Fitness videos are great when it comes to guidance, but they keep you stuck indoors. The latest audio versions, however, allow you to grab your phone and head out to your favorite park or beach. You’ll still get instruction and music — but with fresh air and a view!

Jenny Hill

Burning Out on Fitness TV?

Whether you’ve been working out to YouTube videos or DVDs, there’s no question that being able to visually confirm how certain moves are done can be helpful. But having to be near a screen to do your routine also mean that you’ll often have to contend with the distractions of family members or annoying gym “rats.”

And even if you opt for viewing the videos on something more portable, like your tablet, the limitations can be frustrating for cardio routines. After all, you can’t exactly stay in the zone when you need to keep your eye on the screen at all times.

On the Go

An audible workout app, on the other hand, allows you to simply grab your phone and go. The subscription system works especially well for cardio, in which you don’t need to study a complicated yoga move or modified plank. Instead, you can run around your neighborhood, hit the beach or just climb on the treadmill, knowing you let your imagination take you somewhere other than a tiny screen.

With audio workouts, it’s as if you have your own personal teacher telling you when to ramp up the running intensity, when to work in some squats, and when it’s time to cool down. Along the way, you’ll have music to keep things pumping or to cool things down, along with an expert’s voice to guide you through it.

Hunter Bryant

How it Works

A good audio workout app like Daily Spot or Aaptiv will allow you a free trial for several days, after which you can choose to subscribe for about $10 a month. Once you have the app, you can choose whatever workout suits you for the day.

Sort offerings by intensity level, type of workout (walking, running, marathon training, cycling and more), or by a preferred trainer. New workouts are uploaded every day, so you’ll never run out of options!