15 Apps to Kick it Into Gear (Post-Quarantine)

Let’s be real. Some of us have done really well with our at-home workouts, and the rest of us— well, we’ve faltered a bit. Perhaps you simply couldn’t buy dumbbells fast enough, or your gym shut its doors faster than you can say ‘resistance band’. Whatever your goals are post-quarantine, we’ve rounded up 15 apps to help you get back on track with nutrition, hydration or fitness— depending on your goals and what you’re into.

Goal: Stay Hydrated

Sip, gulp, chug— however you choose to hydrate, these apps will be sure to help you reach your goals.

1. Waterlogged (iOS & Android, free)

Thirsty? Fitbit or Apple Watch users can get notifications on their wrist reminding them to drink without looking at their phone. Once you sip, you can log your intake using photos of your cups or water bottles. Learn more here.

2. My Water Balance (iOS & Android, free)

My Water/My Water Balance allows you to adjust your own water intake goal (can we debunk the 8 glasses myth yet?), and log beverages besides water that can affect your hydration level— such as alcohol and coffee.

Goal: Run More

If there’s one thing this quarantine has taught us, it’s that you can get a great workout outdoors, too. Switch up your routine with a challenging trail run or hike— and don’t forget to cash in those miles for the charity of your choice!

3. REI’s Trail Run Project (iOS & Android, free)

Designed for runners of all levels, REI’s Trail Run Project makes it easy (and fun!) to get outside and explore new routes. While the sidewalks around town can be great to get in a few quick miles, trail running gets you on softer surfaces, meaning your knees don’t take as much pounding. Open the app to see just how many trails are near you, find loops, view images of the trail, and check out the elevation. The best part? This app works offline, too, which is a life saver when you have zero service. There’s no shortage of trails listed in every state, plus Canada, South America, Central America, and Europe.

4. Charity Miles (iOS & Android, free)

Ever wish you could use your sweat for the greater good? Charity Miles is an iPhone and Android app that helps you turn all the miles you walk, run and bike into money for charity— supporting over 40 organizations like the ASPCA, Stand Up to Cancer, Habitat for Humanity, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The app uses your phone’s internal pedometer and GPS to track your distance, whether it’s by running, walking, dancing, or biking.

Goal: Stretch it Out

We can all use a little zen! Improve flexibility and calm your mind.

5. Asana Rebel (iOS & Android, free – $19.99/mo)

Asana Rebel is a yoga-inspired fitness app that has guided yoga flows alongside regular workouts, which still maintain yoga-inspired elements. This is one of the best free workout apps around (you can buy additional classes & features through the app). It’s the best of both worlds if you’re looking for other workouts to complement your yoga practice (or vice versa). Customize your experience by entering your goals, track your progress, and choose classes/programs based on how much time you have or the intensity you’re after.

6. Alo Moves (iOS & Android, $20/mo)

Does the name sound familiar? Made popular by their fitness apparel brand, Alo Yoga, Alo Moves offers up thousands of guided yoga practices taught by some of the biggest names in yoga. Alo Moves has over 2,000 videos organized into 200 plans and over 500 single classes taught by the top names in yoga, including Dylan Werner, Ashley Galvin, Caley Alyssa and Mackenzie Miller. And there’s more than just straightforward yoga sessions— You can work on your skills with a handstand workshop, improve strength with total-body workouts, relax with guided meditations, and more.

Goal: Build Muscle

Everyone knows that building muscle is the best way to torch calories! Whether you’re a seasoned veteran in the gym, or just beginning your weightlifting journey, these apps will help you track your progress, perfect your form, and stay motivated on days when you’re just not feelin’ it.

7. Strong (iOS & Android, free-$6.99/mo)

Strong helps long-time weightlifters with an impressive suite of features: You can discover new exercises (because it’s easy to get stuck in a rut); watch instructional videos (because even the pros need refreshers); customize rest timers so you stay on track (because by now, you’ve made plenty of friends at the gym and might get distracted); and save any workout as a template to complete again (because no one wants to fiddle with numbers over and over). On top of all that, you can also chart your weightlifting progress over any custom date range for any exercises, as well as track your body weight, body composition, and other body measurements you choose to log.  Bonus: You can also tag sets as a warm-up, failure, or drop sets. 

8. Gymaholic (iOS & Android, $4.99/mo)

Gymaholic is a no-frills, yet somehow incredibly detailed, app for tracking weightlifting workouts. You can track any type of workout set, including supersets, tri-sets, drop sets, circuits, sets to failure, pyramid sets and more. You can also tag your weightlifting workouts by types, such as bodybuilding, TRX, and strength.  The optional augmented reality (AR) feature allows you to see an animated version of yourself (as far as stats like body weight and height go) demonstrating the exercises you plan to perform. And if you decide you don’t feel like lifting one day, no worries — Gymaholic also supports HIIT and cardio training, too. 

Goal: Functional Fitness & Recovery

Switching up the routine is never a bad thing, and these apps prove exactly that. From motivating group workouts to challenging one-on-ones with world-class trainers, this collection of HIIT and recovery workouts is sure to increase your performance, improve stamina, and help take your training to the next level.

9. Aaptiv (iOS & Android, free-$9.99/mo)

Aaptiv offers audio classes taught by trainers and perfectly matched to the best workout music. During Aaptiv’s on-demand audio classes, the voice of a trainer guides you through a fitness studio-style session. And with over 2,500 workouts to choose from (and more than 30 new ones added each week), there’s no shortage in options, including cycling, yoga, strength training, stretching, elliptical workouts, and more. And for runners, the membership also comes with full marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K training programs.

10. Keelo (iOS & Android, $12.99/mo)

Short, sweet, and to the point. Keelo keeps it simple with pre-programmed HIIT workouts under 20 minutes so you can get in, get sweaty, and get out. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a great way to get more done in less time, and Keelo makes it easy to get started. There’s no need to keep track of your work and rest intervals or which exercise comes next—all you need to do is concentrate on working hard and the app does the rest. You can also reach out to a coaching team via email for advice and recommendations. The best part? There’s no routine longer than 20 minutes. 

11. ROMWOD (iOS, $24.99/mo)

After finishing a tough HIIT or CrossFit workout, you may be tempted to call it a day and haul out of the gym ASAP. But proper cool down is essential to recovery, and ROMWOD can help you through it. With over 1,500 flexibility routines, this app—which features detailed voice and visual instruction to master every pose—can help you loosen up while boosting mobility. Routines are added weekly, so you’ll never get bored.

Goal: Log Your Food

Shredding for the Summer, or bulking for next season? Whatever your goals may be, tracking your food is always a great idea.

12. MyFitnessPal (iOS & Android, free-$9.99/mo)

MyFitnessPal isn’t a weight loss program, but you can use it to help with weight loss if that’s your goal. It’s one of the easiest calorie-counting apps to use, and the Premium version gives you useful information about nutrition. Because it has both a website and mobile apps (not all calorie-counting apps do), you can log your intake easily when it crosses your mind. Activity-logging is just as easy, too, with so many compatible apps and devices.
For its ease of use and flexibility in letting you customize your weight goal, MyFitnessPal is a tried-and-true, trusted nutrition tracker.

13. LifeSum (iOS & Android, free with paid options)

With a user-friendly design and customizable notifications, this well-rounded fitness and nutrition tracking app is a great option for those who need a little push in the right direction. Simply take the health quiz and enter your basics (height, weight, fitness goals, activity level) and you’ll be presented with plenty of programs, custom-tailored recipes, and suggestions to optimize your day to day. Free with option to upgrade for additional features.

Goal: Eat Healthier

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be difficult, and it all starts with educating yourself. Use these handy apps to learn more about what’s on your plate, and how to eat better to feel better.

14. Fooducate (iOS & Android, free)

How healthy is your food? Fooducate allows you to track the foods that you eat, telling you what your calorie count is at for the day to help you reach your goals. Not only does it track the foods that you eat, it also evaluates various foods based on how good they are for you. Fooducate’s Grading System uses an algorithm to grade foods— selecting a rank from a list of 10 grades from A to D.

15. MyPlate (iOS, free)

Plan your plate with an in-depth look at calories, macronutrients, micronutrients and more! With healthy recipes, built-in meal plans and workout/nutrition trackers, MyPlate is an easy-to-use and motivating tool to ensure you’re staying on track.

Are there any applications we missed? Let us know your favorites and we’ll be sure to check them out.

Yours in Health,

Team True Nutrition 💪

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