ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Pounds and inches don’t magically disappear just because it’s a new year. Nor do muscles suddenly appear.
Whether it’s New Year’s resolutions to get fit by shedding coronavirus pounds or maintain a healthy lifestyle for 2021, Patch put together seven of the best fitness apps to help you reach your exercise goals.
- Mental fitness. This is probably a top priority for many of us Floridians after the highs and lows of 2020. Calm offers a variety of guided meditations with soothing background music. It offers tools to help you find focus at work, sleep better, be in the present, and it has sleep stories told by celebrity guests as well as motivational talks. You can access calm online or from the app store on your Android/iPhone. Its annual price is $69.99. Check for teacher/student discounts.
- Total body fitness and nutrition. Nike Training Club is free and provides exercises that target your entire body. Its multi-week programs include a prescribed series of workouts, nutrition tips, and wellness guidance to help you build healthy habits, according to its website. Each program is led by a Nike master trainer. Boxing, yoga and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) are some of the highlighted workouts.
- This highly rated fitness app offers strength-building exercises, yoga, meditation, music to increase productivity and express workouts. Plans range from $15.99 to $69.99. Website mentions 50 percent off for beginning of 2021 subscriptions.
- Exercise, reps, and weight optimized for your fitness experience and goals, Fitbod’s website said. Strength training, cardio, body weight exercises are some of this app’s features. Learn the correct exercise movements from more than 400 HD demonstration videos. Whether you’re looking to build muscle mass, tone up or lose weight, it has exercise programs focused on those goals. It’s $9.99 a month or $59.99 a year.
- This fitness program offers hundreds of exercises through its video on demand format such as Piyo (Pilates and yoga), LIIft 4, 21 Day Fix, Insanity Max: 30 and Beast Body. Nutrition coaching and meal planning is also provided along with an exercise schedule. This program can be accessed by its app or online. Annual fees range from $38.87 to $99.
- Adriene, a popular YouTube yoga instructor offers hundreds of videos that range from 10-minute to 40-minute yoga practices, seated yoga and stretches that target the lower back. Starting Jan. 1, Adriene offers a free 30-day virtual training that focuses on the breath. As of Dec. 31, she had 8.9 million subscribers.
- Peloton offers studio cycling live and on-demand classes you can try from the comfort of your home. If you don’t have a cycling bike, $49.99 a month purchases are available through the company, or you can purchase one at full price. Check its website for full price details.
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