Top free fitness apps to help you stay active
12 May 2020
If you need some extra motivation to keep active during the coronavirus outbreak, here are some of the best fitness apps which offer at least a portion of their features without a paid subscription.
Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a complete beginner, here are some of our recommended apps:
If you enjoy walking and running...
Best for: Beginners
This app is perfect if you are just getting started or need some motivation to find a routine. The app consists of various cardio workouts that change weekly. In following the app’s schedule, you’ll be completing a series of 30-minute cardio workouts 3 times a week for 8 weeks.
The free features of this app are perfect if you’re a casual runner, and it allows you to track your runs by measuring your distance, pace, calorie burn and elevation. You can also take part in challenges with other runners, record your workouts and explore preloaded routines.
Best for: Regular runners
For the more experienced, Nike Run Club has the tools you need to run better. Features include audio guided runs, weekly, monthly and custom distance challenges, customised coaching plans and nonstop motivation from your friends.
If you enjoy yoga...
Best for: Beginners
Offering a selection of yoga routines, the classes on this app range from 7-14 minutes, which makes it great for a quick workout for those new to yoga practice. In addition to 16 free yoga classes, the app also allows you to track your previous workouts and daily weight.
Best for: Regular yogis
This app provides a library of yoga poses and sequences for easy reference. You’ll also find a selection of classes sorted by theme, focus and level, as well as a variety of yoga programs that range from 1 to 5 weeks.
This app is simple to use and contains 6 level1 yoga routines that step you through each pose, as well as streaming yoga classes. Each pose is demonstrated by a certified instructor, so simply choose your workout length depending on how much time you have.
If you enjoy workouts...
Best for: No equipment
This app lets you create custom routines, view your stats and challenge friends to complete workouts alongside you. There are a few free workout routines in the library, but you’ll always have access to a constantly-changing “freestyle” routine in the workout tab.
Best for: The best collection of free workouts
By entering your personal details and goals into this app, it creates a personalised schedule of classes for you. Alternatively, you can browse available free workouts by target area, length or intensity. This app also has a meals tab if you want to keep track of your nutrition too.
Best for: Fitness pros
Similar to Map My Run, this app allows you to track a variety of activity types including cardio, gym workouts, dog walking, hiking, sports, total body, yoga and more. Once you’ve selected the activity type, click “Start workout” to track your duration, distance, calories and more.