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Friday, 20 June 2014

Apps for Vacation Fitness

Summer vacation is a welcome break from your normal, everyday routine. But just because you plan on getting some much needed R&R, doesn't mean you should hit the snooze button on daily exercise. Striking the perfect balance between maintaining fitness goals and enjoying your serene surroundings is key when traveling. But, who wants to spend an hour at the resort gym when you could be on the beach, hiking, or exploring a new place? We've uncovered the six best fitness and travel apps tailored for all your summer plans. 

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Where to Use It: At the Beach
Why It's Awesome: Short, sweet, and to the point. This explosive, 20-minute full body workout focuses on strength training, balance, and muscle tone. You’ll fly through the basics (squats, crunches, lunges, plank, and wall sit) without any equipment necessary. And if you get bored by day two or three, upgrade to Power 20 Pro for $2.99. Bonus feature: The entire routine can be done from your beach towel.
  Why It's Awesome: Walk. Run. Dance. Bike. Faux jump rope in place. Twerk at 1OAK. Every movement counts with this app. Plug in what you plan on doing and the app will automatically guesstimate your steps per minute. If you think the counter is too high or low for your personal average, perform a “Rhythm Analysis” to establish the most accurate step rate. From there, hit “Go” and Spring will calculate your time, miles, and calories burned, which makes getting lost in your favorite new city that much more rewarding. Bonus feature: The app curates a playlist based on your step rate and music taste, so you can literally move to the beat.
  Why It's Awesome: This app is totally worth the $3.99 price tag: You can instantly download 65 live-action yoga classes. Fit for all levels, cycle through 15, 30, or 60-minute practices to keep your chaturanga on point while fully immersing yourself in the beauty of nature. Bonus feature: Yoga Studio keeps a schedule of all your activity, so you know which classes you completed and when.

Where to Use It: Everywhere
Why It's Awesome: Chances are you already don’t drink enough water. However, when you’re traveling, hydration is a must. Between flying, spending long periods in the sun, and expending energy, you need to stay on top of your hydration game. And, of course, there’s an app for that! WaterMinder fills a cartoon version of you with water as the day passes—turning you into a Smurf look-alike once you reach your goal.
Where to Use It: High-Elevation Destination
Why It's Awesome: This easy to use app is geared toward getting the most out of your hike—and your workout. Specify your mileage goal and the “Route Genius” will design multiple options within your area. Once you select your destination, the app logs every aspect of your hike (including time, distance, pace, speed, and elevation). It’s also one of the only hiking apps that tracks your caloric expenditure (so that victory pisco sour outside of Machu Picchu will taste guilt-free). Bonus feature: Get the MVP upgrade and the app will notify friends and family of your location and progress via its Live Tracking