As spring arrives in Georgia, everyone is suddenly feeling inspired to get their cardio in the fresh air (just as soon as the Claritin kicks in, of course). It’s the perfect time to find some new fitness apps to keep you motivated even after the grueling Georgia summer kicks in. Here are a few favorites for the whole family. There’s more to making exercise fun than Pokemon!
This app lets you run, walk, or bike to raise funds for the charity of your choice. The pennies add up fast, and knowing you’re exercising for a good cause can help the miles go by faster. This content should be safe for all ages to use. It’s available free for iOS and Android.
If you prefer to exercise inside during the sweltering, six-month-long Georgia summer, there’s no need to drive to the yoga studio. Daily Yoga offers a variety of classes for all levels, from the complete newbie to the seasoned pro. Simply set your phone up somewhere you can see it and stretch out on your floor. (You may want to vacuum first if you have, say, two cats and a particularly sheddy dog.) Completing each lesson gives users points, allowing them to compete with others for high scores.
If “stranger danger” is a concern, the app Down Dog Yoga is a great choice for minors. This app mixes up sequences and provides customizable music, so even though it lacks the gamification aspect, it’s still highly enjoyable. Both apps are available free for iOS and Android, although they both have optional in-app purchases.
In addition to run tracking, interval training, and base building, the Zombies, Run! app provides more than two hundred episodes of rich audio drama to keep you running. Play as featureless protagonist Runner Five, beloved hero of a small English township bursting with survivors of the “grey plague.” The characters are so nuanced and lifelike that they soon feel like friends—making it easier to push through long runs, even on bad days. The story is a believable yet powerfully optimistic take on the apocalypse, with countless strong women as leaders, mothers, soldiers, traitors, doctors, scientists, secret agents, and, naturally, runners.
Best of all, you don’t have to run to enjoy the app. Simply turn off the zombie chases if you don’t feel like running (or even moving). The main app is free to download for iOS and Android devices, and it offers a limited number of free mission unlocks. A year’s subscription costs $20, while a month’s subscription is $3. The app is generally family friendly, with minimal foul language, although parents may want to listen ahead for questionable content, such as descriptions of violence against zombies. Younger players or newer runners may want to start with the company’s 5K trainer, which is even more family friendly and helps prevent common injuries.
If zombies aren’t your thing, you may prefer one of Six to Start’s other fitness apps, such as Superhero Workout or The Walk. In The Walk, you play as an agent (codename “Walker”) tasked with walking 500 miles from Inverness to London to save the world from terrorists. It’s a cozy European spy thriller featuring many of the same talented voice actors as Zombies, Run! You can find it for iOS and Android for $3. The Walk is light on offensive content, but it is a bit bleaker than its zombie-focused counterpart, making it more appropriate for a slightly older audience.
Although not a game, FIT Radio can provide the perfect soundtrack for zombie evasions and long walks across the U.K. There are countless mixes across several genres, all blending the songs together as seamlessly as a club DJ. Most of the music is clean, at least in terms of profanity. Some songs may have mature content, but nothing beyond what you might hear on daytime radio. The app is free on iOS and Android devices, although you may enjoy it so much you purchase one of their monthly plans.