The Best iPhone Apps for Fitness TravelersPosted on Sep 3rd 2010 3:00PM by Karen Asp
Virgin Atlantic's Jet Lag Fighter ($1.99)
Tired of being whipped by jet lag whenever you travel? Download this app and you'll get customized advice about when you should exercise to beat that fatigue. Just plug in personal info (e.g., gender, age, and regular wake-up and bedtimes) and trip details, and the app will calculate when you should exercise before and during your trip. It even tells you what activities are best for fighting jet lag. Another fun feature? The app tells you when you should and shouldn't get light, which sets your biological clock.
Travel with Mylil'Coach and you'll have a personal trainer, dietitian and life coach wrapped into one. That's because this app sends you gentle reminders throughout the day to drink water, eat mindfully, breathe deeply and, yes, exercise. It also serves as a pedometer, tracking your daily step count and tallying how many more steps you need to reach 10,000 steps, a number most experts use as the minimum amount for managing weight. You can even set up a schedule and customize when and how often you receive reminders to walk more.
Shape Travelista ($1.99)
No fitness center in your hotel? You can't use that as an excuse not to exercise anymore. With this app, you need only a hotel room, as it teaches you how to do strength workouts that use travel-friendly items, including luggage, a bed or water bottles. Choose from eight full-body routines and use it to log your sets, reps and the equipment you've used.
Trailhead by The North Face (free)
Whether you want to hike, bike, ski, walk or run, this handy app locates trails wherever you are in the world. The database includes more than 300,000 trails that can be searched by activity, trail length, location and user rating. You can even track your route via GPS as you go and view distance, speed and elevation. All of this information can be saved on your phone, depending on how much space you have.
If you're the type of exerciser who does best with classes and DVDs, you'll love this app. Every day, you'll get a 10- to 40-minute workout video ranging from aerobics to yoga from ExerciseTV. You'll also receive five categories of circuit workout moves, each one featuring 10 short videos that feature one to three minutes for abs, yoga/stretch, upper body, lower body and total body training. A light hand weight is the only piece of equipment you might need, but you can always use a filled water bottle.
Looking for more apps to load on to your iPhone? Check out these fitness apps.