Summer is flying by and if you’re like most people summer is the time for not only relaxation and vacation, but for rejuvenation, too. That means running, swimming, and working out to get back in shape after those colder months where you barely poke your head outside before shutting the door again.
Check out the apps listed below to get outside and moving this summer. While these apps are great to use well past the end of summer, now’s a perfect time to try them out and see what works for you.
1. Zombies, Run!
If you need an extra push to get out and run then this is the single best app you can buy. Zombies, Run! is far more than a traditional run tracking app, adding in an immersive game that plays alongside some serious interval training.
You play as a runner in a world taken over by zombies and run missions to help your town survive. Collect supplies and build up your town all in hopes of surviving your next run. The faster you run the more zombies you evade. Zombies, Run! is just about the perfect app for any gamer that wants to get some real exercise in and have fun while doing it.
2. Run 5k
One of the hardest things about starting to run is knowing how to safely ramp up your time and distance without hurting yourself. Run 5k is an app that utilizes the “Couch to 5k” methodology of running to literally take you from never running to being able to run a 5k (3.11 miles) without stopping.
Simple, easy to use, and all-around fun to run with, Run 5k will get you up and moving faster than you thought possible.
Known as one of the first major running apps out there, Runkeeper is simple on the surface with tons of training and goal setting slightly below. Fun, simple to use, and with a built-in community that you can find your friends in, Runkeeper is possibly the best running app when your goal is to track your running and follow a plan.
Best of all, Runkeeper is free to use, making it a no-brainer for anyone that wants to keep track of his or her running.
4. Nike + Running
Much like Runkeeper, Nike+ Running uses the same basic training and tracking that makes it a great app, but adds in more social and motivational aspects.
Nike+ Running not only tracks your miles, but also tracks mileage on your shoes and terrain so you know when to replace shoes, something that’s easy to lose track of.
Science has found the perfect workout and it only takes 7 minutes to complete. The app Workout for the iPhone is the perfect way to do the perfect workout. With timing and cool 8-bit retro graphics the app walks you through each exercise so you get the most out of your 7 minutes.
6. Yoga Studio
Yoga is one of the best forms of exercise out there, but it’s also one of the more confusing to get started with. If going to a class isn’t for you, Yoga Studio is exactly what you need.
Yoga Studio comes with 65 ready-made yoga and meditation classes, all with HD video. The app also comes with over 280 poses with detailed instructions to get you into your downward dog with ease.