Try these fitness apps and websites for inexpensive, effective workouts.
Skimble’s Workout Trainer offers thousands of free individual workouts, complete with step-by-step audio and video instructions for everything from pain relief exercises to kickboxing to prenatal workouts. Multiweek workout programs cost $10 each, or you can pay a $7 monthly fee to access the app’s full range of content.
Derived from “simply work it,” the Sworkit app offers something for everyone, whether you’re a strength-training newbie or a Pilates pro. Users can create and share custom-built routines from the app’s library of over 170 exercises. The Sworkit website also includes a selection of user-built workouts that can easily be accessed online, or downloaded directly to the Sworkit app on your phone.
This app, conveniently available on tablet, phone and Apple TV platforms, acts as a portable studio. It includes adjustable intensity and session lengths, as well as detailed instructions for each pose. Pocket Yoga’s website includes a searchable glossary of yoga poses for all difficulty levels, with a range of body focus areas.
Offering individual workout videos and multiweek workout plans, Fitness Blender is built for exploring a wide variety of workouts. The site also offers healthy recipes and short instructional videos for individual exercises such as Pilates, crunches and muscle stretches. Workout and instructional videos are free; multiweek plans range from $5 to $15, depending on length.
If your goal is to release tension rather than burn calories, consider Gaiam’s home massage therapy kit. The kit comes with three massage therapy balls of differing sizes and a 25-minute DVD program of relaxing exercises. Add air with a pump to increase air pressure for a deeper massage, or keep the pressure low for a gentler approach.
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