The Circuit Breaker (and the pandemic, in general) may have set some of our health and fitness goals for 2020 back. Although we’re more than half way through the year, it doesn’t mean it’s too late to tap on that reset button and try to get back on track – perhaps, literally.
If you need an extra push, health and fitness apps – many of which are free – can help gear you in the right direction. To get you started, AVENUE ONE has curated 20 of the best health and fitness apps that have helped many find their fitness momentum.
8fit is a fitness & nutrition app that focuses on personalisation and offers everything from workout plans and meal plans to self-care guides.
After signing up, users are exposed to tailored content based on their fitness level, goals, and dietary preferences. 8fit is available for free but you can upgrade to a pro subscription to enjoy unlimited access to all of its original content. You can also take advantage of the one-month free trial that 8fit offers to see if it’s suitable for you before committing to it.
2. Nike Training Club
Nike’s take on a fitness app – the Nike Training Club, is the perfect complement to your fitness journey as it helps you achieve your goals one step at a time.
Users can access a collection of free workouts and personalised training plans led by Nike Master Trainers. Whether you have access to a gym or are working out athome, you will find a routine that matches your lifestyle and schedule. To spur you on, the NTC app also rewards you with badges and trophies for every workout milestone achieved!
3. Nike Run Club
Nike Run Club is another app by Nike that you should check out.
Targeting specifically for runners, this is a running companion that helps keep track of your runs: your pace, distance, heart rate, mile splits, and many more. You can choose to integrate the Guided Runs with Headspace on your rounds, to help bring back focus to your mind and body. Additionally, the NRC App offers customised music playlists, personalised coaching plans, and celebrates your achievements with personal records and trophies.
4. Adidas Training by Runtastic
Regardless of your fitness level, the Adidas Training by Runtastic app is made with everyone in mind.
Push yourself in new ways with personalised training plans, workouts, and challenges driven by your data and fitness goals. You can also find health and nutrition guides that give you an extra push towards hitting your desirable result.
Apart from that, the app’s clean interface makes for seamless navigation, which many sees as a huge plus point.
Adidas Training by Runtastic is available for free but you can upgrade to a premium subscription plan in order to enjoy all Premium Training Plans and other additional perks!
5. Adidas Running by Runtastic
Tracking the progress of your runs, jogs, or outdoor activities is a breeze with the Adidas Running by Runtastic app.
The app gives users access to running statistics and metrics including distance, time, pace, and calories burned. You can also conveniently connect the app to your smartwatch for easier access to these data. The app features regularly updated challenges, a built-in music player, and the opportunity to connect with the Adidas community from all over the world. To unlock all training plans, you can choose to convert to their Premium subscription.
With the Strava app on your smartphone or smartwatch, you can track a whole range of sports – running, cycling, swimming, hiking, crossfit, kayaking, and more.
Use it to share and compare your achievements with friends and see how you fare on frequently visited routes. You can also make full use of the additional web-only features which includes club & group activities, managing existing routes, and route building.
By subscribing to Strava Summit, users gets first dibs on customisable training & workout plans, advanced analysis, and extensive performance metrics.
Walking has become an inevitable part of our daily lives. Although walking is less intense in comparison to popular workouts like HIIT or jogging, it brings about boundless health benefits at a low commitment level.
The Sweatcoin App turns walking into an exciting activity by continuously rewarding its users for being active. The rewards come in the form of a digital currency, ‘Sweatcoin’. Sweatcoins can be used in exchange for goods, services, and experiences available on the app. You can also use them to give back to charity organisations that supports environmental, humanitarian, and animal preservation causes!
ClassPass is a monthly membership that grants users access to over 30,000 fitness studios and gyms around the world with its one-of-a-kind credits system – all in one app. Don’t feel like going out? You can now exercise at the comfort of your home with limitless audio and video workout guides available for streaming.
ClassPass helps incorporate flexibility into your fitness routine. Don’t worry if you find yourself in a jam-packed schedule, you can have up to 10 credits roll over every month! While the app is free for download, you’ll need monthly membership to be able to sign up for classes.
The Sworkit app is like a personal trainer that helps anyone from a beginner to an advanced fitness junkie to get into better shape. It does so by recommending workout plans based on your lifestyle and fitness goals.
Trying to squeeze a workout in your day? You can personalise the duration of your practice and fill the time with custom exercises.
On top of that, the app features a built-in music playlist that links to Sworkit Radio, Apple Music, and Spotify. Simply tune in during your workout to get your adrenaline pumping.
The paid version allows you to get access to all training plans and enjoy a range of exercises including strength training, stretching, cardio, yoga, and many more.
Aaptiv offers a range of workouts and exercises that are perfect for those who are just starting their fitness journey. It lets you explore the options available, in search for the right system that works for you.
Beginner or not, Aaptiv automatically recommends programmes, challenges, and multi-week plans that are tailored to your lifestyle and fitness goals.
The audio-based fitness app combines scientifically effective programming and knowledge from certified trainers to automatically recommend programmes, challenges, and guided multi-week plans, complete with trendy music to match the mood. A reward system is also set in place to celebrate every achievement.
The paid version entitles you to unlimited personalised workout plans, classes, and music playlists to crush any workout.
11. Fitbit Coach
You can use your Fitbit tracker in combination with the Fitbit Coach app to help achieve and sustain health and fitness goals. Upon sign up, the app delivers a custom workout curriculum, wellness programme content, and other tools that are driven by the data picked up by your Fitbit device and the specific goals you have in mind.
This will adapt accordingly as you progress and reach new goals. Keeping track of your progress is no longer a chore with expert trainers guiding you through your workout and helpful insights available for viewing at any time. Converting to Premium subscription entitles you to all of the above privileges, including a Fitbit Radio feature you can groove to during your workout.
12. Yoga | Down Dog
The Yoga | Down Dog app helps create the perfect yoga experience based on your lifestyle and level of practice. Every yoga class you find on the app is guided and personalised, so find a comfortable spot and begin your practice.
Every pose is demonstrated clearly by the teacher, with countdowns to the next pose. Feel the need to master the posture before moving on to the next one? Simply hit pause and press start when you’re ready. The Yoga | Down Dog App treasures variety and carries a range of classes. You will find that there no two yoga sessions are the same. \
Compared to the free version of the App, the membership entitles you to over 60,000 different configurations and premium content.
13. Daily Yoga: Workout & Fitness
The Daily Yoga App offers a collection of yoga programmes and meditation sessions led by World Class Masters for everyone – from beginners to advanced practitioners.
If you don’t know where to start, skip the search and use the ‘Smart Coach’ feature. This feature will automatically curate a yoga plan for you as it works around your fitness goals. With the app, connecting with yogis from all over the world is easy. You’ll be finding a motivating community to discuss your experiences and share techniques!
The Daily Yoga App is can be upgraded from a free version to a Gold Pro membership, allowing you to access more premium content.
RockMyRun curates a personalised music selection for your next workout based on your favourite genres, activities, running pace, and fitness goals.
But what makes it more than just a music player is that RockMyRun is able to match the beats of your music to your heart rate or your running tempo. Listening to music that is synchronised with your exercise has been proven to have physical and psychological effects such as improving athletic performance and increasing serotonin levels, which puts you in a better mood for your workout.
15. MyPlate Calorie Counter
Accurately track your food intake and log workouts on your device with the MyPlate Calorie Counter app.
Besides simply tracking calories, the app empowers by giving you information that will help you make smarter decisions over your diet and reach your fitness goals – be it to lose or gain weight.
When you become a Gold Member, you’ll have access to Advanced Statistics and Premium Content. But even if you stick with the free version, there is no lack of useful resources including recipes, participating in meal plan challenges, and looking at exercise guides that you can incorporate into your daily life.
The Headspace app was the talk of the town at one time – and it still is very popular – and for good reasons.
The creators of Headspace created the App with a mission to make meditation accessible to the masses. You can look forward to being guided through the essentials of meditation and mindfulness, so that you can build a solid foundation in your journey towards making meditation a way of life.
Subscribe to Headspace Plus, if you want to gain access to bite-sized content, mindful exercises, and a collection of guided meditations on everything from stress to sleep. You can also monitor your daily progress with Headspace’s streak goals.
Calm is one of the top apps to go for if you want something that can help with sleep, meditation, and relaxation.
An app that’s been recommended by psychologists, therapists, and mental health experts, Calm helps beginners understand the concept of mindfulness through hundreds of programmes.
For those who have trouble sleeping, the app helps you drift into deep sleep as you listen to a series of bedtime stories narrated by famous celebrities including Matthew McConaughey, Stephen Fry, and many more.
On top of these, the apps carry features to help you keep track of your progress and emotions throughout the day.
You can use the app for free; a paid subscription allows you to access unlimited number of guided meditations, sleep stories, calming music, and masterclass taught by renowned experts.
18. Shine – Self Care & Meditation
Shine is a self-care app that focuses on personal growth, motivational messaging, and self-improvement delivered in both text and audio.
Upgrading to a premium plan grants you access to unlimited personalised meditations, research-backed articles, daily check-in, bedtime stories, the opportunity to connect with the Shine community.
19. Sleep Cycle
Did you know there are five stages of sleep? Stage 1 & 2 represents light sleep; Stage 3 & 4 represents deep sleep; Final stage represents Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep. The Sleep Cycle app helps users analyse their sleep patterns and wake up during their lightest phase of sleep. Waking up at this stage is proven to keep you feeling well-rested, refreshed, and alert.
The app mainly uses your phone’s built-in microphone to pick up any movements and identify sleep states using sound & vibration analysis.
You can consider a premium subscription if you want to enjoy features like Smart Alarm, Sleep Analysis, Sleep Notes, Trend Reports, Snore Detection, Sleep Aid and Online Backup. Here’s to better sleep!
20. Habit – Daily Tracker
Research suggests that it takes a minimum of 21 days to form or change a habit. Of course, this can vary depending on the person, behavior, and circumstances.
Like its name suggests, the Habit App helps you keep track of habits that you want to incorporate into your daily routine. Each habit can easily be distinguished by a colour of your choice to prevent any confusion. The app also provides a clear statistic of your progress and offers another point of perspective – that forming habits is a process and not just a task you want to check off your list.
The Habit App is available free or you can choose to upgrade with a one-time premium charge. Premium access lets you in on features such as more widgets, colour options, data backup, and extended notifications.
Habit is available on iOS. | Free or Premium one-time charge ranging from SGD 6.98 to SGD 21.98.