13 Best Fitness Apps to Use in the Comfort of Your Home

Fitness is big business. Many people love to workout but don’t want to pay the high gym membership fees or commit to a year-long agreement. Fitness apps are practical solutions, and many are half the price or even free. All you need to do is to download them to your phone or your smart TV and get working out in the comfort of your home, whenever you want.

It sounds like the perfect solution, but with so many options out there, which are the best fitness apps, and what needs do they suit? We’ve compiled a list of the best fitness apps to make your decision easier.

1. Sweat

This app was designed by a fitness influencer, Kayla Itsines, and she also got some of her influencer friends to join in as well. This fitness app is available to download on to your Apple watch for convenience. You can start off with the four-week intro program as a perfect build-up to strength training. The program continues with developing your strength using dumbbells or weight machines. The app is like having your own personal trainer with you anytime it suits you.

Best for those who want:

  • To learn how to use the machines in a gym correctly
  • Video and written instructions for each exercise
  • Weekly meal plans and a shopping list
  • Yoga programs
  • Online community for support

Download the app here!

2. Beach Body on Demand

If you like working out at home but lack the motivation as there is no trainer there shouting out instructions, this is the app for you. This is an app with something for everyone; from yoga to hip-hop, there is something to suit your mood. The workouts are from 10 minutes to 90 minutes, so you can choose the workout you have time for. There are different trainers to help you through your workouts and a BOD community to share your views and ideas with. The app records your previous workouts, as well.

Best for those who want:

  • A variety of workouts
  • Nutrition guides
  • A quick-start guide
  • Recommended Spotify playlists
  • Workouts with minimal equipment

Download the app here!

3. Peloton Digital

Peloton became famous for its indoor cycling classes, but this app isn’t just about cycling. The classes include yoga, indoor and outdoor running, meditation, boot-camp style classes, and evening walking. You can even choose your favorite artist to play your tunes while working out.

Because the workout is in video format, you can see your instructor doing the workout alongside you. Some of the workouts need simple equipment, like dumbbells or a yoga mat, but this is explained before the class. There are also programs with specific goals in mind. For example, if you want to run a marathon, there is a program for you.

Best for those who want:

  • Updates, new music, different programs
  • Clear instructions given by the trainers
  • A variety of workouts
  • Unlimited classes
  • Instructors moving through the exercises in real-time

Download the app here!

4. Glo

Formally known as Yoga Glo, this is a great app for meditation, yoga, and Pilates. With over 3700 workouts led by over 50 different teachers, you are spoiled for choice.  After you have signed up, the app suggests classes for you to try out, or you can search what you are looking for using the filters. You can choose the amount of time you have, and the system will find a class for you.

Best for those who want:

  • Meditation
  • Excellent choice of classes
  • Instructions that allow you to set the pace
  • A mixture of spiritual and physical health
  • Asked questions to direct you to the best workout for your needs

Download the app here!

5. Nike Training Club

If you want cardio, then you will love this app as this fitness app from Nike lets you work out without needing a treadmill. The 160 different workouts of different lengths combine circuit training, weight training, and body-weight training. The idea behind them is to get your heart pumping. The best thing about the app is that it is free and has a very simple set up, so you can easily find a workout to suit your needs.

It also has workouts design by professional athletes, such as Serena Williams or Cristiano Ronaldo. The app lets you adapt the workouts to suit your ability, time, and also the goals you want to achieve.

Best for those who want:

  • An adjustable workout schedule
  • A free app
  • Yoga and stretching exercises
  • Simple and straight forward classes
  • Variety of workouts

Download the app here!

6. Grokker

This is one of the best fitness apps, both with individuals and companies who like to keep their employees fit and healthy. The app doesn’t just look at fitness but also how to manage weight, overcome injuries, and lower stress.

With yoga, fitness, and cooking advice, this app is an excellent choice if you want to look at every aspect of healthy living. There are different experts giving advice, and once you find one you like, you can follow their regular updates.

 Best for those who want:

  • Step-by-step videos
  • Great healthy eating recipes
  • An easy-to-use layout
  • An office-friendly app
  • Convenience

Download the app here!

7. Physique 57 OnDemand

This app works around the barre classes. These classes are great if you are on the move in a hotel room with little space. Many of the online classes require no equipment. The classes concentrate on certain parts of the body, but there are many to pick and choose from depending on your goals for a given day.

The great thing is that there are new classes added every week! The idea behind the exercises is to sculpt your body while making you more flexible and improving your metabolism. The classes are streamed online, so you can watch them from wherever you are.

Best for those who want:

  • To take a class anywhere, anytime
  • An ability to freeze, fast forward, or rewind the videos
  • Workouts geared toward what you want
  • Videos available for 48 hours after purchase

Download the app here!

8. Tone It Up

This app is like a virtual studio. With a new workout added every day, you can either do the workout or choose one from the library. You can sign up for classes with other virtual members as well if you prefer a group setting. The app has a wide range of classes, from kickboxing to yoga and many in between.  Also, there are some great classes for pregnant and postnatal women. Most of the classes require no equipment and just a small space, leaving you with no excuses not to try it out.

Best for those who want:

  • Healthy eating plans and recipes
  • A wide range of classes
  • An easy-to-use app
  • Classes for all abilities

Download the app here!

9. Pure Barre on Demand

Barre is a great strength training workout. The workouts range from 5 minutes to 60 minutes on this app, so you can easily fit them into your daily routine. The workouts are recorded live classes or used from previously released DVDs. Watching others do the workout is great motivation. There are elements of ballet, Pilates, and light training in each workout, meaning you’ll never get bored.

Best for those who want:

  • A variety of workout
  • An easy-to-use app
  • Different lengths of time available
  • No real equipment needed

Download the app here!

10. Daily Burn

This is a great fitness app for people who want to follow a structured workout plan. There is a wide range of workout options and styles, and the app can build workout programs tailored to your fitness goals. You can stream the workouts from wherever you are. If you can’t work out with the live classes, then you can use the recorded version at your own convenient time.

Best for those who want:

  • A free trial
  • Professional trainers
  • A variety of workout styles
  • Different workout lengths

Download the app here!

11. Openfit

This app has five different workout programs, the most popular being the extended barre. You can stream the workouts to your phone, tablet, or TV. The app also has wellness and nutritional programs that can be tailored to your individual needs. There are on-demand and live classes in many different styles, such as Pilates, stretching, running, and cardio, meaning there’s something for everyone. One exciting feature is that, during the class you can turn on your camera so the trainer can offer live advice to you. Talk about personalized!

Best for those who want:

  • Live classes and trainer advice
  • On-demand and life options
  • A variety of classes
  • Video demonstrations for each move
  • Meal tips and recipes

Download the app here!

 12. Obe

Each signature class is 28 minutes long, and you can stream these classes live or on-demand. The app is inspired by colorful workouts from the ’80s. There are a series of classes offered at different times and are cardio-based with flexibility training. They are designed for a mixture of fitness abilities, so find the one that suits your level today.

Best for those who want:

  • Instructors who can see you live and give you encouragement
  • Classes with zero or minimal equipment
  • Live workouts daily
  • A variety of options

Download the app here!

13. Asana Rebel

This is a yoga-based app with healthy lifestyle advice. With a variety of length options, from 5 minutes upwards, and the need for only a small space and a yoga mat, this app is great for people who have busy lives.

With the free version, you can get two new workouts every day, and with the paid version you can also get tips from the trainers and a customized workout plan. There are courses that you can sign up for, such as an 8-week fat burn, or you can choose individual classes based on your energy level for the day.

Best for those who want:

  • Something for everyone
  • Personal tips and advice
  • Individual programs
  • A variety of classes for different goals

Download the app here!

Final Thoughts

Whether you work out in order to reach your dream body or to ease your mind through meditation or yoga, there is a fitness app for everyone that you can practice in the comfort of your own home. Hopefully, one of our suggestions for best fitness apps will help you get started and achieve your fitness goals.

More Useful Fitness Apps

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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