When you’ve got a busy schedule, you find less and less time for self-indulgence. Maybe you’d like to read a book, watch a movie, or if you’re like thousands of other women, you’re looking for time to exercise. The only problem is that not many women can carve out time to visit a gym whenever they’re in the mood to run. So why not download an app and workout on your time, in your own home? Sworkit, Yoga Studio, 8Fit, Noom, and Aptiv are some of the top-rated exercise apps for women on both the Apple Store and Google Play. Here’s a rundown of workout apps for women:
Optional subscriptions: $14.99 monthly, $89.99 yearly, in-app purchases available, 7-day free trial.
Sworkit is a great tool for supplementing one’s current fitness habits. The free app offers 300 customizable workout routines with the help of collegiate-level studies that assess the fitness needs of each user. Paired with the American College of Sports Medicine, Sworkit’s 6-week program is based on the preference of the user: They can choose to be Leaner, Fitter, or Stronger, depending on their fitness level (from beginner to advanced) with accompanying options of weight loss, yoga, Pilates, cardio, and stretching. The most unique feature with the app is its one-on-one assistance from a Sworkit personal trainer.
Yoga Studio: Mind & Body
Optional subscriptions: Beginner plan at $5.99/mo, Full Access monthly plan at $9.99/mo, Full Access annual plan at $7.99/mo, 7-day free trial.
With over 80 in-app yoga and meditation classes, this app’s users, whether beginners or advanced yogis, can pose anytime and anywhere. The app even offers free downloadable content so videos can be played without WiFi connection. Yoga Studio offers easy-to-follow yoga classes with teacher commentary that can be customized with the Custom Class tool. This allows for a truly personalized yoga session with over 280 poses to choose from, each with detailed instructions. Class lengths vary from 5 to 60 minutes, focusing on strength, flexibility, relaxation, balance, or a combination of the four. Additional fun classes include Hip Hop Yoga, Yoga for Runners, Sun Salutations, and more. You can even schedule and track your workouts with your phone’s calendar app, so as to never miss a good yoga sesh.
8fit Workouts & Meal Planner
Optional Subscriptions: Pro plan in 1-month, 6-month, and annual packages, in-app purchases available.
This mobile personal trainer offers quick workout routines, along with a simple, healthy meal planner tailored to the user. Anywhere and anytime, the app can teach proper nutritional strategies, at-home exercises (more than 350 varied exercises), and High-Intensity Interval Training. These trainings are for increasing endurance, improving cardiovascular fitness, and losing weight without catabolizing hard-earned muscles. Typically, the workouts range from 5 to 20 minutes long. The guidance for meal planning includes organizing a healthy meal plan accompanied by a grocery list and 400 recipes customized to personal tastes or allergies.
Noom: Health & Weight
Noom considers itself a trick for your body. The guides for healthy eating habits and flexible coaching designs help users reach their short- or long-term fitness goals. Based on your in-app activity and progress, there is personalized feedback given by Noom’s fitness coaches. The app even uses tools to track weight, food consumption, exercise, and more. You can even choose from their 250+ articles that influence your daily life and physical goals. A great feature is the customizable meal plan and a workout plan, guiding you closer to your fitness goals.
Aaptiv: #1 Audio Fitness App
Aaptiv has thousands of workout routines that can be mixed and matched with running, elliptical, race training, strength training, and yoga, among others. Each routine has unlimited access to and strong leads by personal trainers. There are 30+ classes added every week so that you can achieve your fitness goals through structure and discipline, whether you are a beginner or advanced. They encourage you to “find your rhythm and get motivated with . . . expertly-crafted music playlists featuring artists you love.” It also includes the High Intensity Interval Training that helps burn calories faster and build muscle.