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3 Bad Habits We All Need To Break

Need some fitness inspiration?

Like most people, I'm always thinking of new ways to improve my life.

My current obsession is drinking more water, and I have successfully drank more water this week than ever before! It was only by purchasing an enormous water bottle that I was able to make drinking water more convenient.

But even though I always try to have the best intentions, I still somehow manage to pick up some bad habits.

Here are 3 bad habits I plan to quit and how you can, too:

Stop Putting Off Exercise

I've tried joining a gym, thinking it would motivate me to exercise, but it never worked - I think I only went 3 times. The thought of exercising in public is intimidating. I never knew where to start when it comes to the gym.

This time around, I plan to start using Aaptiv to help me exercise at home in my own time, after a friend recommended it to me.

Aaptiv is an audio and video exercise app with a variety of fitness classes designed and taught by certified personal trainers and set to curated playlists. Classes range from a quick stretch under 10 minutes, to running, strength training, elliptical, and yoga workouts. I'm going to start strength training, and when I get more comfortable with the workouts, I plan to start taking them to the gym.

Stop Overspending

Looking at my finances, I've spent far too much money on unnecessary things (Lattes are my weakness). So, my plan is to get a coffee machine in my apartment to use instead of going to Starbucks daily. Plus, I plan to start making my own lunches for work instead of buying lunch every day. This will save me money and hopefully help me eat healthier, too.

Less Work Stress

My job can get pretty busy and stressful at times. My problem is, I take the stress with me after my day ends. I've done some research and looked into ways to wind down and de-stress, and one thing that keeps coming up is meditation.

My friend meditates daily and says it has reduced her stress levels dramatically. I've wanted to try it for a while but had no idea how to do it or where to start. When I discovered Aaptiv also has meditation classes, I was delighted I would finally be able to try it.

With some help from Aaptiv, I'll hopefully be able to break these habits and reach my fitness goals and be a little less stressed this year. Luckily, Aaptiv has classes for complete beginners and pros, so it's accessible for everyone.

Each class has a carefully curated playlist to match the rhythm and intensity of the workout – genres include dance/electronic, pop, alternative, classic rock, and hip hop. It's only $14.99 a month or $99 annually, plus it's super easy to cancel. Also, for a limited time they are offering their yearly membership for 70% off (just $29.99!!).

I've already checked out Aaptiv, and the classes are fantastic, so fun and so clear. I'd recommend Aaptiv to anyone who wants to start exercising at their own pace and wants to start the new year off with some positive changes.

SPECIAL OFFER: Aaptiv is giving our readers 70% off! Sign up now for this limited time offer. Follow this link and try Aaptiv today!

If you're working from home, then you have probably felt restless at some point. You wake up in the morning, make a cup of coffee, sit down at your desk--only to get up 45 minutes later to find yourself pacing around the room.

The reason we all feel so restless and fatigued is due to a lack of physical activity and exercise. Once the body no longer receives exercise, it begins to steal energy and nutrients in order to function.

Since gyms are closed, fitness apps are a great way to stay healthy on your time and budget. However, considering the massive selection of fitness apps available, it can be difficult figuring out which one is best for you.

We did some research, and based on reviews from customers and notable publications, the four most popular are - Aaptiv, Daily Burn, Fitbod, and Nike Training Club.

We compared these four health and fitness apps to understand which has the best value, and we have a winner! But first, here they are:

Aaptiv

As the top audio-based fitness app on the Apple App Store, Aaptiv uses audio-based guidance to aid you through every step of your workout. Their mission is to ensure that everyone can receive personalized fitness instruction, not just those who can afford a personal trainer.

Aaptiv includes unlimited access to over 2,500 guided workouts with structured programs to help you achieve your goal. In addition to your own customized program, more than 40 live classes are added each week. These live training programs include dozens of participants—creating the same supportive and inspiring community often found at the gym.

In terms of variety, Aaptiv embraces all paths whether it be a morning run, midday yoga session, after-work gym class, or bedtime meditation. Workouts can be broken down based on duration, trainer, or even music so you can create your perfect workout.

By leveraging audio-based fitness, Aaptiv effectively reduces screen time while working out and prevents poor posture from slumping over your phone. That way, users can freely move around, focus on form, and enjoy their surroundings. You can even take your workouts outdoors!

Aaptiv charges as low as $14.99 for a monthly subscription - subscribing to their annual subscription is $99/year which amounts to $8.33/month.

Daily Burn

Featuring notable trainers such as Bob Harper of The Biggest Loser, users receive access to robust training programs on all devices; smartphone, tablet, computer, and TV.

Each day, a new live workout is available for 24-hours on demand while users can chat with other participants to make workouts more fun and personable. Users are also assigned their own personal coach who is available 24/7 with information regarding workouts, diet, and more.

The variety of workout programs is extensive with some ranging several weeks to others lasting a single day.

Daily Burn charges as low as $14.95 for a monthly subscription

Fitbod

Fitbod is all about progress and planning. Their app uses artificial intelligence to design customized workout programs that include exercises, sets, and repetitions based on abilities, goals, and available gym equipment.

As Fitbod's algorithm learns from your past workouts, each workout becomes more difficult. You can even personalize your fitness goal around a set of muscles or style like strength-training, bodybuilding, muscle tone, general fitness, or powerlifting. From there you can select how much cardio you want to do, or if you want a warm-up or cool-down routine.

Fitbod charges $9.99 for a monthly subscription.

Nike Training Club

The Nike Training Club app has an excellent selection of individual workouts and multi-week training programs. When you first open the app, you're prompted to answer a series of questions pertaining to your gender, health, and lifestyle. Once you finish, a handful of workouts are immediately available for use.

The Nike Training Club app is loaded with over 185 free on-demand workouts led by Nike's Master Trainers and features a range of workouts to fit any routine. Difficulty levels span beginner to advanced, low to high intensity with durations from 15-60 minutes. You can also choose what kind of workout you want whether it be strength training, cardio, mobility, or yoga.

Nike Training Club premium membership costs $14.99 a month.

Overall Verdict: Aaptiv

While all four applications provide the customizable options for your fitness program, Aaptiv is the only app that leverages audio. Through audio-based learning, you can spend more time and energy focusing on your form and environment rather than being caught up staring at a screen. Plus, their upbeat music playlists are amazing and designed to help motivate you so you can push yourself further.

Through its empathetic trainers, customizable music, and tight-knit community-- Aaptiv is the perfect fitness app for all levels of fitness.

UPDATE: If you're still not sure, try it out anyway - Follow this link to sign up for the first week free!

If you're working from home, then you have probably felt restless at some point. You wake up in the morning, make a cup of coffee, sit down at your desk--only to get up 45 minutes later to find yourself pacing around the room.

The reason we all feel so restless and fatigued is due to a lack of physical activity and exercise. Once the body no longer receives exercise, it begins to steal energy and nutrients in order to function.

Since gyms are closed, fitness apps are a great way to stay healthy on your time and budget. However, considering the massive selection of fitness apps available, it can be difficult figuring out which one is best for you.

We did some research, and based on reviews from customers and notable publications, the four most popular are - Aaptiv, Daily Burn, Fitbod, and Nike Training Club.

We compared these four health and fitness apps to understand which has the best value, and we have a winner! But first, here they are:

Daily Burn

Featuring notable trainers such as Bob Harper of The Biggest Loser, users receive access to robust training programs on all devices; smartphone, tablet, computer, and TV.

Each day, a new live workout is available for 24-hours on demand while users can chat with other participants to make workouts more fun and personable. Users are also assigned their own personal coach who is available 24/7 with information regarding workouts, diet, and more.

The variety of workout programs is extensive with some ranging several weeks to others lasting a single day.

Daily Burn charges as low as $14.95 for a monthly subscription

Fitbod

Fitbod is all about progress and planning. Their app uses artificial intelligence to design customized workout programs that include exercises, sets, and repetitions based on abilities, goals, and available gym equipment.

As Fitbod's algorithm learns from your past workouts, each workout becomes more difficult. You can even personalize your fitness goal around a set of muscles or style like strength-training, bodybuilding, muscle tone, general fitness, or powerlifting. From there you can select how much cardio you want to do, or if you want a warm-up or cool-down routine.

Fitbod charges $9.99 for a monthly subscription.

Nike Training Club

The Nike Training Club app has an excellent selection of individual workouts and multi-week training programs. When you first open the app, you're prompted to answer a series of questions pertaining to your gender, health, and lifestyle. Once you finish, a handful of workouts are immediately available for use.

The Nike Training Club app is loaded with over 185 free on-demand workouts led by Nike's Master Trainers and features a range of workouts to fit any routine. Difficulty levels span beginner to advanced, low to high intensity with durations from 15-60 minutes. You can also choose what kind of workout you want whether it be strength training, cardio, mobility, or yoga.

Nike Training Club premium membership costs $14.99 a month.

Aaptiv

As the top audio-based fitness app on the Apple App Store, Aaptiv uses audio-based guidance to aid you through every step of your workout. Their mission is to ensure that everyone can receive personalized fitness instruction, not just those who can afford a personal trainer.

Aaptiv includes unlimited access to over 2,500 guided workouts with structured programs to help you achieve your goal. In addition to your own customized program, more than 40 live classes are added each week. These live training programs include dozens of participants—creating the same supportive and inspiring community often found at the gym.

In terms of variety, Aaptiv embraces all paths whether it be a morning run, midday yoga session, after-work gym class, or bedtime meditation. Workouts can be broken down based on duration, trainer, or even music so you can create your perfect workout.

By leveraging audio-based fitness, Aaptiv effectively reduces screen time while working out and prevents poor posture from slumping over your phone. That way, users can freely move around, focus on form, and enjoy their surroundings. You can even take your workouts outdoors!

Aaptiv charges as low as $14.99 for a monthly subscription - subscribing to their annual subscription is $99/year which amounts to $8.33/month. But, for a limited time you can get their yearly membership for 70% off!

Overall Verdict: Aaptiv

While all four applications provide the customizable options for your fitness program, Aaptiv is the only app that leverages audio. Through audio-based learning, you can spend more time and energy focusing on your form and environment rather than being caught up staring at a screen. Plus, their upbeat music playlists are amazing and designed to help motivate you so you can push yourself further.

Through its empathetic trainers, customizable music, and tight-knit community-- Aaptiv is the perfect fitness app for all levels of fitness.

SPECIAL OFFER: Aaptiv is giving our readers a limited time offer! Sign up now to get your first year of Aaptiv for 70% Off! Follow this link and try Aaptiv today!

I nearly shed a tear when the gym near my house closed. I was going to miss Avery at the front desk, and the class teachers, but I was also worried my routine was going to go out the window.

Just the act of going to the gym keeps me from getting lazy. I also don't have a stair climber, so I wasn't sure how I'd get my cardio in.

I texted my brother to reminisce about those weird locker rooms when he told me he downloaded an app called Aaptiv, so he'd still get his full workouts in without the gym. He said it was the only way he could drag himself to do Leg Day.

I doubted an app would motivate me more than a Bootcamp class, but he said he was a big fan of it.

I took a look at it online, and liked that they offer audio classes from a wide range of instructors - there was gentle yoga and intense strength training. I wanted to see more and saw that they had a 7-day free trial, so I planned on just setting up an account and browsing for a day.

Once I signed up, I was surprised at how many classes they offered - it was really detailed based on your fitness level, so you could find something for beginners, something for really advanced athletes, and everything in between. There were even fun challenges like learning the splits or increasing your push-up counts.

I don't have much room to work out at home, but I did have a mat that fit in my living room, so I wiped it down and decided to try one of the workouts, as a basis for what would become my new routine.

I chose to do an intermediate level 25-minute workout. I put on my headphones and was surprised to hear the Dua Lipa song I'd been listening to earlier - all the workouts have music, and you can even search by music type!

The workout was challenging, and I liked that it helped me access some muscles I don't typically use at the gym. The trainer was super talented and definitely pushed me to finish the workout.

I still wasn't convinced but figured I'd use it as much as possible during my 7-day free trial.

In the next 7 days, I did 7 different workouts, and really enjoyed each of them! I also didn't feel like I was getting a lesser workout just because I was home. As someone who only owned one pair of weights, I liked how much of the workouts were focused on using your body instead of equipment, and I actually felt like I got better workouts than I was getting before.

Aaptiv only costs $99 for the year (way cheaper than the gym and now 50% off) so I decided to get it - but they also have a $15 monthly plan in case you aren't quite as ready to commit as I was. I don't know how long I'm going to be without a place to work out, but taking this to the gym and doing their treadmill and higher-weight workouts will be awesome.

I'm glad I tried Aaptiv because it fits perfectly into my routine right now. No matter what your fitness level is, they really have everything, so you'll find something that you like.

SPECIAL OFFER: Aaptiv is giving our readers a limited time offer! Sign up now to get your first year 50% off! Follow this link and try Aaptiv today!