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If you read our previous blog on the best phone accessories for sports, you’re no doubt feeling inspired to hit the streets, park or gym, and get start getting fit. Whatever phone you’re using, from HTC to Huawei, Samsung to Sony and Microsoft to Motorola, download these apps and you’ll find yourself toned and healthy in no time at all!
Spotify (Free with in-app purchases and upgrades available, App Store and Google Play)
For many, music = motivation. Spotify streams charts, albums and playlists on the go straight to your phone. You can either create your own playlists of tracks or listen to their existing ones, and there’s plenty already there, for all moods and workouts! The app is free with ads between songs, or you can upgrade to a paid version for no ads.
You’ll need some sturdy sporty headphones to listen on the move. Check out the HB-QY8 Wireless Bluetooth Running Headphones, now just £14.99. They’re perfect for the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, and Samsung ranges (Galaxy S7/S7 Edge/SG Edge/Note/J5/J3/A5).
Under Armour Map My Fitness (Free with in-app purchases and upgrades available, App Store and Google Play)
A GPS-based app, Map My Fitness tracks and maps your workout routes using your phone’s whereabouts. The app gives you feedback on your performance, suggests new routes and sports, and gives you analytics on your workout. With over 40,000,000 users already regularly using Map My Fitness, you’ll be in good company with a large community of athletes to interact with.
Fitted Lifts (£2.99, App Store only)
If you lift weights and normally cart a pen and paper around the gym, Fitted Lifts is for you. You can tap in to the database of existing exercises and add in your own, mapping your daily progress along the way. It’s a really, no-frills weights tracker, so you can focus on lifting rather than logging.
Between bicep curls, you can keep your device on your arm with a flexible armband. The Peapod range will fit the iPhone 5 and 5S, 6 and 6S, 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S7. For a Motorola, LG, Nokia Lumia or HTC, you can use a Rock Moc Universal Smartphone Armband!
Fitstar (Free with in-app purchases and upgrades available, App Store and Google Play)
The official Fit Bit app, Fitstar syncs with your smartwatch to track your steps and work outs. It takes a completely personalised approach to help you hit your goals along your fitness journey. Expert trainers contribute routines so this is essentially a personal trainer in your pocket.
The app also comes with a radio channel, for freshly curated playlists to suit all abilities of workout.
Pocket Yoga (£2.99, App Store and Google Play)
Take your studio with you wherever you travel. Pocket Yoga gives you a selection of video-based yoga classes to choose from, with full verbal cuing and sequencing; so you don’t need to look up at your screen whilst upside down or twisted around! It also syncs with the Apple Watch to contribute towards your Apple Health targets.
Get extra zen with a Colour-Changing Bluetooth Speaker to listen to your class and add a soothing touch to your practice.