Working out and being healthier puts you in a better state of body and mind. And with everyone stuck at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we all need a way to tackle the stress and anxiety that comes with that and start getting that dopamine flowing. As a personal struggle of my own, I’ve set out to find the top Health & Fitness apps to help you stay active and healthy while confined indoors with no equipment.
Top 5 Health & Fitness Apps
The Nike Training Club app is one of the more all-encompassing fitness and health apps out there. Nike leans on its access to world-class trainers to design workouts that are so varied that anyone will be able to find something suitable. NTC provides free workouts on everything from bodyweight-only, yoga classes, as well as targeted strength, cardio, and mobility training. And if you are one of the lucky people to have access to workout equipment, there are workouts for that suited to all fitness levels.
Not only that but NTC focuses on the other pillars of fitness and complements your routine with in-depth guidance into nutrition, recovery, mindset, and sleep.
Stay safe initiatives: Nike is offering free access to NTC Premium until further notice, which unlocks all the app’s features to help users stay safe in quarantine from COVID-19.
Seller: Nike, Inc
Size: 176.8 MB
Languages: English, Arabic, French, and more.
In-App Purchases: Monthly $14.99, Yearly $119.99
Managing day-to-day life can be a huge undertaking on its own, but with these uncertain times, things are even more intensified. Anxiety and stress levels are through the roof and managing stress levels and sleeping better are both key parts of being healthy, be it physically or mentally. Calm revolutionized the meditation, sleep, and relaxation app space and gives its users the tools and guidance they need to achieve, well… calm.
The app includes guided meditations, Sleep Stories, breathing programs, stretching exercises, and relaxing music. These programs are perfect for beginners, but there are also tons of programs for intermediate and advanced level users.
Seller: Calm.com, Inc.
Size: 165.7 MB
Languages: English, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish.
In-App Purchases: Monthly $14.99, Yearly $69.99
While stuck at home for an extended period of time, no one would blame you for confusing a Nutella-stuffed chocolate-chip cookie for a healthy snack. That’s why everyone needs a food tracker. MyFitnessPal helps you take control of your goals, with a database of over 11 million foods, a barcode scanner, and a macronutrient tracker. By logging, tracking, and understanding the foods and calories you’re consuming, you can get on the right track to losing weight (or gaining) and adjusting your BMI.
MyFitnessPal also helps you log your exercises and steps by connecting to various other apps and devices. You can also celebrate your progress and success with friends and a community inside the app.
Seller: Under Armour, Inc.
Size: 203.2 MB
Languages: English, Danish, Dutch, and more.
In-App Purchases: MyFitnessPal Monthly Premium $9.99, MyFitnessPal Yearly Premium $49.99.
The idea behind Peloton was to bring community fitness and workout classes to your home — sounds perfect right? While they’ll tell you the best way to experience Peloton is to buy their internet-connected fitness bike or tread, they are by no means essential. The beauty behind Peloton is that while you’re stuck at home you can attend the many classes streamed live from their NYC and London studios. There are also a ton of on-demand classes if you don’t want to tune in live. Exercises include:
- Treadmill Running
- Outdoor Running (audio)
- Indoor Cycling
And all of these classes can be cast from your app to your TV with Airplay, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, or Android TV.
Stay safe initiatives: Peloton has extended their free-trial to 90 days to gain full access and try everything it has to offer before committing to a subscription.
Seller: Peloton Interactive, Inc.
Size: 120.5 MB
In-App Purchases: Monthly Membership $12.99
Workout for Women is one of the more straightforward fitness apps. It focuses on relatively short and effective workouts to get you sweating. It’s beginner-friendly and helps you build up and, most importantly, requires no workout equipment whatsoever.
There are a couple of options between customized daily workouts and multi-week workout programs that are designed to get you results. It also offers voice and video instructions to help make sure you’re performing workouts correctly to get the best results.
Seller: Fast Builder Limited
Size: 238.5 MB
In-App Purchases: Monthly Supporter $4.99, Yearly Supporter $35.99