Best Fitness Apps in 2020
Originally Published May 12, 2020
As they say, there’s an app for everything and the digital world is definitely not lacking in fitness apps. No matter what kinds of fitness you’re into, there’s an app out there for you.
We may be stuck indoors, but that doesn't mean we can't be active. We can move, sweat, get stronger and thrive. It’s time to go all-in by getting started into a fitness & nutrition app that works for you!
Here, we’re exploring our favourite fitness apps in 2020 so far, from nutrition to yoga to running a 5K. Let’s have a look.
My Fitness Pal
My Fitness Pal is one of the most top-rated fitness apps around. It’s the best all-in-one fitness app on the market and it’s a great place to start if you’ve never tried a fitness app before.
Here’s a bit of what the My Fitness Pal app can do:
- Log exercise stats
- Record daily caloric intake
- Assist you with habit change and goal-setting
- Easy customisation
One of the best parts about the My Fitness Pal app is how well it integrates with more than 50 other fitness apps. Plus, it has a massive food database with accurate nutrition facts about all kinds of foods. You can even log meals when you’re out at a restaurant.
My Fitness Pal also boasts over 350 cardio and strength sessions to help get you started and it has over 500,000 positive reviews from iTunes Store users. Overall, it’s a winner.
App via the Apple Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/myfitnesspal/id341232718
App via Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.myfitnesspal.android&hl=en_AU
When you’re focused on fitness, it’s not only about exercise. Good nutrition is just as important as a solid workout routine. That’s where an app like Fooducate comes into play. Fooducate came onto the scene back in 2010 and it continues to provide incredible support to people on their health journey.
Fooducate has a barcode scanner that gives your food a “grade” to help you determine whether it belongs in your diet or not. It also helps you ensure you’re getting enough nutrients throughout the day and can even adjust its levels based on your goals.
With an easy-to-use interface, recipes, and a built-in community for added support, Fooducate is a great app to add to your fitness repertoire.
App via the Apple Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fooducate-eat-better-coach/id398436747
App via Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fooducate.nutritionapp&hl=en_AU
Sworkit is another top-rated fitness app that is popular for good reason. It’s a workout app for beginners and those who can’t decide on their favourite kind of fitness.
With Sworkit, choose between yoga, strength, cardio, or stretching. Then, you’ll select how much time you have available to work out and the app creates a curated workout for you that meets your requirements.
Or, you can simply choose from a set of pre-made classes based on monthly challenges, your skill level, or pick classes by a trainer you know you love.
The classes on Sworkit gradually increase in difficulty, so it’s a great starting point for beginners. Plus, you can directly message the trainers to ask specific questions.
App via the Apple Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=sworkitapp.sworkit.com&hl=en_AU
App via Google Play: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sworkit-fitness-workout-app/id527219710
PEAR Personal Fitness
If you’re looking for an app that can help you with your strength training, PEAR’s fitness app can help. Let’s be honest, many workout apps can get monotonous. More squats, more push-ups... it can seem more of the same, day in and day out.
Users enjoy PEAR because it’s not so regimented. You can choose from a variety of trainers that walk you through the exercises. And with a wearable tracker, you can get even deeper insights to help you boost results.
App via the Apple Store: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/pear-personal-fitness-coach/id563723189
App via Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pearsports.android.samsung&hl=en_AU
Nike Training Club
Nike is a household name in the world of sports and active lifestyles. So, it makes sense that we can expect the best of the best from the Nike Training Club app.
The workouts within the app are designed by professional trainers and athletes. With customisable fitness programs, a community of members to which you can share and compare results, and a sleek, easy-to-use interface, it’s a fitness app only Nike could create.
App via the Apple Store: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/nike-training-club/id301521403
App via Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nike.ntc&hl=en_AU
Strava Running and Cycling
Strava is best for runners and cyclists as it has all the capabilities you could need to track your runs and rides. Based on user feedback, nothing comes close to what Strava has to offer.
Strava can track everything - distance, speed, elevation, calories burned, your heart rate, cadence - name it, and it’s been tracked in Strava. Using graphics to make the data easier to understand, not only will you have a better feel for your fitness status, but you’ll also be able to set clear goals and test whether you meet them.
App via the Apple Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/strava-run-ride-swim/id426826309
App via Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.strava&hl=en_AU
C25K stands for Couch to 5K and it’s an incredible app that has gained a lot of steam in recent years. As its name suggests, this fitness app will take you from your couch to running in a 5K with its free 8-week program.
It’s one of the best fitness apps for beginners and has shown great results. If you’ve dreamed of becoming a runner, this is the app to try.
App via the Apple Store: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/c25k-5k-trainer/id485971733
App via Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.c25k&hl=en_AU
Yoga has captured the world’s attention and it’s now the exercise style of choice for many. Yoga comes in many forms - power yoga, vinyasa flows, gentle yin - and with its popularity, it’s not always clear that you’ll get what you’re looking for in a yoga app.
Daily Yoga is a simple place to start if you’re interested in creating a yoga practice without doing so in a studio. With more than 50 HD classes to choose from and a breakdown of over 500 individual yoga poses, you’ll have a solid yoga base that can take you into any yoga class in the future.
App via the Apple Store: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/daily-yoga-workout-fitness/id545849922
App via Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dailyyoga.inc&hl=en_AU
Last but not least, there’s Headspace - a meditation app that will help you balance your mental state. As we mentioned earlier, fitness isn’t only about working out in the physical sense. It’s also about nutrition and, in this case, mental fitness.
The ability to sit quietly with yourself and your thoughts is an underrated skill and learning to meditate is Headspace’s specialty.
With daily meditations lasting as little as 5 minutes, listen as the app talks you through a variety of breathing techniques and meditations. Plus, they’re now offering movement meditations and help with specific issues like sleep and focus, all of which can help with your physical workouts.
App via the Apple Store https://apps.apple.com/au/app/headspace-meditation-sleep/id493145008
App via Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.getsomeheadspace.android&hl=en_AU
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