Many health and fitness apps seem to target the young and the fit. But exercise needs change as we age.
Balance-focused movements, for example, become even more critical for preventing falls and related injuries. Exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor muscles may help you gain better bladder control over the years. And plenty of us appreciate having low-impact movement options for creaky joints.
The good news is that if you’re 50 and looking for ways to get in shape or track calories, there are plenty of apps to help.
Here’s a sampling of fitness apps designed with older adults in mind.
Want customized menus, activity plans, and stress-relief tips from experts? The Flip50 program offers discounts on services like massages and acupuncture. It also grants users access to classes and over 10,000 fitness centers such as Curves and LA Fitness.
Looking for new walking routes? Browse MapMyWalk. The app also lets users set goals, track time, and count steps. It also connects users with a community of global trekkers.
Noom is a behavior change app that anyone can use. Yet, a 2020 study of nearly 15,000 Noom users between 35 and 85 years found that older adults dropped more pounds than their younger counterparts. The changes can help decrease the risk of type-2 diabetes and other health issues.
This companion app to the SilverSneakers program allows older adults to view course schedules and find workout locations. Online options are also available for those who prefer to exercise from home. Choose from strength, cardio, and meditation classes.
Personalization is becoming more and more important in health and wellness. Designed with older people in mind, Mighty Health offers live coaching, nutrition-focused content, and low-impact workouts.
The Yoga Studio offers videos and meditations for yogis of all abilities. Users can also choose from a library of 280 poses to build their own class. Detailed instructions for doing each asana are available.
How to choose an app
Here are some tips for finding the right fitness app for you.
- Know your goal. Are you looking for specific workouts? Want an app to count your steps? Figure out your needs and how you want your app to support you.
- Do your research. Once you find an app you’re interested in, read the app reviews posted by users in the app store.
- Start free. Look for apps that offer a free trial. If you like the app’s features and functionality, you can always upgrade after the free trial period.