7 Travel Apps for the Fitness Buff - United Hub

7 travel apps for the fitness buff

By Nick Harper

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.

4. Spotify

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.

7. WaterMinder

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.

United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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