Motivating Apps That Will Keep Your Fall and Winter Workouts on Track

These excellent apps will boost your motivation and keep you focused on your fitness goals


We could list a million reasons to love fall and winter, but one not-so-loveable side effect of these two seasons is that as the temperatures drop and the sunlight starts to dwindle earlier each day, you might find that your motivation to work out begins to take a dip, too.

Don’t worry, though. You’re totally not alone. Your drive to snuggle up on the couch with a hot chocolate and your favorite Netflix series is only natural.

Not that you can’t or shouldn’t do that, just that you don’t want to end up neglecting your exercise routine as a result.

That’s where these apps come into play.

Whether you’re looking for a tool that can help reboot your current workout routine or you want to kick-start a totally new plan, using an app is one of the best ways to make sure you’ll stay on track.

Quite frankly, though, browsing through fitness apps can be fairly overwhelming. There are so many to choose from that by the time you weigh all of your options you’ll be too exhausted to even think about working out.

OK, we’re totally exaggerating. But there are a lot to choose from, so to help make finding the best one for you just a tiny bit easier, we rounded up this list of 11 apps (some brand new and some that have been around for a while) that will easily help keep your fall and winter workout plan on track all the way through spring and beyond. 


RunSocial/iTunes App Store

Saying goodbye to summer means most runners will soon be headed for the “dreadmill.” Maybe running indoors isn’t your favorite, but when you’ve got no other option RunSocial will help cure your winter running boredom and make your treadmill workouts exponentially more enjoyable (yes, you read that right — enjoyable). How is that possible, you ask? The app features a virtual reality-esque function that blends HD real-world video, 3D virtual world capabilities and social connectivity — essentially allowing users to run almost anywhere in the world. Designed specifically for devices with larger screens (like your iPad), RunSocial lets you visualize an outdoor run (in places like Italy, the Swiss Alps and Sequoia National Forest) while you log miles on the treadmill. Plus, for even more motivation you can “run with your friends” in real time and share your goals and accomplishments within the RunSocial community and beyond.


Tep/iTunes App Store

Remember those Tamagotchi toys from the 90s? Well this app is just like that, only better, because it helps boost your motivation to stay active and fit. Tep features an adorable virtual pet giraffe named Teppy, who relies on you for survival. For example, if Teppy is hungry, you’ll get a push notification — to feed him you have to earn coins by logging exercise. The longer you’re active, the more coins you earn. Tep also offers other motivational features, like a virtual coach and a diary so you can log and keep track of your progress.

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