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6 apps to help you become one of the #millionsmoving

Wearable fitness trackers are great tools to support you in your movement journey, but if you’re looking for ways to support your health/fitness with technology and don’t have a wearable device, don’t worry! If you have access to a smartphone or tablet, there are plenty of apps out there to help you get moving! And if you do have a device, but want even more support, apps can be really useful as well. Below we look at a few of our favourites.

1) Fitstar

Fitstar is your digital personal trainer. It creates personalised workouts for users, no matter the fitness level, and adapts your workouts as you use it. By providing feedback as you go, the workouts become more tailored to your capabilities and goals. The app can be used on both iOS and Android devices, but if you don’t have either you can also access it via a PC. This is a paid for subscription – you can pay either monthly or annually, however you can access a selection of free workouts if you’d rather not pay.
Fitstar is owned by Fitbit and can also work in tandem with some Fitbit devices. Fitstar will take information gathered by your Fitbit to further tailor your workouts.

2) 7 minute workout

If you’re unfamiliar with the 7 minute workout concept – the workout is based on research from the American College of Sports Medicine's Health & Fitness Journal. It uses high intensity interval training, and is comprised of 12 moves that should be completed at 30 seconds each at maximum intensity, with 10 second rests in between. It’s a quick workout meant to get your heart going! If you search for 7 minute workout apps, you’ll find a wide array to choose from. Our favourite is the J&J Official 7 minute workout which includes the traditional 7 minute workout, but also has a bank of 72 exercises you can learn, and 22 workouts that can be customised.

3) Apple Health

If you have an iPhone and are just looking to track your movement, Apple’s built in Health app acts as a pretty nifty step tracker. It will log how many flights of stairs you’ve climbed, how many steps you’ve taken, and how far you’ve travelled. It also works alongside a number of other apps. For example if you use MyFitnessPal you can link it with Apple Health so that it registers your steps and thus calories burned against your daily intake!

4) Spotify

A great workout needs a great playlist, which is why we love Spotify. One of its handiest features is that it will match the music you listen to as you run to your tempo! All you have to do is log in to the app and click browse. From there scroll down until you find ‘Running’ in ‘Genres and Moods’. Pick a playlist and right before you set off on your run tap ‘Start Run’. The app will detect your tempo and play you some great tunes to match.

5) Couch to 5K

If you’re new to running, or maybe have fallen out of running shape, a Couch to 5K program is a great way to get moving. There are plenty of plans available on line – we even have one here – but if you’re happy to carry your phone with you, using an app can be really helpful. Pop in some earphones and your app will tell when you need to walk or run. You can also track this by watching the screen. When you search for apps you’ll find many available – some paid and some free. We like the Couch to 5K Runner app which allows you to access the first week of the training plan free. You can then pay to access the rest of the plan and get going!

6) Strava

If you run or cycle, or plan to start running or cycling, Strava should definitely be on your radar. Working with your phone or Apple Watch’s GPS, Strava tracks key stats on your runs such as distance, pace, speed, elevation and calories burned. It will also show you an interactive map of your activity. You can even participate in monthly challenges that push you further. Strava isn’t just an excellent tracking app though, it’s also a community. You can connect with friends and fellow runners. There are segment leader boards (see how you compare against other runners on certain segments of your run) and clubs.

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