4 Fitness Apps That Are Way Cheaper Than a Gym Membership
Home workouts have come a long way since all we could do was play, rewind, and repeat a Jane Fonda video.
Fitness and health app use has grown by 330% in the last few years, according to a recent Flurry study, and it's easy to see why. Today’s fitness apps and streaming exercise classes make it a cinch to switch up workouts so they’re anything but routine, and most cost just a fraction of a monthly gym membership. They're also entirely customizable for your needs. Want to clear your head before a big meeting? Use a meditation app to tap into your inner Buddha. Traveling without access to a gym? Try a yoga class from your hotel room.
Amy Brightfield, our health director (aka The Health Nut), shares her top picks for every fitness level and need.
I’ve always dreaded crashing into a yogi—the one touching her toes without groaning—in a class. Doing yoga at home eliminates that fear, and I have unlimited access to 4,000 classes for $18 a month.
Buy It: $18/month
HIIT class, anyone? I love that the instructors and students in these 20 programs all have strong but normal bodies. (I never wish they’d just go ahead and eat a doughnut.) Plus, their attitudes motivate me to get those extra steps in.
Buy It: $20/month
Sometimes the stress of carving out time to meditate can undo all the good. Buddhify solves that with on-the-go guided meditations that address many common problems and feelings, including trouble falling asleep and wanting to yell at a customer service rep. (These sleep-inducing products can also help!)
Buy It: $5; iOS
I am no ballerina but I love feeling like one with a barre workout. I can stream a session with professional ballerina Mary Helen Bowers or do a live private session with an instructor.