Three Apps I Use to Keep My Body and Mind Active

by Lauren Heap, Senior Fitness Specialist

There are numerous reliable apps for workouts and mindful practices that many of us use. But, if you’re overwhelmed by the options, below are three apps I use when I need help with timing, planning out my workouts, or checking in with myself. The best part is they are all free!

SmartWOD Timer

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If you need a little help with timing and structure, the SmartWOD app has a variety of ready-to-go timers to keep you accountable.

AMRAP (as many rounds as possible). Complete a circuit of exercises as many times as possible within a specific time frame, with the option of adding multiple AMRAPs with allotted rest in between.

For Time. Set a time cap for completing a workout as fast as possible with the option of multiple sets.

EMOM (every minute on the minute). In one minute, perform a certain amount of reps for a move, rest for the remainder of that minute, and repeat again.

Tabata. This favored format has a set time for an exercise followed by a set time of rest. A typical Tabata is 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest for 8 rounds or 4 minutes total.

SmartWOD allows you to create a workout based on time, and it’s an excellent way to stay consistent when you are working out by yourself. One of the things I like is the built-in cues such as “ten seconds left,” which is my personal favorite because it reminds me to push harder before the timer runs out.

Nike Training Club

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Nike Training Club has a full library of workouts. So if you’re not in the mood to plan your own routine, they’ve done the legwork, and all you need to do is crush your workout.

You can choose your workouts based on muscle groups, workout type, with or without equipment, and/or your fitness level. Each routine includes a warm-up and cool down and an exercise demonstration before each move. You can also choose your own music playlist to pump yourself up!

Workouts vary between 5 minutes to 60 minutes, and if you have a smartwatch, the app can sync to it and track your progress.


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Working the mind is as vital as keeping your body active, so let’s take a beat and wind down with Delightful.

In just 5 minutes, Delightful encourages you to reflect on things you are grateful for each day. The app prompts you with 3 questions that you can respond to and provides an inspiring daily quote. Your entries are saved so you can always go back and see what you wrote in the past.

I enjoy using this app at the end of my day to reflect on how many good and positive things have happened to me!

AHWC has no affiliation with these apps, and these suggestions are the opinions of the writer. For more wellness resources, visit our resource page

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