If the only thing you use your phone for during workouts is to check how much time’s left until you can call it quits, you’re missing out. Apps can give your workouts a kick in the pants, whether you need motivation to lace up your sneakers, ideas for what to do when you actually get to the gym, or some tunes to spice up your same-old playlist. And these five apps are the perfect downloads to start you off.
Put your miles to good use: Need some motivation to move more? How about knowing that you’re helping a worthy cause? With the Charity Miles app, you select a cause that’s important to you from the list. Then every time you go on a walk, run, or go on a bike ride, you raise money for that charity with every mile that you log (the funds come from corporate sponsors).
Move to a better beat. You love Adele, but maybe not when you’re in the middle of a sprint interval. Now you can guarantee that your phone will play only high-energy tunes while working out. Just open up the Spotify app, hit the “Running” option, toss your phone in your pocket, and the music will automatically match your tempo. You can even boost the beats-per-minute manually if you want to push yourself to run faster.
Embrace the super short workout. You have no time to hit the gym—we get it! But if you have 7 minutes, you can squeeze in a workout with the Seven app. You’ll get a new routine every day and the only equipment you’ll need is a wall or chair, which means you can do it in your hotel room. Your goal: to complete the assigned workout daily for 7 months. You can miss two workouts a month with no penalty—otherwise you start back at zero.
Break out of your elliptical rut. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by a gym full of intimidating-looking equipment or to go to your old standby. That’s where the Jefit app comes in. It lists 1,300 exercises in its database and explains exactly how to do them. Plus, it gives you a place to track reps and weights, so you can get stronger every time you head back to the weight room.
Join a live yoga class from anywhere. Nothing beats spending 90 minutes in a yoga studio, but sometimes it’s not always easy to fit into your schedule. The Yogaia app lets you be a lot more, well, flexible with your practice. Schedule one-on-one live instruction (use the web cam on your phone or tablet so the instructor can see you) or follow along to one of the hundreds of saved classes on the app. Download the app for free and check out the free seven-day trial to get started.