10 free workout apps to keep you fit while staying home and social distancing

Elena Sheppard
·3 min read
There are ways to stay active, even while practicing social distancing. (Photo: Getty Images)
There are ways to stay active, even while practicing social distancing. (Photo: Getty Images)

Social distancing. It’s a term you likely didn’t know a week ago, but amid the coronavirus pandemic its now a phrase you probably use daily. As we all spend more time indoors, one thing that’s important to keep doing is moving our bodies, both for our physical health and our mental wellbeing as well — studies do show that exercise helps mitigate anxiety. So as more and more experts tell us to skip going to the gym to help flatten the curve, here are 10 free workout apps to try from the comfort of your living room.

Nike Training Club

The Nike-branded app has over 185 free workouts for all levels. Workouts include strength, endurance, yoga and mobility training. Over time and regular use, the app it will get to know what users like to do and start offering recommended workouts based on those preferences.

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30 Day — Squat Challenge

This app provides a month-long journey to perfecting the squat — and dramatically increasing the number of squats a user can do in a day. Over the course of the month, the squat workouts slowly get harder and harder, until the ultimate challenge on day 30. There is also a 30 Day — Ab Challenge, and 30 Day — Push Up Challenge for those seeking an all-around experience.

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Adidas Training by Runtastic

The Adidas app offers workouts that are anywhere from seven to 45 minutes long. There are more than 180 workouts with detailed demonstrations, and users can join any level of tiered membership for added features.

More information here.

Tone It Up

While many of Tone It Up’s features are behind a paywall, the app does have free workouts that change every day. Users can target specific areas, or go full body, but the app’s ethos is all about gaining lean muscle mass.

More information here.

7 Minute Workout

This is the #1 fitness app in 127 countries, and that’s likely because a 7-minute workout sounds like most people’s dream. This app is filled with workout ideas to help users break the most sweat in the shortest amount of time.

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Daily Yoga

Guided daily yoga moves from beginner to advanced, it’s a yoga app for everyone. The app has over 60,000 reviews, and devoted followers worldwide.

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Daily Workout Fitness Trainer

This app is a handy at-home workout companion, featuring 10 different 5-10 minute workouts, as well as 10 full-body workouts. The more expansive, paid, option has nearly 400 workouts to choose from.

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FitOn: Fitness Workout Plans

FitOn is known for its celebrity trainers including Cassey Ho, Jeanette Jenkins, Katie Dunlop, Christine Bullock, Kenta Seki, Danielle Pascente and many others. There’s everything in here from cardio and Pilates, to yoga, and dance.

More information here.

Sworkit Fitness & Workout App

Sworkit is better known for its paid offerings, but there is plenty here for free too — including exercises designed for kids. If there are little ones stuck in your house, this will help them get moving.

More information here.

Simple Habit

While you’re taking care of your body, make sure to take care of your mind, too. Simple Habit’s sleep and meditation app provides many short meditations for all different moments in your life, from “Tough Day” to “SOS.”

More information here.

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