The Best Fitness Tech for At-Home Workouts
Social distancing can make getting your daily workout seem a little more challenging, but smartphone technology makes it easier than ever to stay healthy outside the gym. Here are seven of the best fitness and health devices and apps (for both Android and iOS) to help you practice personal wellness from the comfort of your own home.
Meet your fitness goals
Sworkit is perfect for working out at home. The app hosts short, targeted exercise videos that help get you moving, without the gym equipment. Simply select a goal, choose how much time you want to dedicate and input your current fitness level. Then, the app creates a personalized, six-week program to help you meet weekly workout goals.
Special Feature: Once users get the hang of the app, they can customize workouts utilizing their favorite moves.
HIIT, a.k.a. high intensity interval training, involves short workouts with quick bursts of energy – and it can lead to some serious fat burning. The Keelo app keeps HIIT routines fun and fresh, with workouts as short as 7 minutes, using both bodyweight- and equipment-based exercises. You may be stuck at home, but that’s no excuse to skip a workout.
Special Feature: The iOS version of Keelo syncs with the Apple Watch for easy reference during your workout. The app can also sync with your heart rate monitor for a more personalized breakdown of your workout.
Even while social distancing, sometimes it’s nice to get some fresh air – wearing a mask, of course. Strava helps track stats like distance, pace, speed, elevation and calories burned and even helps you stay social via digital clubs. Pair Strava with your Fitbit or heart rate monitor for additional monitoring.
Special Feature: The premium version lets you create a personalized program, including real-time activity feedback and analysis.
Embrace healthy nutrition
MyFitnessPal (MFP) is one of the most popular health apps for a reason. It allows you to track your diet and exercise to determine optimal caloric and nutritional intake. In other words, it can help you figure out how many YouTube workouts you’ll need to complete to burn off that homemade bread. You can even input recipes and specific workouts to make it more personalized. The basic app is free, but there is also a premium version that allows users to create custom macro-nutrient plans.
Special Feature: MFP’s community feature allows users to add friends and interact with other members for additional motivation.
Lifesum goes beyond calorie counting. It offers a comprehensive, personalized health test that customizes diet recommendations based on a variety of factors, like goals, lifestyle, cravings and more. The app also offers recommendations based on your habits. The premium version offers an even more personalized experience, allowing the user to sync with other fitness apps.
Special Feature: Lifesum can act as an at-home fitness coach by sending out daily reminders to eat and drink at specified times.
Stay heart healthy
Smartwatches do more than just tell time – they’re also great fitness trackers. The Samsung Gear Sport monitors everything from your step count to your heart rate and even reminds you to move when it senses inactivity. Plus, it alerts you when your heart rate reaches a vigorous intensity zone during your home workout, so you know when you’re really giving it your all.
Continuous heart monitoring also makes smartwatches useful as wearable medical devices. They can track and monitor heart rhythms and detect irregularities that signal you may need to seek medical help.
Fitness apps and accessories can help you keep to your workout routine when you can’t hit the gym. Shop the latest wearable fitness devices to keep up with your personal wellness plan at U.S. Cellular®.