If you’ve booked a beach holiday and your mind is already in full-blown summer spirit, you’re probably looking at a lapsed gym membership and an unwillingness to tie yourself down for what seems like a lifetime. Gym memberships tend to bring out the commitment-phobe in all of us, but thankfully there are some great alternatives to help you get fight fit in the comfort of your own home, with a friend in tow, rather than a room full of strangers.
Customisable depending on your gender, fitness level and which part of your body is in need of a work out, the Nike Training Club app is one of the more comprehensive on the market, and it’s totally free. You work to complete designated fitness levels and learn from the pros, as the classes have been created by the pros; Serena Williams’ 15-minute HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout certainly lives up to its name.
Though not strictly an app, Yoga with Adrienne has caught quite the following – a whopping two million subscribers. Her soft-spoken videos are designed to allow you to flex your hips in the privacy of your own living room. If you’re new to yoga, her 31-day introductory program is the best place to start, with suggestions to simplify the moves while you’re adjusting to the postures. There is also a series of videos to suit your mood and ailments, should you have a specific ache or pain.
For some of us, no matter how well intentioned we may be at the start of the day, the thought of a gruelling hour-long fitness session at night just doesn’t sound enticing. Queue 7-minute workouts; geared to boot you into action first thing in the morning and have you energised for the day ahead. In 30-second reps, a drill-sergeant shouts through the phone to get you jumping and squatting into shape. And the best part? You don’t need to invest in any equipment, just a chair and a nearby step or ledge.
Wearable tech has been making big waves in the industry, and Fitbit has dominated the market for years. However, for those of you not ready to invest in your own band, we’ll let you in on a little known secret about the app: you don’t need the gadget for it to work! Simply download the app onto your phone and start walking and you’ll turn the gadget you already have into a handy pedometer. Though the Apple Health function already does this, you don’t have the added encouragement of competing with friend (or foe) to keep you active throughout the workweek.
By Amanda Sheppard