8 Best Fitness Apps for Older Adults

Por Lauren Bedosky |

No matter your interests or fitness level, we found a mobile app to make living your best life easier.

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We spend a lot of time staring at our phones. So we might as well use them to help us improve our health and fitness and lead healthier, happier lives.

Workout apps offer a way to do exactly that. The only problem: With more than 2 million options available, finding an app that's truly worth downloading can be an all-day endeavor.

That's why we did the work for you. Whether you use an Apple device or an Android phone, you'll find something to check out below. All of them meet these basic requirements:

  • Is it highly rated?
  • Is it user-friendly?
  • Is it reliable and not buggy?
  • Can it continue to grow and innovate? In other words, you won't outgrow it in a few weeks when your fitness improves.

Beyond that, they each offer something unique to make living your best life a little easier. Como siempre, la clave es la seguridad. If you are a beginner or have a chronic condition (including osteoporosis), balance issues, or injuries, talk to your doctor about how you can exercise safely.

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1. Apple Fitness+

Boredom is not an option with this popular app, which is included on all Apple devices. With its user-friendly interface and 12 types of workouts on offer, Apple Fitness+ has something for every fitness level and preference.

There are low-impact routines, including yoga, strength, Pilates, and more. You'll also find rowing sessions, treadmill runs, and dance workouts that get your heart pumping. There are even guided audio and video meditations to support cognitive health and stress relief. Apple users with auditory or visual impairments can still enjoy the app thanks to its robust accessibility features.

From guided morning walks to mindful bedtime meditations, Apple Fitness+ can help you prioritize well-being throughout your days.

SilverSneakers members with certain participating Medicare Advantage plans have access to the full library at no additional cost. Members can activate their Fitness+ subscription through their member account on SilverSneakers.com or through the SilverSneakers GO app (see below).

New subscribers get a free trial period; subscription prices vary; iOS only

2. SilverSneakers GO

SilverSneakers GO App

Finally, a fitness app designed with you in mind. SilverSneakers GO offers four- to 12-week strength training, walking, and flexibility and mobility programs that can be tailored to your fitness level.

Within each program, you’ll have access to easy-to-follow exercise demonstrations and tips to modify any movement to fit your comfort level and equipment needs.

Prefer working out with friends? The app will help you find nearby fitness locations and classes. Plus, activity tracking helps you track your progress. Mobile reminders ensure you never miss a workout.

Free, iOS and Android

3. Map My Walk

Map My Walk App

Walking is a fantastic low-impact activity you can do every day to stay healthy, and this app makes it easy to stay on track. You can set personal fitness goals, log your walks, save your favorite routes, and even find new places to walk nearby.

The app also offers audio feedback designed to help you improve every time you head out the door. (Can you go faster? Walk farther?)

Don’t let the name fool you: Beyond walking, you can track more than 600 sports and activities, including cycling, hiking, swimming, yoga, and even your go-to exercise classes.

Free with optional in-app purchases, iOS and Android

4. Yoga Studio

Yoga Studio app

Slow down with Yoga Studio's library of more than 100 ready-made yoga videos and meditations. You can search for classes based on duration (five to 60 minutes); ability (beginner to advanced); focus (balance, strength, relaxation); and intensity (low to high). Or build your own class from a library of 280 poses, complete with detailed instructions for each one.

You can download videos to get your yoga fix anytime-after downloading, you can view the videos without internet access. And if seeing a class on your calendar motivates you, the app's scheduling feature will be your best friend.

Free with optional in-app purchases, iOS and Android

5. C25K 5K Trainer

C25K 5K Trainer

Ease into jogging and ignite your competitive spirit with an app designed for beginners. C25K, which stands for "Couch to 5K," will guide you from inexperienced to 5K runner in eight weeks. You'll start out walking more than jogging and gradually progress until most of your session is spent jogging.

Just press "start," and let the audio coach guide you through a series of walking and jogging intervals for 30 minutes per day, three days per week. You may want to register for a 5K race so you're not tempted to skip your session.

Free with optional in-app purchases, iOS and Android

6. Chair One Fitness

Have limited mobility but love to dance? This app was created with you in mind. It offers a wide variety of seated dance-based routines for people of varying fitness levels, so it's truly an accessible way to get moving. The routines incorporate activities of daily living to help build strength and flexibility and boost cardiovascular health. Plus, the app's simple navigation is a breeze for even the least tech-savvy person.

Free trial with monthly and yearly subscriptions, iOS and Android

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7. 7-Minute Chi

7-Minute Chi

Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi is an effective exercise for gently improving strength, balance, flexibility, and range of motion. It’s especially beneficial for older adults with joint stiffness or who want to help prevent falls. And this app makes it easy to squeeze in a quick daily session.

Even if you're totally new to the practice, you'll have no trouble following along as Master Li guides you through a series of exercises. Audio prompts help you sync your breath with your movements and let you know what comes next so you can focus on your practice-not watching the clock.

Free with optional in-app purchases, iOS and Android

8. MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal App

Similar to other exercise-focused apps, MyFitnessPal lets you log workouts (choose from more than 350 exercises), track steps, and set daily movement goals. But what really sets this app apart is the nutrition- and calorie-tracking component.

The app's database of more than 6 million foods makes it easy to monitor your diet, no matter what you eat. Whether you're trying to lose weight or put on muscle, the app helps determine the best things to eat to meet your goals.

Even if you made something from scratch, you can input the recipe, and the app will estimate its nutritional information.

Free with optional in-app purchases, iOS and Android

Bonus App: Healthy Minds

OK, Healthy Minds isn’t technically a fitness app, but if your mind space needs a workout (and whose doesn’t), this free app is worth a look. You’ll learn the basics of meditation and mindfulness. You can choose different session lengths. Plus, it has helpful features that make it easy to track your progress.

Free on iOS and Android

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