Down Dog Yoga
Down Dog Yoga is probably my favorite yoga app of all time. It’s great if you’re not able to go to a yoga studio or if you prefer to practice from the comfort of your own home. You get a new yoga practice every time, so you don’t get bored with doing the same routines over and over again. It’s highly customizable — you can pick your focus, intensity, duration, music, etc. Which also makes it very accessible for beginners. The look and feel of the app is fantastic — polished and easy to use.
The app is free with the option to get an 8$ monthly subscription that’ll get you more customization options.
Down Dog HIIT
If yoga isn’t your thing or if you want something more intense (though yoga can for sure be intense!!), the Down Dog developers also have a HIIT app. It works in the same way as the yoga app — pick your focus, if you want to use any equipment or not, how long you want your workout to be etc. It’s super simple, and I find that the app has a lot of fun and different exercises to keep it fresh.
The price is the same as the yoga app. A subscription gives you premium access to all Down Dog apps.
Tone It Up app
I started my “fitness journey” with Tone It Up way back in 2013, and I keep coming back to their workouts. The Tone It Up app offers exercise videos, workout programs and nutrition plans. The trainers on the app are fantastic and motivating, making working out less of a chore! It’s honestly a really good time if you prefer follow-along type workout videos.
The subscription for this app is between 8.30–15$, depending on which plan you choose.
Nike Training is a fantastic, free at-home workout app. There are different workout plans to follow, with different focuses. You can work on your strength, endurance, get a yoga plan and much more. The plans are usually about 6 weeks long and get progressively harder. You also have the option to pick and choose individual workout sessions.
Strava is primarily for the runners and cyclists out there. It does what you would expect for this type of app — it tracks your activity. It’s great to keep track of improvement in your running/cycling and the social aspect is an added bonus.
The app is free but it’s possible to get a subscription for about 9$ dollars per month to get extra features.
I want to give Lifesum a quick mention because it was very helpful in my own weight loss process. Lifesum is essentially a calorie-counting app. When I first started out, I had no idea how much I actually ate and what was in my food — So it was helpful to use it in the beginning to get an idea of how much I should be eating. These days I am a bit wary when it comes to counting calories and wouldn’t necessarily feel comfortable recommending it. That said, it can be a useful tool when you’re first starting out, and I think Lifesum works very well and is extremely easy to use.
Lifesum is free. For extra features, you can get a subscription for about 13$ per month.
Quick side note: I’ve never found it necessary to pay for the premium version of any of these apps, except for the Tone It Up app. The free versions are quite solid.
And that’s it! I’ve tried many (maaaany) different health and fitness apps over the years, but these are the ones I always come back to. Let me know if you have any recommendations or tips for staying fit!