Like many people, one of my goals for this year is to exercise regularly. I’m a light exerciser, meaning you will never ever find me at a CrossFit studio. I much prefer neighborhood walks and yoga, and not just because I’m lazy. My light bone structure just seems better suited to lighter forms of exercise, and high intensity workouts often leave me hurting and depleted. I am learning to honor that rather than struggle against it. Still, everyone needs to break a healthy sweat every now and then. I find that when I exercise at least a couple of times a week, I’m less anxious and more energetic.
Enter Sworkit, my favorite exercise app, and the one I am using regularly this year to ensure I get a little healthy heart pumping going each week. A friend actually introduced me to Sworkit a year and a half ago, and I’ve used it occasionally since then. This year, my goal is to exercise (either a Sworkit session or a yoga video by Adriene) at least three times per week.
My favorite thing about Sworkit is that you don’t have to leave your house, and it requires no equipment. There is a zero percent chance that I am going to stick to a workout routine that involves having to drive to the gym. I love Sworkit because there is no prep time and no driving time. All you need is a pair of tennis shoes and five minutes, and you’re ready to go. As someone who constantly feels busy, schedule flexibility is essential, and less time is definitely more.
The app has several different types of workouts: strength, cardio, stretching, and yoga (though I don’t really recommend the yoga on this app…check out my favorite at-home yoga videos here). From there, you pick a sub-category (for example, “full body” or “core strength” under the strength category), and then you select how much time you want to spend. A lot of the cardio workouts are pretty high intensity, at least for me, so I typically will only spend about 8 minutes on a workout. That’s all I need to break a sweat, get my lungs and heart working big time, and reap the benefits of boosted energy and clarity of mind. How much easier could it be?
I don’t use many of Sworkit’s other neat features, such as push notification exercise reminders and number of calories burned, but they’re there and presumably very helpful if that’s something you’re into.
Looking to explore some other fitness tools to find the best fit for you? Be sure to check out these posts from other NC bloggers:
Asana Rebel yoga app review by Traci at Choosing Better.
Fitness gadget comparison by Liz at The Restless Wild.
P.S. – This is not a sponsored post. I just love sharing things that I love with my belles!
Oh gosh yes, finding time can be the hardest part of working out! I’m not as familiar with this app, but I like that it has workout options grouped by type. I’m totally going to check out those yoga videos on YouTube you recommended! Love doing the link up with you – let’s do this again!
This app sounds perfect for me, I usually just google workout videos but if I can get an app to keep me in track, I’m all for it!
My husband and I are leaving our rental home for an apartment and a huge reason is for the convenience of a on-site gym. An app like this would be great for someone who can’t pick and choose where they live just to be more active.
Now this is pretty cool! I’ve never seen an app like this before. I have used calorie counter apps but how cool to have workouts in it too. I’ll have to check this out!
That sounds like a great app! I love that I could pick a sub-category to focus on and pick my time. Some days I’m so busy that going to the gym is the last thing I want to do. I bet I could talk myself into only 8 minutes in the comfort of my own home! Thanks!
I am so convinced now that thhere truly is an app for everything! Thanks for sharing and best wishes on your fitness goals
I’ve only used this app once but it is so amazing! Love your input on it 🙂
This looks like a good one! I have never heard of this one before.
This is something I need to check out. I bet I can do this between blogging sessions. Thanks for writing about it.
I got 5 mins! I need to check out this app. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for linking up on this, friend! Def checking out this app this week to add into the mix with my yoga! So glad it’s working well for you! 🙂
I love learning about new apps. Thank you for sharing!