For truck drivers spending the majority of their time on the road, it may be difficult to stay motivated to get and stay fit. Your phone can help with that. There are a variety of free apps available for iOS and Android that offer exercise walk throughs, calorie counters and running training. The seven applications listed below are all good options for the busy truck driver.
MyFitnessPal works as a calorie counter, letting users set weightloss goals and then showing them how they need to adjust their calorie intake to meet those goals. Users can input their food as well as their exercises for an idea of how many calories they’re ingesting versus how many they’re burning through physical exercise. This app also syncs with several fitness apps, saving users time by automatically updating their fitness information. Available for free on iPhone and Android.
2. Couch to 5k
Zen Labs Fitness’ C25k app helps users build up endurance to run a 5k. It starts users at a gradual pace, and ups difficulty each week by extending jog times and shortening walk times. Users can repeat a day or week if they found it particularly difficult. For truckers looking to get into running but not sure where to begin, this app can help them get the training they need to be successful. Available for free on iPhone and Android.
RunKeeper can calculate your running pace, route distance, elevation and calorie burn. It provides useful analytics information for truck drivers who are new to running as well as those who have been running for a while. The app lets you set goals and track your progress, and users can choose from pre-planned GPS routes or map their own run. Available for free on iPhone and Android.
4. Sworkit Lite
This free version of the Sworkit app acts as a mobile personal trainer, with video routines ranging from five minutes long to 60 minutes. The video exercises are demonstrated by personal trainers and users can choose between strength, cardio, yoga, pilates and stretching. For the truck driver who has been cooped up all day, stretching can help relieve sore back and neck muscles. Available for free on iPhone and Android. There is an expanded version available in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store for $3.99.
6. 7 Minute Workout
The 7 Minute Workout app has users work through 12 high intensity bodyweight exercises with 30 seconds per exercise and 10 seconds of rest between exercises. This app is great for truckers not only because of its manageable seven minute time, but because it relies completely on bodyweight and doesn’t require any other fitness equipment. Available for free on iPhone and Android.
The Nike+ Training Club app features over 100 exercises designed by Nike Master Trainers and pro athletes. Truck drivers can use this app to train anywhere and anytime for however short or long they need. You can also use the app to set goals to help you stay motivated. Available for free on iPhone and Android.