I admit it, I really indulged over the holidays! I was home in Iowa, where delicious pork dishes are everywhere and salad bars can be skimpy with plain old greens (Watergate salad, anyone?!). And temps were in the single digits, so running or even walking outside was out. As a result, I’ve got to get my act together now! An easy way to jumpstart a new workout regimen is with an app. My sister just finished her eight-week training in C25K (for couch to 5K; see below), and my neighbor thinks we should start ours so we can run a race in the springtime. I’m daunted, but I think I’ll do it! But until it gets a little warmer outside, I’m going to try the indoor apps first!
Authentic Yoga With Deepak Chopra and Tara Stiles guides users through basic yoga poses as well as advanced routines. The developer says the new version of this app slows the pace down, so it’s easier to follow spiritual guru Deepak Chopra’s instruction and yoga pro Tara Stiles’s physical examples. Works on Apple and Android, $2.
CrossFit Travel is designed to help you stay on course while you’re on the road. All workouts, aside from running) are designed for small spaces, such as a hotel room or bedroom. The app includes more than 120 Workouts of the Day that can be tailored to your personal preferences. Works on Android, $2.
Daily Arm Workout can help you tone up. Daily Arm Workout and the Daily Butt, Cardio, and Leg Workouts are loaded with video instructions for easy-to-follow moves to tone a particular body part. Get fit anywhere with short routines that require little or no equipment. Works on Apple and Android, free (pay $1 for more exercises and no ads).
C25K stands for couch to 5 kilometers, and its aim is to help novices get ready for a race in eight weeks. The easy-to-follow training plan has voice alerts that tell you when to warm up, walk, run, and cool down, and tells when to give it the final push. Works on Apple and Android, free (pay $2 for more exercises and no ads).
Kettlebell Training: The Basics will show you how to work those heavy little balls instead of lifting traditional barbell-type weights. First-times can start out with the Kettlebell Safety video. Works on Apple, $2.