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Curb the winter pounds with these indoor-friendly Android workout apps

by Kristen Nicole

Google Play is full of fitness apps that track your jogs, hikes and bike rides using GPS, recommending trails to explore and documenting how far you’ve gone. But for many, the autumn and winter seasons drive us into hibernation, shortening our daylight hours and covering our jogging trails with inches of snow. Combined with the holiday season of plenty, the winter fats seem inevitable. But with the help of these Android apps, you’ll never be at a loss for indoor workouts, whether you’re in a gym, on a treadmill or are limited to household items.

RunKeeper (Free)

RunKeeper is a pretty popular app in Google Play, used by runners to track fitness activities across distance and time. But even without the need for GPS tracking, this free app can monitor your workouts for treadmill and other cardio equipment use. It measures everything you track during a run, including distance, time, pace, calories and heart rate. Looking to the promise of connected devices, RunKeeper also supports the Polar WearLink heart monitor for pairing, letting you automatically incorporate your heart rate with the other real-time data this Android app tracks.

Daily Ab Workout ($0.99)

Crunches are something you can do anywhere to keep your mid-section toned. Working out for a few minutes a day, you can turn to the Daily Ab Workout for exercises geared to fend off belly fat. The app features about 30 ab-sculpting exercises, curated by a personal trainer. The full version of the Android app has video tutorials and a timer (which you set), and a randomizing feature if you’d like to switch up the daily routine. Daily Ab Workout is just one app in a series of workout apps from Daniel Miller, which also include apps for daily cardio, arm and glut workouts.

Pocket Yoga ($2.99)

Pocket Yoga for Android is a digital yoga instructor in the palm of your hand. Keep your downward dog on pace and on schedule without having to cart your mat across town. This Android app features three different practices at three different levels, offering three duration options as well. It’s a good mix and match for regular yoga upkeep, offering audio and visual instruction guides through each pose. There’s no video but the illustrations are easy enough to read. Pocket Yoga has an in-app dictionary with descriptions and benefits of each pose, and support to play music from your Android library as you work through each yoga position.

JEFIT Pro ($4.99)

Weightlifting is typically the highlight of any gym rat’s day, so if you’re already keen on indoor workouts, JEFIT is worth a try. It’s designed for bodybuilding and weight training, with a broad exercise and routing database on the web. You can track your workouts, customize routines and pull up stats for your progress. There’s targeted routines for bulking up, getting cut and more general needs, and each set within a given routine can be modified. The full version comes with some additional features for auto-tracking, helping you to stay on top of your reps.

Travel WODs: Travel Workouts ($1.99)

You can’t always take your weights, mats and workout balls with you while you travel, so Travel WODs is a great companion for those in need of some creative muscle toning exercises. You can leverage your own body weight, a sturdy wall and even a nearby table or chair to help you stay fit, working various muscles with squats, push-ups, planks and more. Time yourself with the in-app timer, tracking your progress on a graph. You can go with the preset program provided by Travel WODs, or do a filtered search to narrow down the workouts that best suit you.