It’s officially betwixtmas and, instead of waiting for the New Year, we thought we’d make a start on our health kicks now. Call us crazy, but all the endorphins have been helping with the post-festive fug, so it’s definitely worth it! Here are the three apps we’ve been trying and how they’ve worked for us.
Chloe tries… Down Dog
My main reason for exercising is to improve my mental wellbeing, and the best thing I’ve found for that is yoga. Regular workouts keep me on an even keel and give me space in the day (even if it’s just 15 minutes) to myself where I can switch off. However, yoga classes can get pricey, especially if you want to practise every day – and a dent in the dollar is never good for the ol’ zen levels.
To keep my sanity (and my bank balance) in check, I’ve been using Down Dog every day. They cater to all levels, with tutorials of varying difficulty that range from 5 to 90 minutes long. You can also add boosts to your sessions, which help you hone in on areas you want to work on. My faves are the flexibility and standing balances boosts – but you can choose to focus on anything from core strength to hip flexor openings. All in all, it’s a 10/10 from me!
Natalie tries… Nike Run Club
I’m not one for doing things by halves – I’m either all in, or all out – so, when I signed up for the Royal Parks Half Marathon, having never done so much as a formal 5K, I knew I needed help. Serious help. Unsure of where to start, I downloaded a whole load of running apps, but the one I always fired up was Nike Run Club. Whether you’re a Newbie Nancy when it comes to running or you could give Bolt a beating on the track, this little app has a programme for you. Not only does it keep track of your runs, so you can see those little improvements that keep you going when you’re skipping the pub to pound the pavement, but you can create your own playlists or use one edited by Nike. I can’t run without it.
Mollie tries… Home Workouts
Sometimes life gets in the way and I don’t have time to fit in the gym. This was leaving me feeling really stressed and off-kilter as I like to get in my exercise at least three times a week. So after doing a lil’ bit of research, I stumbled across the Home Workouts app, which offers several different workout styles that mix and match over 30 exercises. You can create your own Tabata routine and set a workout schedule. Just whack on the app any time, any place and get squatting, gurl.