Nike+ Training Club. Photo: Courtesy.

Staying Fit On The Road: Fitness Apps

2 December 2016

So you’ve just arrived at your plush comfy hotel room after a long and uncomfortable flight, and time spent waiting around at the airport. But that’s okay because now there’s room service, a hot spa bath and a clean bed to jump into….hold up. Before you take that spa bath, it’s time you tick off one last to-do, exercise.

For some people the day hasn’t started unless they’ve done 5k on the treadmill but for others it’s a dreaded chore having to face another hotel gym. Here’s our pick of the top apps to keep you motivated to stay active no matter how tiny the hotel gym is or how depressing your on-the-road activewear wardrobe might be (sometimes converse kicks just have to make do).

Besides keeping fit and physically healthy, regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress and improve your mental health and using apps like the Nike+ Training Club and even Pokémon Go can be a great way to explore the streets of a new city.
 
 
Nike+ Training Club. Photo: Courtesy. Nike+ Training Club. Photo: Courtesy. Nike+ Training Club. Photo: Courtesy.

MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal is the most popular health and fitness app in the world. This bad boy calorie counter will keep you on track with your healthy eating plan and let you know when you can indulge and when you should tighten the belt. It also boasts a diet tracker, a database of more than 5 million foods, step tracker and a barcode scanner to make logging meals more swift and easy. If that doesn’t convince of this apps potential in your day-to-day then the $475 million dollars sports company Under Armour paid for it in 2015 might just give you an indication of how popular it is.

Nike+ Training Club

Nike+ Training Club is one of the best training apps in the game. It comes with workouts created by professional Nike trainers and athletes, with customizable fitness programs and the ability to share your progress with your friends while you’re away. The app is very schmick looking (it is the number one fitness app in 23 countries) and easy to use giving you the choice between 15, 30 and 45-minute workouts with and without gym equipment, perfect for on the road.

Kayla Itsines

Fitness trainer Kayla Itsines started out with a straightforward yet comprehensive pdf workout called the Bikini Body Guide and since then over a million women worldwide have taken the challenge. Itsines posts the results of her clients success stories on her own Instagram which has been the secret to why this high-intensity interval training workout has become so popular, the proof is in the organic gluten-free pudding. Following on from her huge social media success (which has developed its own highly engaged #BBG community) Itsines has now launched an official app. The easy to use program relies mostly on bodyweight workouts making it easy to do anywhere.

Couch To 5K

The Couch To 5K app provides a great entry-level routine for anyone who’s lost shape and are not sure where to pick up or for anyone who is not sure about how to get into running. The free eight-week program gives users three workouts per week to get you up to the 5K mark. If you're travelling to a new city but don’t have enough time to do any sightseeing then running is the best way to get outside and explore.

Fitnet

Don’t have time. The gym’s too far once you have to get in the lift and finally find it in your hotel. I’m too tired. The list of excuses not to fit in exercise while you’re travelling is endless. Fitnet is the app for anyone who doesn’t think they have the time to workout. It has a bunch of five and seven-minute targeted workouts to get your heartrate up even if it’s only for a short amount of time. It all counts. The app also uses your phone’s camera to measure how closely you’re hitting the moves shown on screen if you think you need some pointers.

Power Nap App

Now I know what you’re thinking, yeesssssss I can do this one! No naps don’t replace working out unfortunately but when you’re travelling a lot especially between different time zones then jet lag can have a severe impact on your ability to function.

There are two sure fire ways to combat fatigue and that’s exercise and sleep. So before you hit to the gym set the Power Nap App which has a timer that only goes up to 30 minutes (anything longer and you risk waking up at the wrong time in your sleep cycle) with pleasant sounds to help you sleep, and an alarm that gently wakes you back up.

Pokémon Go

So no this probably isn’t going to give you rock hard abs but for those who find getting outside and the whole moving around thing a chore, the Pokémon Go app is a great way to make the experience more like a game. It’s also another great way to get outside and discover a new city.

Zombies, Run

Again here’s another app that gamifies working out. The narrative driven app positions the user as ‘Runner 5’ with the mission of helping to rebuild civilization in a zombiepocalypse. Basically you have to run to different locations outside your virtual base to retrieve supplies. The user listens as the story plays out and instructions are given however you can still listen to music at the same time so really it’s a win win with Zombies,Run.

 

Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.

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