Finding the time and motivation to work out can be a challenge at any age, but for people over 60 it can seem like a less appealing option to go to the gym than before. For many, it takes significantly longer to achieve the training results – such as increased muscle mass and reduced body fat – that once came easily, now due to the natural effects of aging, which can be discouraging. Additionally, it may seem difficult to fit into your schedule or even intimidating to go to the gym.
Fortunately, you do not need a fitness membership to stay in shape, build muscle and reduce your risk of falls and other injuries – you can get the same fitness results in the comfort of your own home by using your phone.
The following smartphone apps have been recommended by top trainers as the best and most effective apps to help you build strength if you are 60 years or older. Keep reading to see all 4 options and if you also want to lose weight then check out these 15 underrated weight loss tips that actually work.
If you are looking for a fitness experience that can be tailored to your specific goals and ability level, look no further than Fitbod.
“Fitbod allows users to either create their own custom workouts inside the app or choose one of their cured applications that will help them reach their goals,” explains ACE personal trainer Tami Smith, CPT, owner of Fit Healthy Momma, which praises the app’s tools for tracking progress. “Fitbod is designed with progressive overload in mind, which means they take users from where their current strengths and abilities are, and work to make them stronger throughout their journey.”
“As you get stronger, Fitbod adapts and pushes you to the next level, which is necessary to build strength safely and effectively,” adds Smith. “Plus, Fitbod is 100% adaptable to either a gym or a home environment, they will take into account what equipment you have access to and create a tailored program based on it.”
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Do you find yourself getting bored by performing the same workout over and over again? OpenFit’s wide range of training options can help you stay motivated on your fitness journey.
“This app has an extensive library of workout programs and you are sure to find something for yourself no matter what you like,” explains personal trainer Christine VanDoren, UN, CPT at SportingSmiles.com. “There are guided programs if you prefer to follow someone, or you can choose a workout at any level to do on your own.”
Plus, VanDoren adds: “If you need help with your nutrition, there are also resources to encourage healthy eating on the app!”
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One of the most frightening aspects of embarking on a home training plan is the thought of having to buy fitness equipment for hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Fortunately, with the Home Workout – No Equipment app, you can get the strength training you want without having to spend a fortune on equipment.
“Although this app is guided towards a different demographic, it is perfect for people over 60,” explains personal trainer Paul Marlow, founder of Never Alone. “Since the focus of the app is on home training without the need for equipment, it provides the user with everything needed to get a 30-minute workout at any time – no need to leave the house.”
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They say the best things in life are free – and sometimes it’s even for workout apps!
“I’ve looked at several different training apps for my weight loss clients and am by far the most impressed with HASFit,” says personal trainer Ellie Gordon, PhD, MPH, CPT. “Their strength training is not only free, but very adaptable to all fitness levels, and they have workouts specifically designed for this age group. I also found that their training programs were very accessible (and entertaining) to some of my clients in the more extreme BMI categories. “
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