The 11 Best Workout Apps For Busy Parents
We get it: Chasing the kids around the house really does feel like a workout. Not to mention your newborn kept you up until 3 AM, and the room formerly-know-as yourbasement where the weights rack was once stood alone is now housed is now cluttered with action figures and puzzle pieces.
And yet, optimist that you are, you are still searching for a way to fit a workout into your day without disturbing the family schedule or requiring much in the way of space (see: playpen, crib, and inflatable house). What you need is a little guidance a readymade routine that gives you a good sweat in 20 minutes or less (sometimes, a lot less) that you can easily follow while keeping one eye (or ear) on the kids in the next room.
These apps do all that, while also providing quality workouts that get your heart rate up and make your muscles burn. The other two help you maximize any time you do spend running or biking outdoors, so you can get the most out of every session.
Good for: Down and dirty cardio in a hurry
What it is: Choose between 12 virtual personal trainers and a customized exercise routine with this app that gets you through your workout in just 7 minutes. Each completed session leads to the unlocking of a new level in the app, helping you build fitness on top of fitness until youre like Arnold. (There or thereabouts.) Need extra motivation? With Seven, you can compete against a friend to rack up workout points.
5 Minute Yoga
Good for: Stressed-out dads and yoga beginners
What it is: You dont have the time for yoga class and lets face it, youre a little wary of being the only one who has no clue what a downward dog is. This beginner app shows you all the moves you need to know in a tidy 5-minute package so you can get your asana on, and then get going with the rest of your day. Each pose features a clear photo, written description of how to do it, and a timer that gently tells you when its OK to move on to the next pose.
The Daily Burn
Good for: Guys who want a new workout every day to stay motivated
What it is: It aint cheap, but you get what you pay forspecifically, a different live workout every day, a fitness plan customized to your personal preferences, the ability to chat with others in the Daily Burn community. If you missed the Daily Live, dont worry: You also have access to over 600 workouts in the fitness library.
Good for: Guys who want a better weightlifting routine
How it works: If weightlifting is your thing, this is your app. Rather than having to write down your daily weight load and reps, you can log them here, automatically generating suggested lifting routines for your next session. You can also log body measurements, allowing you to see just how huge those biceps are getting.
Good for: Runner and cyclists, with a competitive personality
What it is: Still the gold standard for the outdoor community, Strava allows runners and cyclists to track the distance, pace, speed, elevation change, and calories burned for their workouts. But its best known for the friendly competition among users who post their data for friends to see (and try to beat). The app syncs with most GPS watches and can provide an interactive map of your running route.
Good for: Guys who want to know what to eat as well as how to work out
What it is: Do you want to lose weight? Bulk up? Improve fitness? With this app, you choose your goal, then receive workouts and meal plans tailored to help you achieve it. The app gets about as specific as you can without a live trainer (do you want to drop body fat to 18 or 20%?) and lets you log your workouts and meals to keep track of how youre doing with the program.
Good for: Recreational runners and outdoor exercisers without the competitive Strava streak
What it is: How far do you want to go? Where do you want to head? Hills or flat terrain? Major streets are safer pre-dawn, but a nightmare during rush hour. All these considerations can be accommodated with MapMyFitness. Create your own route or follow one of the community favorites. Its great for discovering new loops in your neighborhood or navigating the best options if youre traveling.
Good for:Beginners looking to turn their living room into a gym
What It Is: Set the amount of time you have to workout (or that you have the stamina for right now), choose the type of workout or area of your body you want to exercise, and then just start. With SWORKIT you dont need equipment, or even any actual knowledge of workout moves the app has videos and audio cues to help you along your Oh, so thats what a burpee is fitness journey.
Good for:Parents who need to keep tabs on their progress.
What It Is: This fitness app connects to the top-rated Jawbone fitness tracker, but its way more than just a lame step counter. You can log your meals and nutrition, compete against fitness frenemies, and opt for notifications from the digital Smart Coach about things like when you need to drink more water or get to bed early. If it starts to overstep its boundaries, back into the sockdrawer.
Good For: The once-fit parent looking to start from the bottom.
What It Is:These ultra-short video workouts are perfect for the parent whos been off the fitness wagon for a while. You can share results with a real personal trainer for feedback, and check your form against instructors with an in-video selfie function. Just focus on if youre doing it right, not how goofy you look doing squat jumps across the living room.
Good For: The parent who has ditched more gyms than they can count.
What It Is: Each week, you make a digital pledge to hit a certain fitness or dietgoal. The catch: If you dont meet your goals, you lose cash to the other people on the app who do. Its like gambling, but instead of using poker chips, youre betting you can eat just one Lays.
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