Have an appy work­out Fit­ness apps

The best of the new breed of apps make get­ting fit eas­ier and more rewarding. Tiana Cline shares her top picks…

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Boxx: #1 Boxing Work­outs

Burn up to 2 500kj in one go at home with this vide­owork­out app. It shows shadow-boxing us­ing light weights (which you must buy) for an ef­fec­tive car­dio or strength work­out. New con­tent monthly. Free down­load with 14day trial; then $10,99/month to sub­scribe (for ios/ap­ple; about R145), or from R139,99 for in-app pur­chases (An­droid)

J&J Of­fi­cial 7 Minute Work­out

This app is packed with 22 work­outs tai­lored to those with busy sched­ules. So no mat­ter if you have seven min­utes or half an hour, or want to tar­get a spe­cific area, the fab work­out li­brary takes your fit­ness and mo­ti­va­tion level into ac­count with reg­u­lar re­minders and great video tu­to­ri­als. Free for ios/ap­ple; An­droid

Lark 24/7 Health Coach

Lark feels less like a health app that sim­ply tracks ex­er­cise, sleep and diet, and more like a friend who wants to mo­ti­vate you to get fit. Its built-in per­sonal coach sends bite-sized ad­vice based on your data, and you can re­ply by talk­ing or tex­ting back. Free down­load; then in-app pur­chases from R159,99 (ios/ap­ple), or from R264,99 (An­droid)

Fit Ra­dio

Put smart sound­tracks to your work­outs to pro­mote top ef­fort ev­ery time. The app de­tects your running pace to match up your stride with the beat in a song. What’s more, you can also select to hear a mo­ti­va­tional coach. Free down­load with 30-day trial; then from R32,40/ month to sub­scribe (An­droid), or from R59,99/month to sub­scribe (ios/ap­ple)

C25K

Aimed at the first-time run­ner, this app fea­tures an eightweek plan (30 min­utes a day, three times a week) to grad­u­ally trans­form any­one from a couch potato to a 5km-marathon fin­isher. Sub­scribe to the app’s Dj-cu­rated playlists to in­crease your get-up-and-go! Free down­load; then in-app pur­chases from R29,99 (ios/ap­ple), or from R38,99 (An­droid)

Hap­pify

Rooted in be­havioural science, Hap­pify of­fers tools and tech­niques (minigames, re­ally) to spur on pos­i­tive change. In a few min­utes a day, it helps you man­age stress, think less neg­a­tively, and be more present. Re­sult? A pos­i­tive mind­set for tack­ling body fit­ness! Free down­load; then in-app pur­chases from R219,99 (ios/ap­ple), or from R141,53 (An­droid)

Niix

This fea­tures 10- to 30-minute video tu­to­ri­als on Pi­lates com­bined with car­dio (12 pro­grammes, each with 100+ ex­er­cises). Ideal if you’re too busy for gym, as you can tone at home with­out equip­ment! Free down­load with seven-day trial; then £9,17/month to sub­scribe (IOS/ Ap­ple; about R121), or from R114,99 for in-app pur­chases (An­droid)

Pocket Yoga

De­tailed voice and video in­struc­tions take you through hun­dreds of poses cre­ated by ex­pert yo­gis, to help you per­fect your stance (and see your calo­rie burn). Down­load Pocket Yoga to stretch through 27 dif­fer­ent ses­sions of vary­ing dif­fi­culty – all un­der 75 min­utes long. R49,99 for ios/ap­ple; R46,29 for An­droid

W&H TIP

Not ex­actly a fit­ness app, but we love Twilight, which au­to­mat­i­cally cov­ers your screen with a warm red fil­ter once dusk falls so that you can take your phone to bed with no nasty blue light to in­ter­fere with your sleep. A good choice for teens who won’t down tools. Free for An­droid

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