doing household chores. By starting small, you can learn new habits and gradually build up to a healthier lifestyle. The app provides a comprehensive look at daily activity as well as more detailed stats like distance, duration and calories burned. The best part? There’s no need to start or stop the app. The Moves tracker is always on, so just make sure to keep your phone with you throughout the day.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual survey, bodyweight training remains one of the top fitness trends for 2014. Instead of using heavy weights, this workout uses your body’s weight to tone and build muscle. The Bodyweight Training app promises to improve your body in no more than 36 minutes per day, and with over 200 exercises you will never get bored. Short on time? The app has a “Quick Workout” tool that generates workouts lasting two minutes or less and only require floor space.
Nike Training Club is like having your own personal trainer. The app offers workouts for beginners, intermediate and advanced fitness buffs looking to lean, tone or build muscle. Nike Training Club even provides “how-to” videos for every exercise movement to ensure you get the most out of your workout. This app is perfect for cold and rainy Northwest days when you don’t feel like going to the gym.
Stay motivated and stick to your resolutions. Whether it’s a healthier diet, better fitness or increased productivity, this app makes reaching your goals manageable. Lift sets milestones to work towards within your goal because every step counts, no matter how small. Lift also provides daily motivation to help you stay focused including coaching, progress tracking and reminders. For those tough days, log in to Lift’s community support center where thousands of experts and users learn from one another.
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