17 Sep 2018

When you are starting out on a new fitness journey, either from scratch or just to try out new types of fitness routines, why not try using a fitness app to help you keep track of your progress and help keep your motivation levels up?

They are also perfect for those of us who don’t like working out in front of everyone else at the gym, or who only have time to fit in a quick workout after getting home from work, with interruptions from the dog and the children.

There are apps for virtually every kind of approach to fitness out there, including guides for recipes and nutrition right through to videos with complete workouts to follow, as well as motivational running music and measurement trackers.

If you want to keep your motivation up, then a tracker which shows how many miles you have run, how many calories you have burned and how many inches you have lost could be the perfect ticket to keep you on track.

However, there are also plenty of other fitness apps out there to help you with specific workouts or ways to tackle specific issues which you want to address. Martin from focusperformance.co.uk gave us his top five fitness apps for beginners to use. Here they are:

The Couch to 5K Running App

This app comes with recommendations from the NHS and is aimed at people who literally do no exercise, and aims to get them running outside gradually. The program takes place over nine weeks in total.

It starts small with walking and running for just a few minutes and gradually builds up with less walking and more running time with the aim that anyone can go from no exercise, to being able to run 5K by the end of the nine weeks.

It only requires around 30 minutes per day, three days per week, with rest days in between each run day, so is the perfect workout app for any beginner. It includes options to choose a virtual running coach and comes with motivational running music to help you get moving.

If you want to have a goal to aim for then why not book a place in a 5k race at the end of the nine week period so you have something to aim towards while you are training?

The 7-minute Butt Workout

If you want to work on your booty but are too embarrassed to do it down at the gym then this app is the perfect option and as the name suggests, it only involves exercising for seven minutes at a time, making it suitable for beginners.

It includes exercises which can all be carried out at home, with a completely minimal requirement for any kind of gym equipment. The app includes targeted approaches to improve your butt area including kicks and squats.

MyFitnessPal App

The MyFitnessPal App is a great one for beginners as it offers three different approaches in one app. This option gives you a way to track your diet, count your calories and keep yourself motivated for your exercise regime, all in one app.

The app is able to personalise all of your goals based on the food you are eating and your body type. Its database actually includes more than five million food options making it incredibly easy to work out how many calories you are consuming.

It also then shows you how many calories you are burning off during your exercise program as well, making it a perfect all-round fitness app to help beginners keep track of their fitness efforts as they get started.

The Yoga Wake Up App

The Yoga Wake Up App is perfect for beginners as it can start your day with exercise, even before you get out of bed. It offers calming music to wake up to, followed by morning stretches in your bed or on the yoga mat.

The app offers a variety of options depending on your experience and energy levels, and allows you to choose from a choice of music and workouts. It also connects you up with local yoga teachers if you did decide to pursue it further.

It’s a great way to ease yourself into fitness through energy stretches and to wake up to soothing music rather than a jarring alarm clock. With beginner level options its perfect even for those who have never tried yoga before.

The Qinetic App

This app is perfect for those of us on a busy schedule that don’t have the energy to get up at 5 am to workout and are busy during the day. It’s a video app which works on an on-demand basis and allows users to stream videos of fitness classes.

With this app you have the option of any kind of class you want to do, at any time, making it incredibly flexible. So whether you fancy a Zumba class, relaxing yoga routine or a high impact aerobics workout, you can just choose the video and stream it.

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