Nowadays, there’s a mobile application for everything; how we communicate, how we navigate and even how we operate. Staying fit is no exception! Sailing around the world can take its toll on your fitness routine. Luckily, there are many fitness apps to keep your schedule on track.
Following a chat with Marcus from Sparkx regarding the vast array of cruise line apps, we were inspired to create this blog post - thanks, Marcus! Here are the best fitness apps for working out while travelling:
Fitbit: Health & Fitness
“When travelling, you don’t always have time to go to the gym or do a fitness workout,” Lauren & Lottie from Twins Gone Roaming explained. “We love going on sightseeing holidays, which often involves lots of walking and a busy itinerary. We like to track our steps using the Fitbit Inspire HR fitness tracker and app.
“As well as tracking steps, you can also see the number of calories you have burnt, how many miles you have walked and you can log your food and water intake if you want to. You can also use the Fitbit app to look back on your history.
“The app allows you to set yourself various goals, such as a daily step goal. We like to have our goal set at 10,000 steps a day. You can also set an hourly activity goal between a chosen start and end time. You will be reminded via the fitness tracker to do more steps (if you have not reached the 250 steps per hour goal). A great reminder to help you stay active while on holiday.
“On a recent weekend trip to London, we walked 76,241 steps. Without the app, we wouldn’t have been able to measure how active we had been (steps, miles walked and calories burnt). We think the Fitbit app is excellent for keeping track of your fitness while out and about exploring!”
FitOn Workouts & Fitness Plans
We chatted to Claire from Money Saving Central, she told us, “FitOn is the perfect app for anyone looking to get fit on a budget. The fitness platform offers users unlimited free fitness classes spanning everything from meditation to cardio and strength training.
“The app is 100% free and has workouts across multiple disciplines such as dance, yoga, circuits, boxing and HIIT. The app enables users to search by body part for perfectly customised exercise and there’s also the ability to create custom programs to help you reach your goals.
“The platform live-streams more than 10 classes a day and many of the workouts available are taught by celebrity trainers, meaning users get access to workouts that celebrities pay a lot of money for.
“This is why, at Money Saving Central, we personally use and recommend FitOn to anyone looking to get fit via an app. It’s fantastic AND free!”
“There are so many ways to exercise and keep fit while cruising, from the on board gym to taking classes or using the running track found on board. One easy way to keep fit is by using apps such as the Peloton app,” Marcus from Sparkx told us.
“Peloton products come in different forms depending on whether you own a bike/equipment or just want to take advantage of the app. Either way for a monthly fee it gives access to thousands of classes, with over 10 types of workouts that you can stream to your devices, including strength conditioning, yoga, running, stretching, boot camps, meditation and of course cycling. The flexibility is really handy when you’re travelling about and you can choose to do things on your own or utilise the equipment found on the ship.
“There are other benefits to the app, as it can help you track your fitness goals and progress with advanced metrics, allows you to work out alongside others, and important for Peloton members, earn achievements and keep your streaks going.
“Even better, some cruise lines, such as Celebrity Cruises, even offer Peloton classes on board which can link to your Peloton account.”
Strava: Run, Ride, Swim
“I love using the Strava app when taking walks in ports on cruise holidays,” Lois from No Cruise Control explained. “I get to feel good watching the miles I’ve walked, compared to the food and cocktails I’m devouring… I also have a permanent reminder of routes I’ve walked to potentially return to in the future!
“There’s a walk in Olden I love taking, that I keep returning to year after year.
“Do remember not to track Strava activities on the Promenade Deck though. With the ship’s movement, it’ll track that you’re running around at breakneck speed!”
Sworkit Fitness & Workout App
“For anyone who has ever used ‘being too busy’ as an excuse not to go to the gym, Sworkit is your absolute nightmare,” Karen from Cruise Blondes told us. “Customisable, easy to use and portable, this fitness app means you can work out anywhere, so it’s perfect for cruisers.
“You simply choose a goal, such as losing weight, getting fit, or bendier, the type of activity (yoga, running, cycling, stretching, everything), along with the difficult rating, and it streams the ideal workout. You don’t even need any equipment or much time as there are quick workouts, too. So you can do a pre-buffet class in your cabin!
“We don’t go anywhere without it and can recommend the couch to fit: 6-week plan. There’s a free trial but then it’s $59.99 yearly or $9.99 monthly. Far cheaper than a gym!”