Struggling to Find Motivation to Work Out? These Apps Can Help
When it comes to working out consistently, it's not always easy to find motivation. If you want to work out more but aren't sure where to begin, your journey could start with something as simple as an app. From tracking your workout journey to helping you make the deed a little bit more fun, apps are a great way to draw inspiration from unexpected places. Whether you're into running, yoga, or simply looking to track your activity more, you're bound to find something to keep you on the right track (and possibly make exercising a bit more fun!) on this list.
Zombies, Run! is a fun, innovative, and interactive way to inspire you to start running more. The premise is quite simple: go outside and start running with the app on. Suddenly, there are mobs of zombies chasing after you on your virtual map, and it's up to you to evade them! Reviewers note how this app makes it easy to forget you're running for exercise, because it becomes so exhilarating trying to dodge all of the zombies. The immersive audio and impressive storyline are bound to draw you right in.
Cost: Free to download, $2 for expansion mission pack, $18 for all-access pass
If you're the type who likes to incorporate workouts into their everyday life, this may be the app for you. Streaks Workout is great because it takes working out and simplifies it — you won't need any equipment and you can do the exercises just about anywhere. By doing basic (but highly effective!) exercises such as pushups, squats, crunches, knee raises, or lunges, you'll be getting a consistent workout throughout the day without it seeming overbearing. This app can also help you track your progress as the days go by, so you can look back and see all that you've accomplished.
Glo - Yoga and Meditation
Yoga is an ideal way to exercise both body and mind. If you're looking to make yoga a staple of your workout routine, you'll definitely want to check out Glo - Yoga and Meditation. This app provides an online database of yoga videos that meet every lifestyle type and intensity level. Whether you want to squeeze in a quick session before work, or want a long, meditation-based session before bed — this app has it all!
Cost: Free to download, $23 for monthly subscription, $200 for annual membership
Charity Miles is an app that helps you track your walking, running, or biking distances — and it shows you how much money your exercise is accumulating for charity! Similarly to marathons and 5Ks, you can ask people to pledge for your cause. The amount of money that you can earn for charities is unlimited, and you don't have to be running a specific race to have sponsors; you can be earning every single day, just from your morning run.
If you're the type who finds incentives more motivating than anything else, Achievement may be the app for you. Achievement pays real money when you track your steps, log your food, or log your biked miles. You earn points for the activities that you log, and 10,000 points = $10. Not only will you get more fit with this app, but so will your wallet!
Lose It! - Calorie Counter
Lose It! is an ideal app for those who are actively looking to lose weight. You can easily track calories and other nutrition stats on just about anything; furthermore, you can log the exercises you do as well, such as running, squats, sit-ups, etc. When you see your nutrition and exercise stats laid out concurrently, it helps you better understand areas you may want to improve upon to meet your personal weight loss goals! Even if you aren't in it for weight loss, it's always great to be mindful of what we're eating and how much exercise we're getting in any given day.
Cost: Free to download, $10 for premium features, $40 for a year of premium features
Runkeeper — GPS Running Tracker
Runkeeper is one of the best OG running apps out there. The concept is simple: record your activities such as biking, running, hiking, or walking. From there, you can easily view your workout trajectory, and set goals depending on what you're looking for. Want to become a faster runner? Runkeeper can help with that. Want to lose weight? Sure, just set a goal and the app can guide you through it. You can also join in-app challenges for an extra dose of motivation!
Cost: Free to download, $10, $20, or $40 for monthly, quarterly, or yearly subscription