These days, a phone is an essential part of any gym kit. From providing the tunes to tracking your calorie burn or just snapping some sweaty selfies, the Sony Xperia X with object tracking technology in its camera, will keep up with you whatever the workout. But which apps will really raise your heartbeat?
If you want the ultimate work-out playlist
Listening to music while working out is a great motivator – but it helps if you listen to the right tunes. We all love Adele, but plodding along at the pace of those ballads isn’t going to push up your fitness level. Rock My Run measures your steps per minute and continually adjusts the music mix so that the BPM matches your pace.
You can choose any genre, from dubstep to classical, and there are thousands of exclusive mixes by the likes of David Guetta, Afrojack and Major Lazer.
If you want to up your step count
This clever little app was developed by the NHS and the Department for Health in an effort to inspire people to increase their daily step count. It works by reading you an interactive spy story as you walk, but you can only continue the adventure – and save your virtual life – if you carrying on walking.
You’ll be so engrossed, you’ll soon clock up the miles. Thankfully, you don’t have to finish the app’s 500 miles all in one day, but however far you choose to stride, battery life needn’t be a worry, because the Sony Xperia X’s battery lasts for up to two days.
If you like a bit of healthy competition
Aimed at cyclists and runners, Strava works by bringing out your competitive streak. The GPS tracks your distance and elevation, and average and best speeds, monitoring your progress all the while.
Crucially, it also connects you with friends and fellow athletes, so you can compare your performance to others on the same route and try to beat them for a place on one of the leaderboards. You can even track the progress of professional athletes, including many of the riders in this year’s Tour de France — just don’t expect to beat them.
If you need to be tricked into exercise
Obviously. This new free game from the Pokemon creators took the world by storm when it launched this summer – overtaking Twitter in the US in just a week. It wasn’t intended as a fitness app, but that’s been an unexpected and welcomed side effect. The game sends users running around streets and parks to catch virtual Pokemon.
In their attempts to “catch them all”, some users have reported clocking up more exercise than they have in years, and fitness tracker Jawbone reported a huge spike in physical activity the week after the app was released. After years of gaming being blamed for keeping people indoors and inactive, it seems there’s finally one that will get you fit and moving – without you even realising it.
And you never know, with the Sony Xperia X’s 23 megapixel camera, you might be able to capture some real wildlife on your travels too!
If you’re pushed for time
Pocket personal trainers – which provide tailored workouts straight to your phone – have soared in popularity, but this one is particularly useful for those who struggle to fit exercise into their daily lives. The premise is simple: you do seven minutes of exercise, seven days a week, for seven months.
The workouts use nothing more than a chair, a wall and your own bodyweight, so you can do them anywhere and you start off with three lives – skip and a day and you lose one, skip three days in a month and your progress resets to zero. For those really busy people, it even sets daily reminders.
If you need some team mates
Some people prefer to get their exercise fix through team sports, rather than pounding the pavement alone. But what if no one you know shares your passion for netball, you can’t find an opponent for a game of tennis, or there’s not enough of you for a five-a-side match?
Find A Player uses your location and preferences to search for like-minded sports fans nearby. You need never be short of a goalie again.
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