Over 60? These Are the Best Workout Apps for Weight Loss
Whether you find yourself feeling especially achy after a tough workout or notice that you don't have the stamina on the treadmill you once did, aging comes along with numerous physical changes you can't always prepare for. However, just because you've noticed that your fitness needs have changed after hitting 60 doesn't mean that you can't get a great workout that's tailored to your specific goals.
With the help of personal trainers, we've rounded up the best workout apps for weight loss if you're over 60, so read on to find your perfect fit. And for more simple ways to slim down, check out these 15 Underrated Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work.
If you're looking for a fun way to shed a few extra pounds, personal trainer and yoga and Pilates instructor Sara Faravelli of MyBeautik says that Fitocracy is a great way to hold yourself accountable.
"Fitocracy allows users to compete with one another by either challenging friends or strangers on the app. You can either pledge your weight, lose or gain weight, and track your progress within the app," Faravelli explains.
If you need more incentive to work out than just the promise of added muscle tone or cardiovascular wellbeing, DietBet might just be the app for you.
"DietBet rewards users who are trying to lose weight by supporting them financially," explains Faravelli, who recommends the app for over-60 clients trying to shed pounds. "After you set your bet, you have four weeks to work out and eat well until the game begins."
One of the few fitness apps designed specifically for seniors, SilverSneakers is a great way to start your fitness journey—and it's even covered by some Medicare plans.
"SilverSneakers is the best app as it's free and more than 10,000 gyms post their workout videos," says personal trainer Isaac Robertson, co-founder of Total Shape.
However, Robertson cautions that anyone using the app should still listen to their body and not overexert themselves. "Make sure you get help if you find some of the exercises a little difficult—or you can skip to the next one," Robertson says.
Even if you're relatively new to working out, MyFitnessPal can provide you with the tools you need to lose weight and get healthier, thanks to its unintimidating and user-friendly programs.
"This application is great for people over 60 as it provides top-of-the-line workout routines suited for older fitness enthusiasts," says personal trainer Dave Shelton, founder of My Fitness System. "Additionally, MyFitnessPal allows you to effectively track your daily calorie consumption to ensure your nutrition is on point and in line with your goals."
If you're looking for a low-impact workout routine that will help you shed those extra pounds, look no further than the Daily Yoga app.
"The Daily Yoga application is great for folks over 60 years old and is looking to create a simple and effective workout routine," says Shelton. "Regular yoga practice will dramatically increase your strength and mobility. As you age, maintaining your strength, balance, and flexibility is key to longevity and minimizing injury."
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