Like almost everyone, I’m renewing my commitment to find time to exercise in the new year. I definitely slipped away from my usual 5 days per week of getting some form of exercise in during the holidays. 🙁
Sarah (who blogs over at XO Sarah) wrote that she had success with the free app SWORKIT last year, so I decided to give it a try. I like it so much that I already want to share it with you! It really is like having a free personal trainer in your living room.
SWORKIT has a bunch of different free workouts to chose from, including strength training, cardio, yoga and stretching. The workouts basically move you through a series of different exercises/moves in 30 second intervals.
Here’s what I like most about the workouts in the app:
- You can customize how long the workout is – if you only have a short amount of time to work out, you can set the timer to 10 minutes and still get in a quality workout
- It times each exercise for you and even allows time to change positions. It also gives you timed breaks!
- They have videos that show how to do each exercise. I hate not knowing how to do a move and guessing if I am doing it right.
- You can set a time goal for the week and track your progress. Right now I am aiming to get 45 minutes of interval training in per week. This isn’t much, but it is realistic for me right now in addition to my 4-5 times per week walks.
I have tried strength training workouts, yoga and stretching, and I think the app works best for high intensity interval training (HIIT) and stretching. It didn’t make as much sense for yoga, since I wanted to move through the series faster than the timer suggested.
I think this app will help me stick with a workout regiment through the winter, when I often struggle to find the motivation to workout.
Have you found any free app or site that helps you stick to a workout regimen? Please share in a comment below!