Our 6 Favorite Fitness and Health Apps for 2019

From custom workouts to lazy weight-loss plans

January 8, 2019 9:00 am

How are those 2019 fitness resolutions going?

If you’re falling behind — or have already given up — it might be because you’re bored, not seeing progress or haven’t found a workout tailored for you.

Enter Bolt.

Recently launched, Bolt is a free app that allows you to create and track custom workouts on the fly from a library of more than 200 exercises, from the “ab wheel” to the “zercher squat.” You can mix and match as you like, curating new routines or doing things the old-fashioned way with ready-made programs created by Bolt’s growing list of personal trainers and athletes.

You can track repetitions, weights and the like as you go, creating detailed notes on each workout, then analyze your history (and progress) over time. Coming soon: the ability to share your own workout routines.

Bolt is great if you want digestible results via a very streamlined interface. A few other new-ish workout and health apps and services we dig:

For not writing things down: Lifesum
Europe’s largest health app (30 million users) just became the first food tracker to work with Google Assistant, allowing you to track meals and your weight with just your voice.

For lazy weight loss: Intent
This web app pairs you with a weight coach (for $25/month) who will suggest personalized but “incremental” changes to your diet and fitness routine. Instead of logging your meals, you’ll simply weigh yourself once a day.

For virtual 24/7 personal trainers: Trainiac
Work one-on-one with a personal trainer through your phone — workouts can be tailored to a gym or your home. ($50/month)

For quick workouts wherever: FlexIt
Forget gym memberships. This app, launched this week, lets you pay for participating gyms by the amount of time you use them, down to the minute.

For developing healthy habits: Sincey
A simple way to record and and be reminded of the last time you did something (in increments from seconds to months). It’s pretty open-ended, so you can use it for working out, meals, sleep or any habit, good or bad.

Photos: Dylan Nolte on Unsplash; Bolt

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