We all do it. During the excitement of the holidays, it’s easy to go overboard with food and drink while avoiding the gym. That’s what new year’s resolutions are for anyway, right? The problem is, the masses seem to struggle with keeping these plans. Many of us at team Style Salute usually have a hard time staying consistent with one of our biggest resolution: working out. Deadlines and meetings make it hard to find the time to hit up our favorite gym classes.
On the one hand, the adrenaline and sense of accomplishment at the end of a great run can be addictive. On the other hand, trying to replicate that on your own at the gym can be a real struggle. But let’s be real: Exercise is super important for our well being. It makes us feel stronger, happier, more confident, and even more productive.
My personal fitness interests include yoga, running, and a little bit of strength training. I try to workout from home when I can’t make it to the gym, but honestly, it can get a little boring. If like me, you’re the type that needs some motivation to work out, I’ve found that Aaptiv can help add structure to workouts. They specialize in “audio workouts,” meaning the workouts are voice recordings from trainers that you simply listen to in your headphones. The trainer will tell you what speed and level to set your cardio machine to, and provide helpful tips about form or breath. Plus, each workout includes its own playlist to match the mood.
Want to know how it works? I’ve broken down everything you need to know about the app, plus how to use it.
What It Is
It’s a workout app that provides unlimited access to audio-based fitness classes, programs, and challenges created by expert trainers. Aaptiv features workouts for cardio, strength, meditation and more.
How It Works
Convenience is my top priority, and Aaptiv gets it. There are classes for everyone, everywhere. You can workout at home, the gym, the park, or a hotel room. There are offerings with no equipment necessary. On the flip side, there are classes that include weights or specific pieces of equipment such as a row machine or stair climber. One of my personal favorites are the guided meditation choices!
What Makes It Great
Trainers are extremely important while working out. They often correct your form, tell you how to improve performance, and encourage you to keep working harder. The fact that this is all available via audio makes it easy to “meet with” a trainer at the drop of a hat. I also love the music. Each workout clarifies the genre of music, so I can jam out to classic rock one day, and pop the next.
How Much It Costs
$9.99 a month or $99.99 for the year. Members get unlimited, on-demand access to the wide-variety of classes offered. It’s a whole lot more affordable than a personal trainer, plus you don’t need an appointment.
How You Track Your Results
The app tracks your total minutes, mileage, and calories burned. Plus, you can download workouts and create both a “Favorites” and “To Do” list.
Now that you got the workout part down, let’s work on the style part. Ahead, we’ve found the best leggings to get you through workouts in comfort and style.