Doing physical exercises at home has become common practice in the last month, as gyms and other training centers have been closed to ensure protection measures against COVID-19. But exercising on one’s own can be difficult and risky without the supervision and guidance of qualified instructors. For this reason, the following list brings 5 workout apps for those who want to continue or start practicing physical activity, which contains everything from training to strengthen muscles and lose weight, to breathing exercises with stretching and yoga.
It is important to consult health professionals, such as physical educators, before performing exercises alone at home, to assess your physical conditioning and avoid injuries during training. All applications are available for Android and iPhone (iOS) phones and provide training in English, Spanish, Portuguese, etc.
1. Nike Training Club
The Nike Training application, developed by the Nike sporting goods brand, offers several types of free training, from strength and cardio to yoga and mobility sessions, for people with different types of physical conditioning. The exercises are separated into categories that cover types of training with or without equipment, short and for athletes.
To have access it is necessary to make a free registration in the app and answer some questions about your physical profile. You can create an individual training plan according to your goal, physical conditioning and available time per week, or access already available training collections.
2. Adidas Training by Runtastic
Adidas Training provides free individual training plans in addition to some available only for premium accounts. When registering, the app asks if your goal is to get fit, be healthy, gain muscle or lose weight and what training intensity you want, so that training suggestions are personalized.
There are 30 different workouts available, which use only the body weight, in the easy, intermediate and difficult levels, and 190 exercises in total with video and audio instructions.
3. BodBot Personal Trainer
The BodBot is a personal digital trainer that creates personalized training for the user according to the desired objective and difficulty, available resources, physical capacity, among other factors. The planning is adapted according to the user’s evolution, as he performs or skips the exercises.
It is possible to use the application to perform physical activities both at home and at the gym, informing the available equipment. The app also has the “Nutrition” function, which registers the user’s food preferences and allergies, and makes nutritional suggestions to achieve the registered objective.
4. Stretching Exercises
Stretching exercises are ideal for those who wish to increase body flexibility. Available under the name Stretching Exercises in Google Play and as Stretching & Flexibility in the App Store, the app provides a series of stretches for everyday life, pain relief, running and specific body parts.
You can also customize your training plan with favorite exercises. Progress is stored in the app, which reports the accumulated time of workouts and lost calories.
5. Down Dog
Down Dog is a paid yoga app that is with free access until July 1st due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The activities are guided by videos and explanatory audios, and the user has access to over 60,000 settings of various types of yoga practices, such as Vinyasa, Hatha, Suave, Restauradora, Yin, Ashtanga, Chair, and Sun Salutation. You can also select other preferences such as activity level, duration time, music, rhythm, and instruction mode.
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