It’s January, and we’re all surging with good intentions to keep our New Year’s resolutions. If you want to get fit but don’t want to fork out on a pricey gym membership, we’ve rounded up the top 10 online fitness videos and smartphone apps, many of which have been tried and tested by the MSE team. In no particular order:
Sweaty Betty – free online workout videos
Women’s fitness shop Sweaty Betty offers free workout videos on its website, including dance cardio, ballet bootcamp and yoga. If you prefer to work out with other people, it also offers free workout classes in its stores. There are 30 branches across the country and you can book the classes one day in advance.
FitnessBlender – free online workout videos
MSE Roxanne is a big fan of Fitness Blender, which has a range of free fitness videos, including pilates, yoga and cardiovascular. It tells you roughly how many calories you’ll burn with each video, and gives them a difficulty rating so you can choose one that’s right for your fitness level.
Blogilates – free online workout videos
MSE Zorica uses Blogilates, a website which features a range of online workout videos. You can also find recipes to help you eat more healthily while you improve your fitness.
Nike+ Training Club – fitness app
MSE Megan F uses the Nike+ Training Club fitness app, which offers a variety of workouts, covering everything from yoga to cardio. It can be done with no equipment and every workout has videos. The only slight drawback can be the amount of space you need to do the exercises, but you can easily modify them, such as by doing high knees on the spot. It has celebrity workouts and the more workouts you do, the more become available to you.
MapMyRun – fitness app
Another favourite of MSE Megan F, the MapMyRun app is great for keeping track of how fast you’re going while running. It will also give you split times at the end so you can see where you struggled – it tells you at roughly every mile point. It includes route maps so you can see where you went previously. It’s great for doing park runs as it gives a more accurate time and keeps you on track during the run.
MyFitnessPal – Calorie counter
Perfect for keeping a food diary and charting weight loss, you can tell this dieting app what you’ve eaten and how much exercise you’ve done and it’ll calculate how much of your recommended intake of calories is left for that day. The genius of this app lies in its barcode scanner, which allows you to input all the necessary information simply by pointing your camera at food packaging.
Seven – Quick exercise
The concept behind seven is simple: seven minutes of exercise, seven days a week for seven months. Follow on-screen directions and work towards goals unlocking new workout routines every second month you keep up the challenge. So if your usual excuse is not having enough time, you’ll need to think up a new one.
Sworkit – Circuit training
Tried and tested by MSE Ant, this app lets you create custom workouts from five minutes to an hour comprising of various exercises – from stretching and yoga to strength and cardio – and listen for voice instructions from your virtual boot camp drill sergeant.
RunKeeper – Tracks running, walking & cycling
This app lets you keep a live journal of your outdoor exercise and receive motivational feedback every time you go out running, walking or cycling with your phone – which uses GPS to provide details of your route, average speeds, calories burned and more.
My Weight Tracker – BMI & body fat calculator
If you’re trying to lose weight, or improve your body mass index (BMI), there are loads of great free apps that’ll let you track both, but many overcomplicate things. My Weight Tracker provides a single, easy-to-read line graph charting your weight, BMI and body fat percentage. Remember though, it’s only ever as accurate as the information you put in.