Just because you're traveling doesn't mean your health and fitness should take a hit. Numerous smartphone apps have been created to help keep your fitness on track no matter where in the world you may be. Here are seven of our favorites.
1. My Fitness Pal
Even the most resolute fitness buff can lose track of their calorie consumption when they travel. When you lose the familiarity of home, it's easy to lose the patterns and the discipline ingrained in your everyday life. That's where My Fitness Pal comes in. The app calculates your daily calorie consumption in an easy-to-use journal, then creates target goals for you to hit when you exercise. Fast, efficient, effective and ingenious, it makes staying on track easier than ever.
2. Map My Run
The urge to run won't stay at home while you're traveling, but knowing which route to take in new surroundings can be a problem. You could end up running down a series of dead-end streets, or find yourself on a route no runner would ever want to take. The solution is Map My Run, an app that lists the most popular running routes in pretty much any locale. Boasting more than 70 million routes around the world, it shows you where you're going — via the data it records — and where you've been. Think of it as having a local runner on hand to offer advice almost anywhere in the world, but one who won't distract you with conversation.
3. Nike+ Training Club
Since you can't take a treadmill or weights with you when you travel, consider downloading the Nike fitness app. As polished as you'd expect from the fitness heavyweight, Nike+ Training Club brings together master trainers and athletes who provide you with more than 100 video tutorial drills, workouts and training plans. The tutorials have options including strength, endurance, or mobility; low, moderate or high intensity; infrequent, regular or frequent; and equipment or no equipment. Whatever boxes you need to tick, Nike+ Training Club has every option covered.
Sometimes, exercise can benefit from having a soundtrack. Spotify realized this a while ago and launched playlists designed to aid your workout. For example, the Running feature cleverly establishes your running tempo and plays songs that have a beat to match it, driving you on through the hard miles. Throw in custom original running playlists and DJ-mixed sets designed to push you, and you'll find all the inspiration you need.
5. Power 20
We all know that exercise takes a consistent effort, but for the traveler working on a tight schedule, long workouts are not always possible. Perhaps the makers of the Power 20 app were aware of this, as they offer a wide range of carefully curated workout routines perfect for the on-the-go traveler who doesn't always have exercise equipment on hand. Focusing on strength, balance and muscle tone, each workout — as the name suggests — is just 20 minutes long.
6. Yoga Studio
Yoga has been shown to improve strength, flexibility and balance, among many other benefits. Unlike many gym-based exercise routines, this ancient art can require little more than sufficient space in which to perform each pose — and an app to offer expert instruction. There are many yoga apps in the market, but we've gone for one that is free (with the option of in-app purchases), serving everyone from beginners to experts and offering classes designed to fit even the tightest of schedules.
The bedrock of a healthy body and mind, water is the unsung hero we can't live without. Research has shown that H2O speeds up your metabolism, cleans the body of toxins, digests food, circulates blood and generally makes everything work like it should. That same research has shown that dehydration leads to fatigue, which slowly shuts down the bodily functions you need to operate at peak performance. This is where WaterMinder comes in. It simply tracks your daily water intake, setting targets and recording your achievements along the way. It may not sound exciting, but without this last app, none of the other six above will work as effectively.
All apps are available on both Android and iOS.