Best Free Apps for the Fitness-Minded Mom

With just the swipe of your finger, a personal trainer awaits to help get you into tip-top shape! It sounds like a dream for busy moms with maybe too little time or too little extra funds to spend at the gym each day, but thanks to technology, the prospect of having a free personal trainer working with you twenty-four-seven and an at-home gym are now within a thumb’s reach. Read on for a list of the five best FREE fitness apps that range in not only ability, but also flexibility, strength, flavor and endurance.


Ready to Get Fit 2015? Throughout the next few months we’ll be posting regularly about fitness and nutrition. All of us here at Daily Mom will be right alongside you, taking steps to be healthier and offering each other encouragement. Be sure you keep up with our initiative for some great tips, recipes, ideas, activewear fashion, family fun activities, and inspiration on getting fit and being healthy. And remember–this is Daily Mom so we understand the responsibilities that come with having children and families as top priorities. We are here to help each other incorporate fitness and healthy choices into our everyday life.

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Mom on the Hunt for a Challenge: Join the Nike Training Club

Nike knows the words that women like to hear when it comes to our fitness. Get Lean. Get Toned. Get Strong. Get Focused. Thus, they were smart to name each of their four fitness programs offered on their Nike Training Club app accordingly so. With each one so enticingly named, it’s hard to decide day to day which ‘woman’ we’d like to be, so maybe we’ll just try all? Each program offers a slightly different focus: cardio, weights, increased weights and reps, and finally 15 minute workouts to target specific areas. Within each program, app users can choose their level (beginning, intermediate, or advanced) and workouts within each level vary in time from thirty to forty-five minutes. After selecting your workout and time preference, download the workout to your phone for a very easy to follow guide from move to move.

Have a specific fitness goal in mind? The NTC app helps you to build a four week fitness program, detailing exactly which workout you should do each day to reach that goal based on the criteria you enter. Happen to be a runner also? The program builder will also incorporate your runs into the program.

Mom on a Time Crunch: Let’s SWORKIT

SWORKIT Lite incorporates multiple facets of fitness into one compact little screen, allowing you to decide each day what type of routine you would like to do: Strength, Cardio, Yoga, or Stretching. After selecting your workout program, you are then given further specific options based on your choice such as full body workout, upper body, core strength, or a lower body workout. For busy moms, this app allows workouts to be done in as little as five minutes or as long as a full hour. Simply prop your phone or app device on a table, and follow the video just as you would a fitness DVD. Want to a mix of cardio and strength training one day? Have a knee injury and want to focus on solely the arms instead? The app also allows you to create a custom workout that suits your every need.

Mom in Beast Mode: Become a Spitfire Athlete

Welcome to the “Gym.”  This app is perfect for the woman looking to build muscle either with weights or their own body weight. If you have access to barbells, Spitfire Athlete provides four different plans, each optimized to meet your goals and nicely organized in a week-to-week calendar that outlines each day’s workout for you. It’s all right there at your fingertips. And with training plan names like “The Champion: Beginner Bikini Pro Bodybuilding Plan,” we’re pretty sure you’ll be lifting heavy…and looking good.

If you don’t have access to weights, have no fear, the app also caters to those wanting to tone their physique with four bodyweight programs also organized in the same week to week, day to day fashion. While pictures and a timer bring you through each move, videos are available through a quick link to Youtube.  The app claims to help you lose weight, gain muscle, and boost your metabolism by engaging in high intensity intervals, strength, and plyometric exercises. What’s not to love about that? Not only are the workouts worth the sweat, but they are also worth a look as the app itself is quite easy on the eyes, fun to use, and focused on female empowerment through strength.

Mom on a Diet: Write it Down with MyFitnessPal

Physical activity is a very important part of maintaining our health, but nutrition goes hand in hand. MyFitnessPal is a food and fitness diary in one, combining both to keep you on track to meeting or maintaining your health goals. This app is a popular one, and popular for a reason. It’s that good. Enter your weight and weight goal, whether you are trying lose weight or maintain your current weight, and the app will determine the number of calories you need to eat daily to reach your goals. Each day, enter each meal and snack you eat and the app will keep track of the number of calories you are consuming, as well as the percentage of carbohydrates, protein, and fat consumed as you go.

Don’t have time to read the nutritional information on everything you eat? Luckily for us, the app does all the work and already has most caloric information already saved in its database for almost any food item and brand or restaurant you can think of. Just adjust the amount you’re eating and you’re good to…add on the calories!

Now the really fun part: You also get to subtract the calories when you include a workout session! Link MyFitnessPal to another step tracking app like your Fitbit Tracker, or log the miles from your morning run on RunKeeper and enter into MyFitnessPal to keep track of the number of calories burned. Those calories are then added to the number of calories you are allowed to eat that day, meaning technically you can eat more, but if weightless is your goal, keep this simple rule in mind: more output and less input. Don’t eat the calories you worked hard to burn.

Mom Logging Miles: Log it with RunKeeper

If walking, running, hiking (or perhaps, mountain biking?) is more your thing, then RunKeeper is the app for you. With every cardiovascular workout you can imagine offered (including wheelchair), there is something for everyone. Select your workout preference and track your distance, pace, elevation, and calorie burn throughout your workout. While a GPS map offers you a guided picture of your distance and location, the app also provides audio updates so you don’t need to keep checking your phone while you concentrate on the road ahead. Integrate your favorite music app for easy listening while you’re on the go, too!  While the app provides a training plan, you can also create your own, or go day by day as you wish. When you’re done with your workout, RunKeeper makes it easy to share with your friends by snapping a pic and posting your progress to your connected social media sites with just a click.

Interested in logging the miles? Check out this other Daily Mom article on Health and Fitness: How to: Become a Runner

Check out our official Get Fit 2015 page for all the initiative posts in one place.

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Stephanie is a military wife, currently residing in New York, and mama of two exceptionally curious kiddos - a rugged pint-size princess and a toddling Evel Knievel-in-training - and one sweet, easy going baby boy. When she isn't exploring the family's newest dwellings, running trails, farmers' markets, and playgrounds, she spends her down time working from home, feverishly correcting "textspeak" in her college students' essays as an adjunct English instructor for a local community college. Her passion for writing and photography can be found at Stephanie High Photography on facebook

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