Dubai fitness apps to download in 2019

These will get you working up a sweat

Dubai fitness apps to download in 2019

There’s an app for everything these days – we can order food, clothes and cleaners at the tap of that smart screen – but the ones below are designed to get you out of the house.  Whether the intention is to lose weight, tone up or complete your first 5k, we’ve rounded up ten of the best apps to get you moving.

ClassPass
ClassPass arrived in Dubai late last year and transformed the city’s sport and fitness scene.Workout buddies of past went their separate ways as fitness buffs jumped ship in search of better gym classes (and no doubt a better deal) – though reunions could now be in store. The fitness pass app, which launched in October last year, recently took over its former rival, GuavaPass, the app that previously reigned supreme in the UAE. The packages work in more or less the same way, allowing users to visit different fitness studios across the city to mix it up and keep it interesting. Fitness centres include The Platform, Trident Wellness Centre, CycleBar Dubai and Crank. There’s a Dhs40 late cancellation fee, and the window for ducking out is 12 hours’ notice, which is a bit much in our opinion, but if you do see it through to the main event, you’ll probably find it way more motivating (and fun) to do it with other people. The app is now offering a two-week free trial, so there’s never been a better time to check it out.
From Dhs159 (two-three classes), www.classpass.com.

Diet
HealthifyMe
The team behind this free-to-download app are based in Bangalore, India, and pride themselves on having the largest database of Indian foods to keep track of calories – with a total of more than 55,000 foods. It’s been downloaded by more than five million people and scooped three successive “Best App of Year” nods from Google Play. You can input your daily intake, receive real-time insights on your food choices and instructions on 1,500 different exercises from coaches. While scoffing on curry and naans isn’t going to help you lose weight anytime soon, HealthifyMe will go a long way to making sure you’re at least cutting back on the bad stuff. Goodbye creamy kormas, hello pumpkin bhaji.
Free (premium option available). Available on App Store and Google Play, www.healthifyme.com.

MyFitnessPal
MyFitnessPal will help you track your daily nutrition – and probably lead to the realisation that you such a good secret eater that even you had no idea. The aim is to track everything you eat and set targets for calorie intake, weight loss, or nutrition goals – so no more head in the fridge shovelling wedges of brie into your mouth. There’s a handy scanner device to pick up information from barcodes if you can’t face painstakingly entering every last crouton from your Caesar salad, or you can add ingredients more precisely if you’re making a home cooked meal. Even if you’re not intending on losing weight or bulking up, it’s good to see what you’re putting in your body – 540 calories in a Big Mac? Who’d have thought it?
Free. Available on App Store and Google Play, www.myfitnesspal.com.

Exercises
Apple Health
You know what they say, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” Well, one Silicon Valley juggernaut has dragged that old idiom into the 21st Century thanks to its Health app. Apple automatically installs the digital doctor onto every device, which then syncs to all your devices. It’s a combination of stealthy, healthy tracking and manual input – it will automatically measure your step count, stair count, distance covered and even hours slept on your iPhone or Apple Watch, before you’re able to input additional information. This includes meals eaten, exercises completed and even medical test results. You can also create a Medical ID, which will provide information about yourself, such as allergies, to emergency services. It can be accessed without unlocking your phone.
Free (automatically installed on all devices). Available on App Store, www.apple.com/ae/ios/health/.

Couch to 5k
This one’s pretty self-explanatory. C25K has been designed to get even the most reluctant runner off their armchair and up on their feet, running five kilometres (or 30 minutes solidly) in just nine weeks. There’s a load of good advice for people who have never ran before, and some tips to get back into it if you’re a bit rusty. There’s also a “pooch to 5k” option that we are keen to get on board with, to get both you and your hound as fit as a butcher’s dog. All we need now is a canine – preferably a husky that can drag us along (or an ankle biter to have us running like the clappers).
Free, Available on App Store, Google Play and the NHS App Library, www.c25k.com.

Dubai Fitness App
The 2018 Dubai Fitness challenge may be long over – but the app lives on – in fact, it’s been given an update. The new and improved features include an activity tracker and the ability to sync with other activity tracker apps, to keep your motivation levels up. There’s also the ability to create and join groups and add friends, so you can spur each other on, or just show off your physical prowess digitally, if the physical ability evades you. There’s also the option to create social events within your corporate group, if you’re of that strange ilk who choose to see their colleagues outside of the workplace.
Free. Available on App Store, www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com.

Google Fit
More into Android than Apple? Then this is for you. Google worked with the World Health Organisation and the American Heart Association to create the app. It focuses on two light activity goals called Move Minutes and Heart Points. Move Minutes rack up when your device registers your activity – initially set at 100 minutes per day. This can be altered. While one Heart Point is earned for each minute of moderate exercise such as brisk walking, or double points for more intense activities like running. You can set goals, get expert tips and sync it with wearing sports tech from Nike+ and others to track your all
of your good progress.
Free. Available on Google Play, www.google.com/fit.

Nike Training Club
The Nike Training Club app is way more than just a running tracker, and if you can stick to this you need never spend another dirham on the gym. There are over 100 workouts to try, with professional Nike trainers and athletes showing you how it’s done through a series of video clips. Best of all, there are 15-minute options, meaning you can still feel like you’ve achieved something on the days when you can’t really be bothered to slog it out. The app is also pretty clever, and will create a personal training plan based on your needs, then continually adapt it as you go, meaning if you hit a peak, the workouts will adapt to push you further or get you back on track.
Free. Available on App Store and Google Play www.nike.com.

Sleep Cycle
You’re going to need some energy to power all of these workouts, and that starts with a good night’s sleep. The Sleep Cycle app analyses your sleep and wakes you up at the perfect time so you feel rested and energised for the day ahead. It works by tracking your sleeping patterns and waking you up during light sleep by monitoring signals from your body to wake you up softly at your desired time when you are in the lightest possible sleep stage – without that horror of the daily alarm.
Free. Available on App Store and Google Play, www.sleepcycle.com.

Healthy takeaways
Açai Spot
A berry that has loads of health benefits and also tastes great is one that we can get on board with. And the dishes on offer at Açai Spot are loaded with them. Whether you’re concentrating your dosage with an açai smoothie, or branching out into one of the many salads, sandwiches and soups, you’ll find a massive range of healthy options here.
Available on Deliveroo.ae and Talabat.com.

Kcal
Kcal operates a strict no-fry policy, but what it lacks in grease it makes up for in bountiful vegan options. Every dish on the menu has been whipped up to comprise a perfect combination of carbs, proteins, healthy fats and essential vitamins and minerals. Dishes include hearty lentil soup and quinoa and sweet potato salad. Let-uce feast.
Available from Deliveroo.ae.

Balance
Been good all week? Is that borderline primal need to have a treat taking over? Don’t want to feel that post-pizza guilt? Make a beeline for Balance on Deliveroo, because this place does low-calorie, low-carb, high-protein food that is, almost paradoxically, delicious too.
Available from Deliveroo.ae.

Poké & Co
“Hooked on healthy” is the strap line, and that’s because there’s almost nothing nasty on this restaurant’s menu. The healthy breakfast options here are worth getting up early for with the avocado toast with asparagus and zaatar (Dhs32), vegan banana bread (Dhs18) or the nut butter toast (Dhs21), all delightful options and totally guilt-free.
Available from Deliveroo.ae.

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