It’s definitely easy to kiss your workout routines goodbye when you are traveling. Lying poolside with a new best-seller to read sounds perfect, but just because you are away from home, doesn’t mean you need to have a completely sedentary vacation. There are a variety of workout apps for travelers to use to stay fit and active while on the road. No room to pack your running shoes? This trip, find a way to make them fit. No excuses this time! We rounded up the best workout apps to keep your body and mind sharp on the road.
Wherever Workout – Whenever you can , wherever you are in the world, however you want.
Whether you just flew 14 hours across the Pacific, or ate too many courses on the first night of your Caribbean cruise, the Wherever Workout is here to help you feel just a little bit stronger. The Wherever Workout app offers great exercises and complete routines designed for when you are traveling, at work, or simply just too busy to stick to your regular fitness program!
The app lets you choose the situation to work out in. Are you in a hotel? Stuck in an airplane seat and need a good stretch? Only have 15 minutes? It has routines for everything—from simple stretching, to quick hard workouts so when you do get back to your regular routine, you’re not starting from scratch.
Map My Run – Get outside and explore a new city!
If you love to run outside and explore new areas during travel, try MapMyRun. This app is a fitness tracker that enables you to use the GPS of your phone to track all of your fitness activities. You can discover a new running route programed on an interactive map. The app will record duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, and calories burned.
If you prefer walking, cycling, or other types of cardio fitness, check out: MapMyWalk, MapMyRide, and MapMyFitness.
Nike Training Club – A personal trainer in your backpack
This app claims to be your ultimate personal trainer no matter your fitness level. Nike Training Club boasts 160+ free workouts from strength and endurance to mobility and yoga. You can choose 15-45 minute workouts using bodyweight only (or head to your Hilton Grand Vacations Gym. The app can tailor your workout to light or full equipment). If structure during travel is what you need, the personalized training plans adapt to you and your schedule.
The app features “Picks for You” and are based specifically on your routine. The more you use the app, the more personal your recommendations become.
To make the app even more fun, you can get motivated by some of your favorite athletes with their own inspiring workouts. Serena Williams, Michael Jordan, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Ellie Goulding are just a few athletes you will find on the app.
MyFitnessPal – Stick to healthy habits and strength on your trip
If you are afraid that your upcoming vacation will get in the way of your weight loss or other fitness goals, add Consumer Reports #1 rated diet, MyFitnessPal to your phone. First, set your fitness goal, whether it be weight loss, weight gain, weight maintenance, and it is like you have your own nutritionist in your pocket. The app can count calories, track nutrients, upload restaurant menu items, scan barcodes of foods, and more. It connects to other fitness apps such as MapMyRun so you can track your food intake and workouts. To stay motivated, the app uses graphs to track your progress.
Pocket Yoga – Add a little yoga to your travel routine!
If you want to keep your fitness routine moving forward even when you are on the road, hotel room yoga might be your best bet. Simply head to the HGV gym, place your phone in front of you, and Pocket Yoga will guide you through a 30, 45, or 1 hour session using vocal and visual instructions. Over 200 illustrated poses showing correct posture and alignment as well as a dictionary of these poses containing benefits of each pose. You can preview a routine and select one of the 27 programs to fit your experience level. As you use Pocket Yoga, the app will save and track your workouts, heart rate, and calories burned . The app can sync with the Apple Watch, iPad, and your TV.
Bvddy – To find a golf buddy, class, or game on the road
This sports matchmaking app could be nicknamed the Tinder of workouts. If you thrive on the social scene of a workout, try Bvddy during your next trip. From running, to tennis, to Zumba, Bvddy can help you find athletic groups, classes, and nearby players who share the same interests. Arranging your own pickleball game while on vacation is easy thanks to the matchmaking technology. Simply select the sports you love, set your skill, location, and bingo, the matching begins! Over 70 sports are available including, hiking, cycling, golf, kite surfing, paddle (SUP), yoga, kickball, and more!
Sworkit – An easy solution to fitness while traveling
Rated #1 by a recent study assessing fitness apps by the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), Sworkit has already delivered over 50 million workouts to people of all fitness levels. The app’s whole purpose is to be for anyone who needs an easy solution to fitness. Sworkit can help busy travelers find more energy on the road by using equipment free workouts, personal training, and even a five minute stretch before your next flight.
You can sync Sworkit to MyFitnessPal and the Apple Health app to track workouts and energy burned.
AAPTIV – For the Hotel Treadmill
If you enjoy running on the hotel treadmill but need motivation, enter the AAPTIV audio fitness app. You have access to more than 2,500 audio-based workouts led by personal trainers. You can quickly pick up rhythm and speed on the treadmill with music-driven workouts. The music playlists are a highlight of the app. Workouts range from 7 minutes to complete training programs. Workout categories include running, elliptical, cycling, stretching, yoga, and strength training. AAPTIV even offers full marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K training programs.
Johnson and Johnson 7-Minute Workout – Make every minute count on your trip!
Designed by Chris Jordan, Director of Exercise Physiology at the Johnson and Johnson Human Performance Institute, this app is designed to fit your schedule, ranging from 7 to 32 minute workouts. There are 72 exercises and 22 workouts that you can customize to create over 1,000 variations – from easy to hard. The Smart Workout feature gauges your fitness and motivation level and creates a variety of workouts specifically for you. You can even set workout and inactivity reminders to help you stay on track while away from home.
Fitocracy – Embark on an epic adventure!
This app can be called the social network for workout junkies since it provides an element of gaming inside a workout space. Not only does this app include free workout routines that you can use while traveling, you join a community of supportive “Fitocrats” who will keep you motivated on your journey. This app makes working out fun (and addictive). You unlock achievements to visualize your progress. You can also beat quests to push yourself and take on new challenges.
AllTrails – Get out into nature!
If you want to get outside and hike or trail run, AllTrails offers information on more than 50,000 miles of trail in North America. Users can filter lists based on whether trails are dog, child, or wheelchair friendly. AllTrails provides driving directions to get to the trailhead, and includes the phone’s GPS tracking so you won’t get lost. The app can calculate pace, distance, elevation, and maximum speed along the trail.
Old School Coach – Fitness comedy for travelers
Why does fitness have to be so serious? Ranked one of the best workout apps by Self Magazine, Old School Coach will remind you of your old high school soccer coach or the tough grandfather you had. The type that told you to “suck it up!” or “no pain no gain!” Old School Coach is a real-life fitness trainer with over 40 years experience. This rough around the edges but hilarious “Coach” will travel along with you to help provide you with healthy and fit routines on the road.
It’s easy to undo established workout routines during travel. Instead of returning home dreading to go back to the gym, try a workout app that will help you stay healthy and energized while on your journey.